Every day Westword receptionist Steve Burge gives you the fashionable view from the front desk.
Remember Joan Collins’ portrayal of Dynasty’s villainess, Alexis Carrington Colby? I don’t. I wasn’t allowed to watch it as a child. But I have since seen some reruns and she’s fabulous. And what makes her so fabulous? Lots of things, really, but one that comes to mind, immediately, is her big, 80’s hair.
Our office do-it-all, Christina, channels any number of the vampy/campy, 80’s prime time soap queens with her “just rolled out of (your) bed” do.
Now, there are many, many fashion disasters that came from that decade (i.e. – shoulder pads, French-rolled, stonewashed “mom” jeans, scrunchies and t-top Trans Ams), but big hair rocked then and it rocks now. I’m certainly not promoting “mall bangs,” of course, and I admit that not every woman can pull off this daring, retro style, but those who can should. Larger than life, power hair symbolizes the larger than life, power woman.
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So do it. Break out the teasing combs and Aqua Net and join the ranks of Joan Collins, Linda Gray, Jaclyn Smith, Victoria Principal and, of course, our very own drama queen, Christina. Bring back big hair!
And maybe slap bracelets, too. Those were pretty “rad,” if I remember correctly.
- Steven J. Burge