To The Sixties, With Love

Last night I watched one of the two movies I think exemplify the elan of the sixties: How to Steal a Million.. That movie, along with Two for the Road, capture the pop-art breeziness that is the true soul of the sixties, before hippieness and flower power settled heavily (and some would argue, groovily) over the land. The key to this Carnaby-Street cornucopia?

Audrey Hepburn. More particularly, Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy. Who else could wear a-line dresses, oversized sunglasses and Mary Quant eye makeup with such panache? Audrey was the embodiment of my first vision of hipness, circa 1966.

Ah, to be hip. In 1966, ultimate hipness was a miniskirt, white go-go boots and matching lipstick, swinging down a London street to the Petula Clark’s Downtown, with a clear plastic umbrella underneath my arm. Considering at the time I was a chubby eight-year old with frizzy hair and Air Force-issued glasses living on yet another air force base (this time? Minot, North Dakota), the probability my dream would be fulfilled was pretty darn slim, even with the conscientious application of Elmer’s Glue fingernails. But it didn’t deter me from my life-long search for What Is Hip, which unfortunately for me started at a much earlier age….

(to be continued….)

What I’m Watching. (every frickin’ night): Bands Reunited on VH1. Tonight was the season’s apex: ABC. Oh, to be in the audience in the eighties and have the pleasure of Martin Fry in a gold lamé suit sneering down upon me….

5 Responses

  1. tangognat
    tangognat September 9, 2004 at 4:30 pm | | Reply

    I loved How to Steal a Million, if only because it is the only movie that made being trapped in a closet seem stylish!

  2. CollageMama
    CollageMama September 11, 2004 at 5:41 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for the Petula Clark lyrics link. Over Labor Day I found the script for an audio-play my siblings and I created to celebrate New Year’s Eve of 1968 with Pet’s music in the breaks. We recorded our play on a Craig 212 tape-recorder. My sister and I were definitely wearing Yardley blue eyeshadow and white Slicker lipstick.

  3. Bill
    Bill September 15, 2004 at 9:03 pm | | Reply

    I’ve always liked the early sixties better, myself. Cleaner, with more interesting fashion, and less annoying drum solos. I even used to have a set of “60s fashions” paper dolls that included a couple of Mary Quant’s designs.

    I do prefer “Don’t Sleep in the Subway”, myself.

  4. Dolores
    Dolores September 16, 2004 at 10:07 am | | Reply

    Mention the ’60s and not mention Terence Stamp? How could you Linda?! Terence is still working, still handsome as ever, and just married a 25 yr. old woman from Australia. Jean Shrimpton is hopping mad I’m sure!

  5. Martha
    Martha September 23, 2004 at 10:10 am | | Reply

    “What is Hip”. My favorite take on the issue is the somewhat cynical tune by Tower of Power.

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