Fashionable Friday: 30 Years and Still Pink


Sure, Sunday is the Oscars which to some will be an event to note but, to me, the event of the week is the 30th anniversary of Pretty in Pink, a seminal film of my youth that solidified my taste in men (I’m pretty sure I married Duckie), my taste in music (from New Order and Echo and the Bunnymen to an appreciation for 60s classics) and my style icon Andi, AKA Molly Ringwald circa 1986.

For Andie:

  • Kaweco Sport Skyline fountain pen pink € 18,95 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Retro 51 Tornado Classic Lacquer Rollerball in Pink $25 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Palomino Blackwing Pearl $22 per dozen (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • KUM Masterpiece Long-Point Sharpener $17 (via CW Pencils)
  • Stillman & Birn Premium Alpha Hardbound Sketchbook 5.5″ x 8.5″ $18.50 (via JetPens)
  • Diamine Hope Pink Fountain Pen Ink in 30 ml Mini Bottle $7.50 (via JetPens)
  • Kurochiku Japanese Pattern Cord Clips in Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) Design $8.25 (via JetPens)

For Iona:

  • Midori Traveler’s Notebook Starter Kit – Regular Size – Black Leather $46.50 (via JetPens)
  • Caran D’ache Metal Collection Fluorescent Orange Ballpoint Pen $19.95 (via Goldspot Pens)
  • Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen in Purple Leopard $15 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Artemis Fiber Pen Case in Newspaper Print $12 (via JetPens)

For Duckie:

  • Platinum Preppy 02 Extra Fine Fountain Pen in Black $4.45 (via JetPens)
  • Chicago Graph Paper 3-Pack for $9.95 (via Field Notes)
  • Word Notebooks Standard Memorandum Notebook 2016 (via JetPens)
  • Karas Kustoms Bolt Pen in Brass £68.50 (via Cult Pens)

Get in the spirit of the film with Jon Cryer’s epic singalong to “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding.

And because it seems to be fitting to include the fabulous music that defined my teen years:

The only things missing from the soundtrack are the INXS track and the Rave-Ups which is the band that plays in the nightclub.

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  1. Hi Ana,

    You must not forget to mention the genius behind, “Pretty in Pink.” The late, great, John Hughes. I loved his films. He had a knowledge about his audience demographics…the teenager of that particular time.

    I also like Molly in this movie, although I must say, my favorite starring her was, “Sixteen Candles.”


    1. I agree that John Hughes is the reason that all those movies in the 80s were so keenly observed. He had a way of picking up language and capturing the teen experience without marginalizing it.

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