With compelling characters and unforgettable style, John Hughes’s renowned film The Breakfast Club still inspires us 30 years on. Cue fist pump! In honour of the milestone anniversary, we look at each of the film's iconic characters and take inspiration from their present-day celebrity counterparts.
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As smarty-pants Brian Johnson, Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential nerd in high-waisted khakis and an olive-coloured fisherman’s knit. Today, he’d be right on trend: “geek chic” recently ruled the runways of DSquared2 and Hermès and is a street-style staple for A-listers like Taylor Swift and Anne Hathaway. Lupita Nyong’o wore “nerdy” glasses to present at the Golden Globes this year.
The sporty style of student wrestler Andrew “Andy” Clark (played by Emilio Estevez) has recently been snapped on celebrities including Rihanna, Rita Ora and Miley Cyrus. Aptly dubbed “athleisure,” this tomboy-aesthetic – characterized by sporty separates, white sneakers and a varsity jacket – is as fitting and flattering on the sidewalk as it is in the weight room.
The ultimate bad-boy pinup: Judd Nelson’s portrayal of John Bender has been a source of inspiration for designers like Marc Jacobs and Lanvin. With double-coat layering – he wore denim under tweed – teamed with utilitarian boots and flannel shirt, this iconic rocker style continues to dictate street-style trends.
Ally Sheedy rocked an oversized black-and-grey uniform and heavy kohl eyeliner for her role as introvert Allison Reynolds. Her “misfit” vibe made her a cult hero and inspired the collections of designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe and Martin Margiela. Allison’s oversized cocoon-like silhouettes are a fave of stars like Lorde and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Brat Pack stalwart Molly Ringwald’s character Claire Standish was the ultimate ’80s princess. (Who can forget the moment she gave her diamond earring to Bender? Swoon.) Claire defined upscale femininity in head-to-toe Ralph Lauren with equestrian boots. While her pink-and-brown colour palette is best left in detention, Claire’s classic tailoring and ladylike details continue to inspire fashion influencers such as Sarah Jessica Parker.