I'm going to an 80s New Romantic party on Saturday night. When I told Zoe about this, her first lightning response was 'have you got your feather earring?'.
I was in the thick of the New Romantic trend, in my early teens, glued to Countdown to see the latest fashion trends from the UK and trying them all out at school discos. Without going to my vinyl collection (that's this afternoon's pleasure -- I'm delaying it), I can remember:
-- gelling the hair back at the sides, and up at the top.
-- eyeliner. lots of eyeliner.
-- white powder on the face.
-- ruffled white shirts.
-- costume jewellery in the shape of gilt picture frames filled with stained-glass-window-like plastic*
-- feather earrings.
-- ribbons, preferably black, tied around the throat.
-- shoestring ties around the neck of the aforementioned white shirt, with the collar up and proud.
OK, so thats the list dredged from the dark vapid recesses of my mind. Anyone got anything else?
* I still had a brooch like this up until recently until a friend noticed Bumblebee wearing it and successfully offered him money for it. This is the same friend having the party this weekend. (I have high hopes of an alcohol-fueled recovery of it, heh.)