Monday, June 7, 2010

Dazed and Confused.

I watched Dazed and Confused (1993) for the first time this weekend, I've been hankering to see it for a long time now and finally found it. Having only previously seen Linklater's Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset I was apprehensive, as to be honest, my friend and I giggled ridiculously through both of those films, particularly the former. We could not comprehend how the beautiful Julie Delpy could be romanced by the slimy Ethan Hawke. In fairness though, it was a great concept for a film and beautifully filmed.

Anyway, I loved Dazed and Confused, the youthful "fuck it" attitude of the characters, seniors vs. freshmen rivalry and the clothes. The preppy, casual seventies look was done so well, it seems to me that everyone seemed fit and healthy back then and the clothes were sexy but tasteful. All flared jeans, tube tops and waistcoats, oversized colourful shirts on the boys. Everything worked. Why aren't guys these days braver with their colour palette? And I was impressed that none of the girls outfits were not the least bit vulgar, no bulging cleavage here! Just well fitting jeans and glorious long locks.

The music is pretty awesome, so is the script, it doesn't reek of nostalgia to the seventies, I think it very accurately portrays a bunch of teenagers celebrating their re-discovered freedom for the summer with music, beer and weed. It just captures the more relaxed sensibility of the seventies.

"Because if we are all gonna die anyway shouldn't we be enjoying ourselves now? You know, I'd like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor insignificant preamble to something else."

One of the best things about this film: Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey). A man who can pull off pink flares, a porn tash and cowboy boots?!

Feeling inspired I had a look through my wardrobe. No flares there. I want a really well fitted pair of jeans, the search continues. I'm still in love with straight cut jeans or cigarette pants. I pulled out a denim sundress I got in H&M at the start of the summer. Great. But wait, I have no sandals - I'm not keen on the gladiator ones everywhere this summer (and last come to think of it). I'll need to wear something over my sundress. Nothing with even a hint of hippie freshness about it. So I just pulled on a cardigan and felt a bit boring. I think I'll have to get over my wariness of baring my arms and search for a seventies waistcoat.

Cardigan, old Topshop. Sailboat necklace, Topshop. Sundress, H&M. Mary Janes, Office.

I am Little Miss Fickle when it comes to which decade I like best. My wardrobe is mostly sixties style minidresses but every time I watch a particular film I change my mind. The information age is frustrating at times! Maybe this is why Biba is my favourite brand, as its inspiration came from the twenties and thirties but was distinctly seventies in mood.


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  5. I loved this movie so much! It really, really made me want to crawl into a time machine to the '70s and just stay there forever!

  6. I love your talk of style! You should make yourself some fun murals to hang from your wall so you can stand in front of them to show off your outfits. You could create any world you wanted!

  7. Yesss! Love this film and will now be hunting down a copy to indulge in this weekend! I totes forgot that MMcConaughey was in it too.
    Hello! Biba, oh yeah, Try and find some Biba vintage, now that's a challenge!
    Now... where are MY flares!
    Great post lovely!

  8. omg this is one of my favourite films and the sole reason i spent years looking for high waist flared jeans!! woo so happy you posted about it, it's so good and not at all cheesy and i looove matthew mcconaugty in it!