Howard The Duck
Whether the source is high brow or low brow, a documentary or a dear childhood movie, or even a musician, fashion muse, or muppet, it's safe to say that your Who What Wear staff casts a wide net when searching for inspiration. Though it's difficult to determine which comes first, the ideas or the product, there is always synergy between the latest collections and the style icons that capture our imagination each month. Right now, thanks to the eighties-influenced looks seen on a few of the most impactful runways-like Marc Jacobs, Balmain, and Gucci-we are drawn to a few films that embody the outrageous style that defined that decadent decade. And while much-viewed cult classics like Weird Science and Return to Oz certainly proved to be sartorially satisfying, we couldn't help but notice that some of the best merch on the market looks like it was ripped from the set of the so-bad-it's-good flick, Howard The Duck. While we wouldn't suggest that this George Lucas-produced adaptation of Marvel Comic's most unlikely superhero should be in your Netflix queue, we will ask that you consider our spot-on red-hot roundup of HTD-determined products in today's edition of Currently Channeling!
Rather than recapitulating the entire bizarre and outlandish plot of Howard The Duck, we'll just give you a wee plot breakdown instead. Down on his luck, Howard is an anthropomorphic duck who is mysteriously beamed from his alternate-universe hometown of Marshington D.C. to Cleveland, Ohio. Upon his arrival, Howard meets (and shacks up) with a fashion-forward animal-lover named Beverly (played by Lea Thompson, of Some Kind of Wonderful and Caroline in the City fame). Though Howard is dapper in tweeds and suspenders, as lead singer of the synth-rock group Cherry Bomb (think Pat Benatar-meets-Billy Idol), Beverly's attire can't be beat. Her outfits feature patterned tights, tribal punk, lingerie as outerwear, grommeted denim jackets, buckled heels, and the sort of sculptural hairdos and smoky eye makeup that would make François Nars proud. Needless to say this film is a visual and sartorial feast (especially for those with an appetite for in-your-face eighties fashion) so we are quite pleased to serve up some killer pieces inspired by Howard the Duck.
Topshop Longline Floral Lace Bra ($40)
This floral bustier is the epitome of fall's bold and risqué nod to eighties inspired fashions. Although the lace bra isn't the most practical or appropriate piece for every public outing, layer it under a button-down shirt tied at the waist or wear it with a slouchy boyfriend blazer to update the look for the 21st century!
Zero + Maria Cornejo Drop Pants ($398)
Leave it to conceptual clothing designer Maria Cornejo to update the drop-crotch trouser in an of-the-moment Prince of Wales print. We love how the classic tweed calls to mind Howard's preppy pantsuit, but the sophisticated pleats and tapered shape makes these pants the perfect slack selection for the modern fashion-forward femme.
Mango Triple Buckle Heeled Ankle Boots ($103)
Mango, the Spanish purveyor of fast-fashion, has really outdone themselves with these Triple Buckle Boots. Though the silver-tipped clasps call to mind those ubiquitous Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Multi Buckle Suede Wedge Booties ($625), we think these heeled booties are a very smart, versatile, and Beverly-approved shoe selection that will be perfect well into winter.
Dannijo Shiloh Necklace ($656)
We first predicted that chunky chokers would dominate the décolletage of accessory lovers ages ago. If you haven't picked one up yet, we recommend that you consider Dannijo's Shiloh style. The tangled strands of crystal stones and metal chains feel deliciously over-the-top and dramatic-much like Beverly and her Cherry Bomb bandmates on-screen ensembles. Not only will it enliven your best t-shirt, jacket, and jeans combo, it's also a great accent for a cocktail frock.
Kenneth Jay Lane Deco Drop Earrings ($222)
While deco jewelry emerged during the twenties, the bold colors and geometric shape of these Kenneth Jay Lane earrings look spot-on for the decade of excess in which Howard the Duck is set. Though we can imagine other awesomely attired eighties fashion plates like Jami Gertz's Less Than Zero character, Blair, wearing a similar style, HTD's Beverly would totally rock these drop earrings underneath her crimped mane. For a more modern take, try these sculptural earrings with your favorite one-shouldered cocktail dress for a very au courant effect.
AM Eyewear Clear Strip Bon Bon Wayfarer Sunglasses ($179)
These sculptural square shades scream Max Headroom! We can totally envision Beverly, who is always dressed to the nines, slipping on these specs for a retro and radical final touch. Whether you wear them with your favorite boxy blazer or a crushed velvet mini, these sunnies get our seal of approval!
Maje Kaza Lurex Jacket ($525)
Though today's titular character-yes, Howard himself-usually sticks to classic tweed separates and colorful patterned ties, we couldn't resist including this boxy blazer with a hint of sheen. We can completely envision Beverly borrowing this glitzy jacket from her webbed-footed friend to check out prospective venues. Make sure to pair this shiny piece with your favorite Balmain-inspired outfit, and you'll have a killer eighties-influenced look that is updated for modern times!
Topshop Tassle Bead Matador Shrug ($100)
Although traditional matador garb may call to mind Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon or Madonna's "Take A Bow" music video, this beaded strong-shouldered bolero is better suited for crowd-surfing than bullfighting. Beverly wore an identical style during a performance with Cherry Bomb-follow her lead by fastening on this dramatic cover-up over your favorite body-con mini dress for your next karaoke session!