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Thursday, September 23, 2010

I recently caught 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan on television and was impressed by how well it held up. Seeing the movie again made me intensely nostalgic for the era’s dirtier, more creative, less fast-fashion downtown New York, which the Wall Street Journal calls “the film’s uncredited co-star, alongside Rosanna Arquette and Madonna.” I was obsessed by that New York, though, at the time, I was still a high-school student in New Jersey, consoling myself with the New York-chic Maripolitan black rubber bangles I’d bought from Fiorucci with my babysitting earnings.

Madonna wearing the Maripolitan bangles. Click for photo source.

I’m very disappointed that I can’t attend the 25th-anniversary screening of Desperately Seeking Susan at Lincoln Center tonight due to prior commitments. I’m not as devastated as I was when I lost all my rubber bangles in a move, but I’m pretty bummed.  Maybe you can go instead. Last time I checked the online ticket sales page, it said tickets were “temporarily unavailable” due to heavy demand but it could be up and running again now. Look for yourself here.

After the movie, you can meet me at hot new label AIRA‘s first fashion show. It’s taking place at 10 PM at The Gates. A late-night fashion presentation at a night club in an out-of-the-way neighborhood? It’s so Desperately Seeking Susan! Get your tickets here.

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29 Responses to “Things to Do in New York Tonight”

  1. Haha I’m in that movie, as are all my friends at that time! Those were in my crazy EV days, and I don’t regret a minute of the insanity! One day I’ll have to tell you my Madonna stories…

  2. Mary says:

    I LOVE that movie so much! I first visited New York in 1991 so I guess I saw a little of the old school NYC. I used to try emulate a Madonna look in the 80s, tres tragic!

  3. SiouxsieL says:

    The movie is an underrated gem. The fashion alone is worth the price of admission. Madonna was great. And Roseanna Arquette never looked better than when she stole Maddonna’s mojo.

    I haven’t seen the French film Céline and Julie Go Boating (the film on which Desperately Seeking Susan is supposedly based). I am now adding both movies to my Netflix queue.

  4. patti says:

    I love that I can watch that movie OVER AND OVER again! I try to watch it once a year. I love Rosanna Arquette & Eric Roberts in it too!

  5. Lenya Jones says:

    I wish I could go. I loved that movie.

  6. How I loved going to see that film! xx

  7. Paulettew says:

    I’m not in New York, but I would have love to attend the Madonna event.

  8. Nickie Frye says:

    Oh man, I was so in love with those bracelets. And Madonna!!! I had a constant struggle between my allegiance to Madonna & Cyndi Lauper, though. Maybe it wasn’t a one or the other type thing, after all.

  9. cdp says:

    I LOVE that movie.

  10. Miss Janey says:

    Miss J still loves that movie…

  11. I wish I was in NYC to attend such a wonderful evening!! From a not very fabulous place in the uk!!
    e xxx

  12. drollgirl says:

    i think i saw that movie for the first time about 10 years ago. it was pretty good!

    i recently saw st. elmos fire for the first time. MANY unintential LOL moments! the billy idol wall mural made me scream!

  13. enc says:

    Those photos take me back. I didn’t even know it, but at the time, Madonna had a huge influence on me.

    Have fun tonight, whatever you do.

  14. patti says:

    I had GET INTO THE GROOVE stuck in my head all night because of this post! That was my all time favorite Madonna song when I was 11 years old in 1985.

  15. K-Line says:

    OMG – I LOVED those bangles. I didn’t have access to Fiorucci (at that point) so I hauled ass by bike to the Canadian Tire (big hardware store, like a precursor to big box) on the Queensway and tried to find vacuum cleaner accouterments(like washers) that would substitute. I just remembered that after, like, 25 years!

  16. I was happily thinking that you’d lost your bangles in a dance move till I realized it was the other kind.

  17. I had arm loads of those bracelets. Those take me back! 25 years???Yikes!

  18. In the mid 80’s I experienced some of that New York City, and yeah, my sister and I spent some babysitting money at Fiorucci, too. Nostalgic!

  19. Eric says:

    Good film, I think I’m nostalgic for when Madonna was dirtier and more creative.

    A singer friend of mine by the name of Crenshaw now who used to babysit Tea Leoni has an interesting Madonna story. But, probably best not repeated here.

  20. Dear Wendy, I love Desperately Seeking Susan. I haven’t seen it since it came out. I must see it again. My memory’s so bad now it’ll be like watching it for the first time!

    There’s a fashion blog tag over at mine for you. Have a wonderful weekend xx

  21. sharon rose says:

    Hi there-very nostalgic and doesn’t time fly!! Funnily enough, I picked up a Madonna sweet and sticky tour tee for only £1.99 this week!

  22. hiyaluv says:

    i love that movie. so how did your thursday night go afterall?;)gina

  23. tiffany says:

    I remember being really little and my mom dropping me and my sister off to watch Desperately Seeking Susan. (I have no idea why my mom didn’t come with us but that was back in the day before all the stranger danger stuff) I didn’t understand it then but I still thought Madonna was the coolest person alive!