Planet Claire and beyond

As a child, dievca didn’t get to stay up late very often.  she and her Dad had to be out of the house and on the road by 5 am to get to practice by 5:45 am.  That meant an early bed time.

But for some reason in 1980 dievca snuck out of bed on a Saturday Night and saw this on her parent’s TV:

THE B52’S ROCK LOBSTER ON SNL SHOW IN 1980
Click the link — the video was not available on youtube.

It was her first introduction to Saturday Night Live.
(and the B-52’s)
The show was hosted by Terry Garr and had a Bill Murray SNL classic commercial “Anticipation”.

dievca was fascinated.

Why did this trip down memory lane occur?

dievca ran into this Miu Miu dress and it threw her into a B-52’s swirl, starting with a trip to Planet Claire:

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Completely “Planet Claire”, right?

dievca’s envisioning a B-52’s party wearing the dress, Big teased Hair (a beehive) and cat eyes eye-liner.  This could also be a really weird/fun Presentation Outfit for Master. Sassy, bubble gum, retro kinda like this


Tapping along in my French Knickers! (lingerie)

Tap pants (USA) or French knickers (UK and Australia)
are a type of short typically made of lace, silk, or satin.

The French knicker style evolved from drawers, the baggy long-legged underwear of the Victorian era. “Tap pants” originates from shorts worn by tap dancers during the 1930’s, while practicing their routines.

Tap Pants/French knickers are worn from the hip and are loose, concealing some of the upper thigh and all the buttocks. The garment features an “open leg” style, a loose-fitting leg opening without elastic. This allows for a more comfortable fit and the straight-cut leg can be designed with or without trimming. The fabric is often cut on the bias to have some give.

Tap Pants/French knickers are not to be confused with other underpants styles such as hipsters, briefs, bikini bottoms and boyshorts, all of which feature elasticized leg openings and fit snug to the body.

The bottoms are ideally accompanied by full, flared and A-Line skirts, wide leg trousers and dresses, as they can add bulk and produce a visible panty line (VPL). The item is an elegant, comfortable and healthier alternative to more fitted forms of underwear and luxury fabrics like silk are often used in their production.

History:

  • 1920s and 1930s, Tap Pants/French knickers were very popular
  • 1940s and 1950s, briefs were worn by most women perhaps due to fabric shortages and the scarcity of silk.
  • 1950s and beyond, the fitted underpant was almost universally worn.
  • 1970’s,  there was a return of Tap Pants/French Knickers to fashion with the designs of Janet Reger.
  • 1980’s, French  Knickers were popular as specialty lingerie
  • 1990’s, the designs declined, again, with the younger consumers displayed a greater interest in other underwear styles, such as briefs and thongs.
  • They are still available today, and most often found in vintage reproduction and specialty retailers.

What Katy Did Tap Pants/French Knickers 2015

 


Plug in. (and turn it up)

There’s always more than meets the eye when it comes to Dolce & Gabbana, and the Dolce Boombox radio bag proves it with its functional battery-operated speakers. The playful design features a speaker jack on the inside which can easily be attached to your phone. Get ready to blast your favorite music, just like the 1980’s boombox that inspired it. There is an adjustable volume control, while the snake-skin trims add an extra touch of luxury appeal

  • material: Plexiglas®
  • trim: snake-skin
  • internal details: leather lining, hand-held mirror
  • color of fastening: silver
  • detachable, adjustable shoulder strap, top handle
  • turn-lock fastening
  • Made in Italy
  • protective feet
  • comes with dust bag
  • note: three AAA batteries not included
  • detail: internal speaker jack and external volume control
    • Height 14 cm-5.5″
    • Width 19 cm-7.5″
    • Chain length 7.5 cm-3″
    • Min. length shoulder strap 110 cm-43.5″
    • Max. length shoulder strap 125 cm-49″

Bring your own Presentation Music!


Going Retro: Block Party

dievca is having an interesting moment with the “Block Heel” sandals that have been in fashion for the past two years.
It’s a love/hate relationship.
she hated seeing the 1960’s ones on her aunts as they got older and didn’t update their closets in the 1980’s.
It reminded her of a fashion “no”.
Especially the white leather/pleather ones worn at weddings.

 

But now, they are back and the 1960’s version doesn’t look too bad, really.

dievca loves the pair of sandals she picked up, last summer:

See by Chloe block-heel sandal Red

and these, this summer:

Firth two piece black leather sandals

They are very comfortable and dievca can walk the City.
Maybe her Aunts were on to something when they couldn’t let the shoes go~

Time to wear the sandals to a Block Party!

Top advert from ShopBop.

An 80’s Girl…

This bag makes dievca so happy…
Like…Oh, my God!

Sarah’s Bag is renowned for its eclectic designs, and this retro-inspired Walkman box clutch is a fine example of the covetable aesthetic. It’s crafted from postbox-red wood with a painted brass handle and leather lining, and printed with a cassette player design depicted in primary hues – note the nostalgic ‘mix tape’ lettering scrawled across it. Use it to bring a touch of fun to sleek separates.


Small submissive delights~

Amsterdam pocket tin

dievca doesn’t smoke, but…
Hair pins, pills, mints, hair ties, safety pins, coins, etc.

To store something in a fun tin can make your day.
The Amsterdam Tin Pocket Box.
Plus, the Lady wears a Corset and Collar.
On sale for $2.99.
BlueQ
If this is too sassy there are other styles of tins available.
Construction is an exact replica of a 1920’s cigarette case.
0.75″h x 4.25″w x 3″d