We all know the 80s era was mad fashionable hence way it keeps coming back onto our catwalks and high street shops. Beside the point, I bought my dad the Cosby Show box set recently as a birthday present and I ended up watching the majority of the episodes on my Jack Jones. They all had an individual and expressive manner towards fashion, from Cliff’s colourful knitwear to Denise’s eccentric blazers and over-sized shirts. Its funny how their style has only stood out to me like a decade later. From colour blocking to the trench coats in the garb of the English everything was present.
I actually couldn’t help but notice that the mother of the classic 80s/ 90s sitcom Phylicia Rashād (Clair Huxtable) had a banging dress sense. And so therefore I give the award to her for being the bested-dressed-Huxatable. This also includes her consistency and distinctive mannerism. There wasn’t even one outfit that I didn’t agree with; I loved it all.
Now with the pencil skirt, colourful knitwear and skinny belts back in trend, you wish there was a way to have access granted to Clair’s wardrobe.
Personally if I had one wish I would want to see all their wardrobes exhibited at a museum or in an archive. But until that day comes do yourself a favour and watch the whole of season 3, I guarantee that your eyes will be amazingly exfoliated and stimulated.
Bamboo earrings, at least two pair
A Fendi bag and a bad attitude
That’s all I need to get me in a good mood
She can walk with her switch and talk with street slang
I love when I woman ain’t afraid to do her thang
Standin’ at the bus stop, suckin’ on a lollipop
When she gets pumpin’, it’s hard to make the hotty stop
She likes to dance to the rap jam
She’s sweet as brown sugar with candied yams
Let’s hear it for the girl
She’s from around the way"
‘I want a girl with extensions in her hair
Bamboo earrings At least two pair
A Fendi bag and a bad attitude
That’s all I need to get me in a good mood .’
LL Cool J’s Around the girl lyrics just take me back. Extentions. Where do I start? Long, short. Slim, thick. Synthetic, human. Sealed with hot water, burnt by candle. I’m sure you’ve got the point! Braids ruled my life when I was growing up. My mum like most African mums hated to see my left out so it forever lived in braids with the occasional hair relaxers in between. Gosh I remember the good old days.
As time went on, we grew up and swapped the enforced plait-couiffere and traded it for a Nyxon gel and Luster’s pink oil moisturizer and Blue Magic. Then came the tracks, followed by the full head weave, back to single plaits but with human hair, to the short hair cut and then to the Nicki Minaj-box-fringe… I believe the cycle has started again, after all fashion is always repeating itself.
In the 90s, R&B singer Brandy was the one of biggest hairstyle icon, her videos and sitcom Moesha made rocking extentions cool and recently she has been spotted sporting the single plaits again and so has Solange Knowles. The Poetic Justice inspired jumbo plaits are hot and easy to maintain. Its nice to see this nostalgic style and ultimate hair-grower make a comeback. I didn’t think that I’d ever hop on the band wagon in this day in age but I did…