Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Retrospiration: "DTMTBD"

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead or  
Panique chez les Crandell (French title, as I just learned from imdb)

Everyone who loves DTMTBD will you please stand up.
Okay, those still sitting please leave the room. I don't want to see yo' face.
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this movie as a child. Christina Applegate's character (Sue Ellen) definitely planted the "fashion designer dream" in my head  Until the age of 19, my dream of becoming a fashion designer and going into the industry was steadfast, and I would say that this movie in addition to my mother's Neiman Marcus catalogs had the biggest influence over my fashion drive.

You see, Sue Ellen pretty much fulfilled my teenage dream job: 
tricking the industry into thinking she's older and accidentally becoming a designer.

Even more, DTMTBSD was a dark teenage comedy with kids are living alone without supervision. It was like mixing MTV with the Box Car Children, a.k.a childhood utopia.
So, Sue Ellen's look can be summarized by a few things:
1) Big Earrings
2) Big Shoulder Pads
3) High-waisted pants
4) Bright colors
5) Gaudy jewelry...
Sound familiar? Seems the 20 year cyclical fashion theory is correct.
"I'm right on top of that Rose!"


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