‘Twin Peaks’ fashion reaches new heights
Erin McAuliffe | Monday, October 13, 2014
With 90s grunge styles headlining the fashion world this year, the classic fashion in the 1990-1991 serial drama is peaking once again.
Set in the fictional Washington town of Twin Peaks, the climate and small-town genteel environment inspired perennial styles: full skirts, bright coats and saddle shoes, while also playing up eclectic choices: oversized frames, printed sweaters and scrunchies.
Audrey Horne, one of my fashion icons, stuck to a schoolgirl-inspired uniform with seductive twists. She sported plenty of midi-length full skirts: wool, pleated and plaid versions adding variation to the style. This season’s print is plaid, and midi-skirts are carrying on their reign from the summer.
Audrey paired her skirts with button-ups less-than-buttoned-up or tight, tucked-in knits. She always complemented these combos with classic white and black saddle shoes — unless she decided to swap them out at her locker for a pair of red pumps — and a simple leather, menswear-inspired watch.
Audrey’s beauty amplified her timeless fashion sense. Her classic brunette bob and perfectly arched brows combined with her minimalistic approach to eye makeup and sultry pout darkened with red or maroon lipstick. Her signature beauty mark by her left eye serves to trademark her unique, genuine allure.
Donna Hayward’s signature look was the oversized sweater. However, her oversized sweaters were unaccompanied by a venti Frappuccino, leggings and Uggs and rather chicly-paired with skirts to create an unshaped silhouette that achieves a sense of intrigue, similar to the way her life was layered, with secrets hidden underneath her calm, good-girl façade.
Josie Packard carried the timeless looks out of the high school realm. Her elegant black pixie cut was usually swept back, framing her face, and her perpetually impeccable matte red lip would inspire envy in Alexa Chung and Taylor Swift today. She dressed almost exclusively in black, white and red, with solid red sweaters and dresses emphasizing her flawless lip. In picturing Josie’s style, the regal fur coat she wore as she stepped out of her house in the opening scene to look out at Laura Palmer’s wrapped corpse reigns preeminent.
Playing on the quirkier side of Twin Peaks, Lucy, Sheriff Truman’s stuck-in-the-80s secretary, could always be counted on to brighten the sometimes dismal mood with an eccentric printed sweater that would be thrift store gold today. She also was a scrunchie fiend — a trend seen on today’s risk-taking “It” girls.
“Log Lady” was another character that brought crazy knits (and just plain crazy) to screen. Combining cozy cardigans with flannel shirts, a bob, oversized spectacles and her signature log, she serves as inspiration for the librarian-hipster-lumberjack in all of us. Go ahead, try out her eclectic look — after all, “the log does not judge.”
No matter your fashion schema, “Twin Peaks” provides the fashion inspiration. Ignoring the excellence of the onscreen looks would be the a crime worse than murder.