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for me i see refinement, as well as an 80's influence... the Japanese theme is what i find most striking. Although i can see the culture club etc the styling here appears to me to be a lot more restrained than that. For instance, when i think of the new 80's revival i think of Angyess Deyn in that crazy fairy dress with doc martins or whatever... its all a bit manic. I think Lemaine channels 80's through a much more stylish way. Anyway whatever, maybe i'm on a limb here, but all i will say is that for me at least, this is a very appealing way of styling an 80's theme compared with some of the other "trends" i've seen...

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oh, thank you gius! :p I know exactly what you are referring to...i think my mind got derailed thinking about classicism.

i'm actually not sure i see this as new romantic in the musical sense, so i thought maybe soft was thinking of some other cultural form....

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new romantic is NOT culture club...or the cure....
that is the essence of new wave...

new romantic is ...

ABC, spandau ballet, duran duran....

ADAM ANT!!!...
it was boys getting very dressed up in almost formal and romantic gear.....think double breasted suits with exaggerated shoulder pads and ruffled shirts
no drag was involve...
although lots of lipstick and eyeliner was...

we probably need a new romantic thread somewhere...
will look into that...

"It is not money that makes you well dressed: it is understanding."

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There are more listed on this webpage for New Romantic
the bands you mentioned included ^



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i dunno,softie,i see a bit of siouxsie in those shots. remember the video for 'christine' even 'spellbound'?

lovely stuff....indeed the better aspects of the 80's. when people dressed in layers and when volume was at such a high standard.

but you're right about the new romantic sensibility. some of the boys from the banshees did actually dress like that,especially severin. was watching a vid from their 84 nocturne performance at the royal albert and there was steve wearing a tailored,kind of dandy-esque suit with a frill collar cascading down the button line.

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