... bad ro­mance

The Weekend Australian - Life - - STYLE -

WHAT­EVER hap­pened to the New Ro­man­tics? Are they just the Vin­tage Ro­man­tics now? I am pray­ing this form of dress­ing makes what would be a very wel­come re­turn at the up­com­ing Women's Fash­ion Shows next month.

What could be more ex­cit­ing and more Lon­don than a whole new gen­er­a­tion of Buffalo Gals, home­spun hand­painted dirndls bil­low­ing and dread­locks carous­ing down Ox­ford Street.

In its ini­tial in­car­na­tion in the 1980s, Mel­bourne was at the epi­cen­tre of this style revo­lu­tion and I have fond mem­o­ries of com­ing across one top-hat­ted and heav­ily kohled lad with cal­ico rags trail­ing a good 10m be­hind him. I be­lieve he was just off to grab fish ’n’ chips. It was the era of spend­ing longer get­ting ready than ac­tual time out when you even­tu­ally swanned into the night­club (never be­fore mid­night).

There was the joy of play­ing adult dress-ups with dobs of fab­ric paint and your mum’s Bern­ina when the orig­i­nal Vivienne West­wood was oceans to the north.

So with Span­dau Bal­let on loud, let's cre­ate some bedaz­zling fash­ion magic. Glue-gun please! KX

Ken, circa 1984, em­brac­ing his in­ner New Ro­man­tic, ably as­sisted by It model Me­lanie Gale

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