By: Chelcee Johns
The 80s and 90s taught us many things, one of them being how to dress. Classic Black fashion has been a staple to our culture and these movies prove just how fancy we can get. Clinging to the thought, “fashion fades but style is eternal,” these films feature styles still witnessed today and this sets them apart from the many close contenders. Reminisce with these nostalgic films, while also taking notes for your next shopping trip.
Produced in 1992, Boomerang featured Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, Robin Givens, Grace Jones and Eartha Kitt at their classiest. In this film, we witness high fashion corporate and day-to-day looks still doable now. From Lela Rochon’s all white drawstring coat to Eddie’s red collarless blazer. We’d also be remiss for not mentioning Eartha Kitt’s head wraps and furs and Grace Jones many “bedroom–worthy” leather pieces. As “Mr. Jackson” put it, don’t forget to “Co-ordinate.” 2. Krush Groove
If you are not a Hip Hop fan, Krush Groove may not have been on your radar. So we’re here to help. This 1985 film tells the story of Russell Simmons’ Def Jam records. The names of these artists alone give us a glimpse of the fashionable 80s’ finds – such as Run DMC, The Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, Shelia E, LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys. Here is our 80s best checklist: Adidas jump suit, Kangol hat, washed denim and sequined top.
3. New Jack City
The Adidas jumpsuit had a slight upgrade to tracksuits and gold chains in this 1991 film starring Wesley Snipes. But, we are not all hung up on the street attire. New Jack City featured stylish menswear from long earth-tone trenches to vintage shades. Did you catch Snipe’s blue military-inspired blazer in the trailer? One of the many reasons this film deserves a spot on the list. 4. House Party
Silk blouses, male tribal print button-ups, color-blocked dresses and gold earrings. What more could you want from 1990’s film House Party? Of course, the high top fades. House Party had us all jamming and pushing pause to search our closets for a look-a-like fit. What’s great about this film is that most looks are still seen today – Brooklyn Hipsters anybody?
5. Coming to America
No, this is not a joke (well sort of) and yes, Eddie made the list twice.
There is a lion on James Earl Jones’ shoulder and its eyes are made of gold. If that isn’t fancy we’re not sure what is. “Is that Velvet?” This 1988 film did seriously feature various cloths we adore and some looks ripped right from the streets on NYC. Not to mention Shari Headley (as Lisa McDowell) stayed chic and classy from her shearling coat and beret to printed wool sweaters.
What are some movies old and new you’d add to the list? Use the comments section below to tell us.