I'm going to start this off 'Dear Diary' style and say that today has been a shit day. I was suffering from a short but severe bout of food poisoning. I had a rubbish day at work. The tube journey back home was dire. Quite literally, the day was just pure pants (US translation - pants = awful!). Thankfully, my mother had dropped off the last of my vast DVD collection at my apartment and I took one look and said 'Pretty in Pink it is..'. Yes, it's one of those days when that film picks me up like no other. Let's ignore the oblivious fact that Andie should have gone for the infinitely cooler Duckie as opposed to the rich, wet, drip Blane guy and concentrate on the fabness that is Andie Walsh's style.
It comes as no surprise that Andie Walsh is one of the few movie fashion types that I actually identified with. The girl didn't have much but what she piled on everything in a sort of studied haphazardness that always looked fantastic. Given I watched this film when I was about 7, I think she might have actually been the first one to instill the found object/vintage style concept into my then-underdeveloped fashion brain. The 'Oh I made this out of some stuff I found/I bought this for like $5' style method that so many now adopt. I know people like her existed many moons before the film's inception but that character gave me my first glimpse into that way of dressing and I guess I have to be grateful. The 'combine two dresses to make one prom dress' ranks quite high on the fashion film moments list. Topped off with some OMD and New Order, it pretty much perked up the shit day.