Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Best-dressed Bitches

Rian and I recently finished watching every season of Dynasty.



Several months ago, we got the first season of the outrageous 1980s mega-drama as a joke. We thought we'd share a good laugh over it.

By the second episode, the giggles had ceased and we sat stone-faced in front of the television, hands clenched, hearts racing with anticipation.



It's a really, really good show. Cheesy. Melodramatic. Addictive.

And the fashion. Dear god, the fashion.



The show revolves around oil tycoon Blake Carrington and his beautiful sweet-as-pie second wife, Krystle. They live in a sprawling Denver mansion with his adult children.



The premise to the show is very basic: Blake's ex-wife Alexis, who owns another major oil company, is out to destroy him.



Seriously. That's the entire plot to the show, from the first to last episode. You know, like Tom & Jerry. And just like the cat and mouse cartoon show, it's endlessly entertaining!



Like any good soap operas, there are murders and kidnappings and evil twins and scandalous affairs and cat fights.



But the main reason to watch the show is because of it's jaw-dropping fashion. The style from the show was so iconic, it defined the decade.



And Joan Collins, who plays the ex-wife Alexis, is the star of the show in that respect. Draped in the hottest fashion of the time, the stunningly beautiful scorned woman playfully exchanges witty banter and backstabs everyone around her with poisonous verbal daggers.



Dynasty is basically a giant 1980s fashion show, featuring Joan Collins wearing gigantic sequined gowns, futuristic shoulder-padded power suits, massive wide-brimmed hats, and glamorous Hollywood-drenched fur stoles.



Her costumes were created by the legendary costume designer Nolan Miller, who was provided $35,000 a week to come up the lavish ensembles.



The over-the-top wardrobe complimented the over-the-top character like a skin-tight satin glove.

Of course, Joan Collins was not the only style icon from the show.

Linda Evans, who played Alexis' nemesis, Krystle, portrayed a more sophisticated, and less flashy, style.



Her country club attire consisted of cozy fur coats, sleek gowns, and ritzy, yet casual, jackets.

Heather Locklear, who starred as Krystle's gold-digging niece, had a deliciously tacky wardrobe, which highlighted her cheap, standoffish personality.



Look at that hair!

The fashion from the show was so famous, it inspired a Barbie line and sewing patterns.





As usual, here is my little polyvore tribute. I hope you like it.

Dynasty


So what do you think? Do you like Dynasty fashion?

24 comments:

ravenlocks said...

OMG.

Would you think I'm weird (er) if I went and bought outfits resembling those that Joan Collins wore? I'm just about salivating over her two hats. WANT WANT WAAAANT. I can see why you love that show.

Hope you had a great NYE! I've been wanting to comment on all of your new posts but have not been able to. Literally. I had a severe allergic reaction to an insect's venom. My right hand is completely swollen. I'm typing with one hand right now! LOL!

xoxo

Bunny Moreno said...

I actually grew up watching Dynasty and Dallas bc my mom loved both shows. I was really little but I remember..I think I was like five at least. Gosh, my daughters age haha the fashion was iconic-flashy, tacky, and bold. I love the 80s heheeh xox

Johanna V said...

Dynasty fashion is so unique and inspiring - maybe a little too overboard for me, but there are plenty of elements I would consider adding to my style :D

Sherin said...

The show actually looks incredible. If it has murder and secret twins, I'm in. I need to watch this.

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing post!
Love the 80s gowns!
And those Barbies are perfection!

xoxox,
CC

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I vaguely remember the show back in the day (did my parents realize I was watching it?!) and your report of the addictive fashion and drama make me want to watch it again!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

A BRIT GREEK said...

Dynasty sure rocked back in the day. Can't remember much of it til your recap... seriously Joan was fierce wasn't she?
x.o.x.o

Cafe Fashionista said...

Do you want to know something? I was named after two soap opera characters - one from Dynasty. My first name {Erika} comes from Erica Kane of 'All My Children'; my middle name {Krystle} comes from Krystle Carrington of 'Dynasty'. My mom literally named me after both. Hahahaha!

P.S. Your comment yesterday was the most wonderful compliment I have ever received in my life. I am not joking when I say that I printed it out. It has not just made my day - it made my lifetime/existence!! :D

Elisse said...

Great homage to Dynasty. And that Krystle and Alexis invented the cat fight. You did not want to mess with them.

playingwithscarves said...

Fun post. But I am not really fond of the Dynasty fashion. It was too much....
Happy New Year, Jennifer :-)
Anne Touraine (Playing with Scarves)

fabulousjunk said...
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fabulousjunk said...

Did you know John James from Dynasty, who played Jeff Colby lives in the small town right next to mine in upstate NY? I see him sometimes at the local convenience store. Did you also know his daughter Laura James just won the last season of America's Next Top Model? And did you know I never have seen an episode of Dynasty but my mom is scary obsessed with John James... great post :)

becks
http://fabulous-junk.blogspot.com

Ms. Dainty Doll said...

I watched this as a child..it was my favourite along with Dallas. Joan was brilliant!! Such a classic...hope you have a wonderful New Year x

Shannon said...

OH!! The hats and the shoulder pads!

Rachel @ The Redhead Fashionista said...

I've actually never seen this show, but what better way to get inspiration than watching shows from decades past? These ladies certainly looked fabulous!

Chloe Moon said...

Those shoulder pads could take an eye out!!! Literally!! I have never caught Dynasty but now...I love fiesty women soap operas...I wanna see the teased hair being pulled and the nail scratching!! =)

Ergo-Blog

Oh to Be a Muse said...

I never watched an episode of Dynasty but I totally remember the looks, especially those crazy dresses and hats on Joan Collins. Thanks for sharing the fashion! Hope all is well dear.

Sabrina said...

great blog!

Sabrina
http://thelittleowlshop.blogspot.com

Blicious said...

i love all the looks!
xx
b

socialitedreams said...

i have always thought that it was a cruel cruel twist of fate that I didn't have my 20s/heyday in the 80s...i love everything about the Dynasty fashions/makeup/over the top glitz that defined the decade. god! i need a time machine

SG Angela said...

It is over the top but the fashion is unique. hope you had a great new year. : )

FASHION TALES said...

What a flashback, and look at those shoulders, puffs, and ruffles! I have only seen it a few times in the past, but my sister used to love it. Great post.

Meri said...

I've always thought I might enjoy that show! I'll put it on my list :)

Miss Laia said...

I have never watch this show but just as you said the outfits are amazing and the plots sound quite interesting.
Happy new year Jennifer!
Kisses
City-aholic.blogspot.com.es