Friday, August 27, 2010

i carried a watermelon

There are few simple pleasures in life. One of them is dark chocolate. The second is using a new pen and lecture pad for the first time. And the third is Dirty Dancing. That movie just gets better and better with age, even more naff (if at all possible) but also even more enjoyable. Even more cringe-worthy, but also even more tear-inducing. I defy anyone to be moved by the final scene of that film, that moment where Baby laughs at Johnny sidling up to her... that's the laugh of someone deeply in love. It doesn't matter that it's Patrick Swayze (but boy, does he look good), it doesn't matter that his hair is as high as a kite, it doesn't matter that her name is 'Baby'. It's wonderful and touching and real. Yes, I am still talking about dirty dancing here. It was on late night tv tonight and I watched it whilst trying to do my civil war readings. Needless to say I read about half a page before throwing it down and settling in with tea and ecoliers. 


Something I was struck with watching it this time was how American Apparel it all was. I was reminded of a post Stevie did ages ago about dirty dancing, and how it made her want to go to American Apparel. Well, it may be about a year later, but i get it now!  Swishy dance skirts like the floor length maxi's they have in store now. Denim cut offs and washed out saturated leotards. Checked skirts and tight white chinos. 60s, but informed by the 80s. It's that exact kind of preppy dance-slut that AA loves. (I guess they don't call it dirty dancing for nothing, har har har). Now, I'm not one of those by any stretch of the imagination, but the whole thing has got me thinking. Who wouldn't want to be Baby having a summer fling? 

all images from american apparel

My mum said to me while we were watching - "but this is so unrealistic. Where will it go? how could it possibly turn into anything? it's just a summer romance". I guess the answer to that is, it doesn't matter, really, does it? It happened, that's enough.

X


11 comments:

lavelle said...

I love love love Dirty Dancing! It is not my usual choice of film at all but it is my definate guilty pleasure! Me and some friends went to see it at an outdoor cinema in a city centre park recently

The new look AA really does remind me of the style in this film, a bit more late 80s/early 90s preppy as opposed to the horrid lycra/wet look/neon that AA has done in the past

I really really want one of the chiffon maxis (if it came in grey or dusty pink I would have to fork out)and a preppy cut-off sleeves button up xx

Phoebe said...

LOVE Dirty Dancing, I went to see it in the West End & it just might have been a little bit better.

Kaylene said...

Jennifer Grey is the one star who makes me really sad that she had plastic surgery.

whateverscoolwithme said...

This is SO funny! I am having flash backs to watching this as a new release at my friend Olivia's house. Why? Because my mum wouldn't let me watch it - it was "too racy" ! LOL.

Crap....that's showing my age...

But seriously, the Dirty Dancing colour palette is so on trend, isn't it?

Sarah Dee said...

Love. Thats it.

i want what she's wearing said...

Oh god that last screenshot of them kneeling is the part of the movie that absolutely makes me giddy to the point where actual tears well in my eyes!! I've always dreamt of re-enacting just that little piece of the movie.... so good. "Oh Loverbooooyy"

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Ania said...

I've seen it only once, on a bus ride to London when I was 10 (it was my first journey and flights were veery expensive in my country). Suddenly these high-waisted denim shorts and tank tops are looking quite appealing, although it might be just me missing summer in rainy London ;)

minor keys said...

i liked the movie too. Who wouldn't want to be Baby??

Georgina-Kate said...

You have just named some of the greatest pleasures in my life! I may just HAVE TO watch Dirty Dancing tonight. And eat dark chocolate. Peer pressure is awful, ain't it?!

I have never been a fan of American Apparel but I really like the maxi-skirt look in the second image. So different for them and really special. Reminds me of the Italian summer in another classic film - Stealing Beauty.

I've just set up a new fashion blog - Maid'n Britain. It would be great if you could check it out. X

Lawn Party... said...

ive seen it probably close to a 100 times and couldn't agree with you more. plus "i carried a watermelon," has always been my favorite line.