I've been thinking a lot lately about the movies and books that had the greatest style impressions on me when I was a wee lass. You see, I loved reading about fancy clothes and I loved seeing fancy clothes in movies, and I have a feeling this planted the seeds for a later obsession with vintage clothing. I've come to the realization, however, that my taste was perhaps a bit questionable now that I look back on it all. So I'm now on a bit of a mission to see whether my girlhood fashion influences hold up to the test of time.
So let's start by looking at Annie (1982), which is basically the greatest movie OF ALL TIME. It's set in the 1930's, but it's the 1980's version of the 1930's. It's about a spunky little redhead who gets saved from an evil orphanage by a handsome millionaire who adopts her! What's not to like, really?
I was obsessed with this movie as a youngster. I remember watching it one day and then just immediately rewinding the tape to start it all over again. That's how good it is, people. First of all, the cast is comprised of the three women that I was sure were the most glamorous in the world: Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, and Bernadette Peters. And their wardrobes are FABULOUS. (At least that's how I remember it.)
Ann Reinking is the classy one, obvs.
OMG, how fab is she? Just look at the hat and tie. (No wonder Daddy Warbucks falls in love with her. Sigh!) I still think this is a great look, though I'm willing to accept that I am biased here.
Carol Burnett is the evil Miss Hannigan who I realize now was portrayed as a slutty, money-grubbing drunk. This did not matter to my young self, and even though I knew she was mean, I coveted her wardrobe, especially the purple dress above. I also thought that she was a fabulous accessorizer.
This high opinion of Miss Hannigan's sartorial choices explains my later obsession with glitzy costume jewelry and my conviction, to this day, that drinking gin out of a bathtub is the epitome of bohemian chic. (Yeah, that actually explains a lot.)
So, okay, perhaps my taste was in question with Miss Hannigan.
But then in comes Bernadette Peters! She's like a way classier version of Miss Hannigan, like a gun moll or something. I'll admit it, I still love the look she's rocking here.
The hat? The lipstick? Gorge!
As for the menfolk, there's no doubt that Daddy Warbucks is the dreamiest.
But Punjab gets the fanciest costume, with an elegant bejeweled turban. Punjab is obviously very, very wise.
I was soooo jealous of Annie. She got a whole new wardrobe, which included a fabulous bathing cap.
(Okay, trust me, it was WAY more fabulous in my clouded memory.)
One of the best scenes is when Annie and Ann Reinking are getting ready to go out to the movies with Daddy Warbucks. Ann Reinking dances around in her slip, and is basically the embodiment of all that is feminine and glamorous.
And the best part is that Daddy Warbucks grows to love Annie and then he falls in love with Ann Reinking and Ann Reinking is totally gonna be Annie's new mommy! The movie ends with a fabulous dance number that I'm pretty sure included elephants and all the little girls from the orphanage got pretty new dresses.
Yep, I can't deny it, this movie pretty much lives up to all the awesomeness I had imbued it with in my childhood memory.
Any other Annie lovers in the house?