Cinema Style: The Fabulous Stains
For the past week I’ve been working on a piece about groundbreaking filmmaker Matt Porterfield. His film, Metal Gods, which focuses on adolescents on the Baltimore metal scene over the course of a week, is in pre-production, and stars L.A. “it” Girl Sky Ferreira. Subsequently all this thought about subculture movies reminded me of a certain cult classic: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains.
Don’t remember the 1981 flick? Well it featured a teenage Diane Lane in what was based loosely on the story of girl punk group The Runaways (where Joan Jett got her start). It was featured former Sex Pistols members Steve Jones and Paul Cook, along with The Clash’s Paul Simonon. To keep it short, the film couldn’t really have been much cooler than it actually was. But the movie never got a wide release, or distribution deal, for that matter– well, not until late 2008 when it was finally released to DVD.
But what was more classic than the movie itself was Diane Lane’s style. Her odd, mullet-type hairstyle, and the somewhat disturbing fact that this teenage girl was running around without pants, and in sheer tops (apparently, bra-less)? “Fabulous”, no doubt. Her bright red lipstick and matching winged shadow? Superb. I cannot even imagine a more epic rock flick. Incidentally, along with the help of Joan Jett, the film The Runaways is slated to hit theaters in 2010. The idea of little Dakota Fanning running around in fishnets and a corset as Cherie Currie is creepy… very, creepy. And so, it will probably never be quite as rad. But long live the flick that Riott Grrls around the world can champion for years to come– and the awesome style that came along with it!