I now have conclusive proof that a star of yesterday, indeed a veritable god of the music hall , is now the guru of fashion for many teenage girls the world over!
It suddenly hit me on a little shopping trip with my lovely wife as she grazed the ladies section of Primark. I spent the time daydreaming as you do and nodding in all the right places (though it has to be said she nearly bought some quite garish leggings in a not very subtle mix of pink yellow and indigo).
As my mind meandered around various topics that included my next meal, if I’d ever get to mow the grass this year without risking electrocution and the intricate minutiae of world politics I noticed various gangs of young ladies, mobiles/cells clutched to breast, arms linked. They hunted in packs, orange faces aglow, each with matching ‘bun’ hairstyles (though they did have some variety with blonde, ginger or black colour quite popular) with lower extremities crammed into tight leggings that looked as though they’d had an argument with the feet department.
Some ladies did have quit sensible shoes (delicate sandals etc.) but others had quite plainly decided to were slightly heavier foot attire (just in case they were trampled by any careless heavy footed fellow shoppers I presume). And for the life of me I couldn’t at first decide what or who they looked like!
Then it hit me. Well slightly after my wife anyway - she didn’t appreciate the way my eyes were following the said lady gangs and being unable to read my mind had decided it was a lust thing rather than a puzzle thing! The slap across my face did the trick and lo and behold the face of Max Wall appeared!
Now dear old Max has not been with us since 1990 – 23 years can you believe it! So I very much doubt these fashion conscious young people will have heard of the comedian who died aged 82. Max’s trade mark silly walk and tight leggings made them roll with laughter for many years but how clever of some fashionista, some savvy young designer to see a market for such garb… now if only I could find another long-lost star to raise to these exalted heights of teenage coolness? Here are a few suggestions:
Jules Leotard (yes a real person before you scoff)
Sir George Robey
Ah well lets see shall we and if you have any suggestions I would be ever so glad to see.