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” —LL Cool J
‘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…
You’ve been framed followed by Gladiators then after that, Blind Date and possibly a movie like ‘Father of the Bride’ to end the night. Ahhh what has happened to ITV?
It seems that we wait every six months for good Saturday night television. Yeah there are shows like ‘The Cube’ and ‘Strictly come dancing’ but lets face it we don’t rush home to catch it in time and we aren’t exactly pissed off if we happen to miss it.
Now with no Simon Cowell we have to tolerate the bootleg version ;Gary Barlow. Take That’s lead singer tries his very best to deliver the critical and sometimes sarcastic feedback to the contestants with his dapper demeanour but it will never quite be the same. We still love him though. Having said this X Factor is arguably the biggest Saturday night television show of our time. Although it’s claimed to be all about talent there’s no doubt that the appalling performances from the audition stages are only aired to keep us entertained. It also seems like the entertainment is derived from arguments between the judges and the rude comments they throw at the contestants.
This wasn’t always the case though because Saturday nights were fun filled, as the shows were enjoyable and appropriate for all the family. These days it’s an hour of laughs with a dead TV line up to follow. Have we have forgotten about the shows we grew up watching?
Let us take this time to reminisce on the great line-up of TV show of the good old days such as ‘Blind Date’ and ‘Gladiators’.
these guys, the neat guys, smart and streetwise.” —
Ya wanna see the inside, huh, I see ya later
Here come the drama, oh, that’s that nigga wit the fake, blaow!
Why you punch me in my face, stay in ya place
Play ya position, here come my intuition” —Notorious B.I.G - Sky’s the limit
If you are 16 and over and you never watched Barney as a child its sad. Your parents deprived you from such a fun and loving show, and you should probably slap them with a wet fish. Barney and Friends and his mates Baby Bop, B.J and Riff were dons. They would transform from stuffed animals and entertain us alongside a few pre school kids and then return back to the original state by home time.
Fun timesBack to the dude inside the suit, my man was black. David Joyner played Barney from 1991-2001. If you are amongst the children who were privileged enough to know watch what I’m on about hug your Mother and sing
I love you You love me
We’re a happy family
With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you
Won’t you say you love me to
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