Wednesday, April 28, 2010

twin peaks

So after hearing about Twin Peaks in passing many times before, a good friend begun watching it a couple of weeks ago and raved about it. So I found it online one evening and decided to try the pilot. I watched three more episodes in one sitting. I'm hooked. I'm only on episode seven of season two so don't spoil me yet!

For those who aren't familiar with it, Twin Peaks is a cult 90s TV series directed by David Lynch that follows the investigation, headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), of the brutal murder of a popular teenager and homecoming queen, Laura Palmer. The show's name comes from its setting, a small fictional Washington town.

My oh my, for a small town the women certainly are stunning. My favourite characters are Agent Cooper, femme fatale Audrey and ditsy secretary Lucy, who has a penchant for loudly patterned jumpers.

I've been getting sartorial inspiration from the series too. The clothes are very 90s, lots of oversized jumpers, plaid button-ups and tight pants, long skirts and calve boots for the girls. The make-up is subtle, with the emphasis on lips and the eyebrows. Although some trends are best left in the nineties, when you look as good as these ladies do baggy skirts don't seem so dated after all. (But I won't be picking up on this dear reader.)

A lot of things happen in small towns. Well in television land at least.

Who killed Laura Palmer?

I have a vintage Biba shirt sort of like this one! Look at that for perfectly teased hair though. Damn.

Not all the hair is big though, it can be slick and sexy too. It works. Maybe only Cooper can work this without looking like a sleazy businessman.

Audrey has a timeless sense of style, 50s plaid skirts and sweet little jumpers (sweaters), worn with saddle shoes or daring pumps.

Oh Lucy and her mad jumpers. And hair.

Did someone say hair?

More mad jumpers.

While we're on the topic of hair... the young gents sport some of the most unfortunate hairstyles of the 90s. Note the floppy 'boyband hair'.

Yes so the hair is big, we get it.
Moving on...

Cooper likes a damn good cup of coffee, he has a tape recorder on hand at all times that he refers to as 'Diana', his imagined secretary of sorts.

But there's serious business at hand.

Some light relief too.

To conclude I want some saddle shoes, a man who likes his coffee and has weird eccentricities (but perfectly gelled hair) and am almost tempted to cut my hair short. Almost, but not quite.

I don't know if I've convinced you, but this might:

Screenshots were all found here.

Also I found this amusing, seems that Lynch has a whole repertoire of advertisements under his belt. I don't quite understand the girl at the end, but whatever.

Now no more posting for the next three weeks. I have the serious business of exams. I got one completed today though, so only four left. I took the evening off and watched episodes of Twin Peaks of course.


  1. Hello, I just came across your blog and you've hooked me with this post!! My husband and I discovered Twin Peaks last year, and it's our FAVORITE!!!! Great Post :)

  2. Ahh I've never watched Twin Peaks but my, I love seeing old shows and the costume!!

  3. big hair, bright lips and thick brows, my favourites out of the nineties! i really want to give this show a chance, you might have convinced me!

  4. Who killed Laura Palmer? !!

    i cant remember. lynch is the best when it comes to dramatic scenes full of lust.
    i have to see that show again.
    i was 2 young to remember.

  5. Amazing! I had forgotten about loony lucy. I supposed the loony is redundant when talking about a Twin Peaks character, they're all pretty out there. Including Log Lady... Totally normal but carries round a log like a baby.
    I have to get the boxset!
    Thanks so much for this post! Love the blog, blogrolled! Xx

  6. I just discovered Twin Peaks a couple of years ago & I think it's amazing. I had already seen Blue Velvet (a film by Lynch that deals with similar themes: small town, dark underbelly etc, also Kyle McLachlan!)
    I instantly fell in love with 'parts' of twin peaks. I won't lie, I find the subject matter often quite disturbing as I'm not used to watching surrealist stuff, but to me it's one of the most visually pleasing shows ever. The looks, the hair, the colors, also the background sounds. I still remember very vividly this scene where Audrey Horne steps out of a car, there's a shot of the b+w spectator shoes she's wearing (she later changes into pumps) & finding it so lovely.