Set in the days of Skinheads, Mods, Rudeboys and New Wave romantics etc, ‘This Is England’ is a powerful British film and now a TV series set in 1980’s England.
Without going to much into the film/TV series (both which are brilliant by the way) It’s the fashion that’s captured my imagination…
Although most of the above ‘subcultures’ seem to have negative associations, there is something about the styles which are still heavily influenced in the style of todays generation.
Just looking into my own wardrobe I can see a slight influence of the Mod and skinhead style. Here’s a photo of me in Brighton- minus the face! As a fan of the film Quadrophenia the Parka was intentional (when in Brighton) haha. My parka jacket, blue jeans and lace up boots combo was inspired by the Mod and Skinhead fashion.
Both the Parka jacket and Lace up work boot are timeless pieces which have remained in fashion.
Worn also by Skinheads the Parka jacket became mainly associated with the Mod culture especially after the release of the film Quadrophenia centered around the Mod scene. Liam Gallagher’s clothing range ‘Pretty Green‘ reinforces how much of an influence Mod and Skinhead fashion still has today.
Doc Martens were the Skinheads label of choice (although my lace up work boots do a similar job) and the brand is as popular now as it was back in the 70s and 80s.
Although the way you dressed was to show your identity and in particular your views (ie if you were a Skinhead, New Romantic) nowadays it’s more of an homage to the fashion of the past. Mixing vintage pieces/styles and giving them a modern twist.
With ‘This Is England 86’ on our screens, Skinhead fashion is back in the forefront. One of the things I find fascinating with skinhead style is the androgynous appeal.
Women dressing identical to the men but still remaining feminine and tough. As well as certain items being associated with the subcultures, certain labels are also associated with the skinhead style; Fred Perry polo shirts, Ben Sherman checked shirts, Baracuta Harrington jackets and of course Dr Marten boots.
Singer Olly Murs is one celeb who takes inspiration from the Mod and Skinhead era as you can see on his album cover and video for song ‘Please don’t let me go’. His whole outfit is inspired by the two subcultures from his Harrington jacket to his desert boots.
Olly is a perfect example of how to pull off the Mod/Skinhead look with a modern twist. Instead of stonewashed jeans which were popular with skinheads, Olly sticks to a darker blue giving the look a smart yet casual feel. I absolutely love Olly Murs’ style and love seeing men on the streets inspired by the 80’s era.
Mixing Mod and Skinhead vintage with modern styles is definitely something that is inspiring me at the moment and with ‘This Is England 86’ on our televisions at the moment, I can’t wait to keep taking style notes for the future.
Are you inspired by Skinhead and Mod styles? What do you think of This Is England 86?
Catch ‘This Is England 86’, Tuesday 10pm on Channel 4
Images courtesy of Channel 4, Film4, Vogue.co.uk, NME.co.uk, Olly Murs official site