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Saturday, November 18, 2021

I admit, I regard the Retro Kids, a squad of homies who take their fashion cues from Theo Huxtable and Bel Biv Devoe, with mixed feelings.

On the one hand, I feel an affinity for others whose pop-cultural tastes run to oldschool, especially when it comes to rap.

On the other, there’s that undeniable acknowledgement that I’m getting older, because of the youth of these new adherents:

Since most of the ’80s-loving men were in diapers when dookie chains were all the rage, they’re giddily living out a fashion moment they mostly know from pictures. “I feel like I should have been born in the early ’70s,” said Kenneth Barclift, 20, who will begin studying fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in January.

Hey Kenneth: I was born in the early ’70s. It was equal parts magic and tragic — like any other era, I suppose. I’m not sure I’d wish it upon anyone who wasn’t already born then.

How much of the Reagan-era fashion trends did I indulge in? Fortunately, most of those records are permanently sealed (thank God for no World Wide Web back then). But I’ll admit to having made a few trips to Chess King (vintage attire from which I can’t believe survived the ensuing twenty years, as it tended to disintegrate within months of purchase).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/18/2006 06:57:12 PM
Category: History, New Yorkin', Pop Culture
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  1. I personally love retro anything including retro fashion. Thanks for the post.

    Comment by Retro Fashion — 10/12/2021 @ 03:16:19 PM

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