Emma Mulholland's summer 2014-15 collection, 'Risque Business' is inspired by John Hughes' '80s 'brat pack', which makes me very happy indeed.
For a very long time, during high school and way (way) beyond, I wanted to be all Hughes' incarnations of Molly Ringwald. I wanted to be the spoiled little brat who has a heart of gold - and a thing for bad boys - in The Breakfast Club. I wanted to be the quick-witted (the scene in which she takes down James Spader while he leans against his Porsche smoking cigarette is genius) nerd who she plays in Pretty in Pink, and I wanted to be the teen angst-driven annoying person - because when we're sixteen we hate everything! - in Sixteen Candles. Unfortunately, because I possess none of the qualifying characteristics of these characters, I have never achieved such lofty heights, but now I can at least look - and therefore kinda feel - like I'm Molly Ringwald, or some 2014 version of her.
Emma Mulholland has taken the colour palette of the '80s - all of the pastels! all of the pinks! - and created high-school inspired prints, complete with her signature wit and admiration of '90s surf-wear. The silhouettes are straight out of Hughes' films: mini tunics, basketball shorts, bomber jackets, cropped 'mom' jean-style pants and tie-dye denim jackets all make an appearance.
Just like how the 'brat pack' collaborated on being awesome and making the most of detention in The Breakfast Club (or in actual fact nothing like it, but I have to mention how excellent everything they do in this film is in here somewhere - it's very important), Mulholland has collaborated with two different labels for 'Risque Business'. The first is with designer Celeste Tesoriero, who created a series of classroom-inspired jewellery. Remember that time you used bull-clips as earrings, and paper clips as nose rings? Well, now you can buy a legit version of all of those things. Mulholland's other collaboration is with local eyewear designer Sam Stevenson, of Pared (who recently collaborated with Ginger and Smart, too). The two took Stevenson's 'Puss 'n' Boots' style (I can confirm that this particular style rules, having owned - and managed not to lose - this pair for over a year!) and Mullholland-ified them by giving them killer '80s wave-style attributes.
Emma Mulholland's summer 2014-15 collection, 'Risque Business', has started to drop into stores now. Kowabunga dudes.
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