In the late 1980s, I was a big fan of Banana Republic. Actually, I’ve bought items from Banana Republic many times since then, but the Banana Republic of today is very different from the Banana Republic of then.
It used to be that Banana Republic was more of a catalog experience, where the catalogs were printed on cream colored, heavy stock paper. The items were not photographed but illustrated, and they were described in expansive, worldly prose. Continue reading The Weekend Dress, circa 1986
Our next Kooky Christmas Countdown entry finds the atomic cloud inside the holiday’s silver lining.
#12: “All I Want for Christmas” by Timbuk 3
As much as this is an anti-war and anti-consumerism song, it’s also something of a fun flashback for anyone who grew up in the 1980s and had these toys. “Transformers? I had those! They were awesome!”
“All I Want for Christmas” by Timbuk 3
Probably the strangest aspect of this video is the description included by the guy who posted the video on YouTube. He disagrees with the politics of the video but apparently felt obliged to share it anyway. You might call that fair and balanced.
Find this on the power-packed compilation New Wave Christmas – Just Can’t Get Enough.
Up next on Kooky Christmas: The elves who make the toys are none too happy lately.
(Photo: Doug Menuez/Corbis for New York Magazine)
Though they may look (and sound) like Off Broadway send-ups, eighties-inspired workouts like Keightley’s are proliferating. Just as bat-winged sweaters and pegged pants are reappearing on runways, classic cardio burns from the eighties are back in fashion, too. The primary appeal: They’re simple and they make you sweat. “Gym classes have gotten so high-concept—Yogalates plus spinning plus meditation, all in 45 minutes!” says Keightley, whose classes are held at NYSC locations all over town. “It’s hard to know if you’re burning enough calories to make a difference.”
“What a Feeling!” New York Magazine
(Via Alex Balk, who is old enough to remember Jane Fonda but prefers not to remember.)