21 Jump Street; The show that fashion forgot
There are times we look back upon with a certain nostalgia. We feel a certain wistfulness for “what was”, a sense of “those were the days”.
Something tells me the days of 21 Jump Street (1987-1991) won’t soon be one of those eras.
As I sat down to collect photos for this piece, I was struck with an overwhelming thought; Ew. Oftentimes when we look back upon some of the classic television shows or movies of past years we find something redeeming. Something that we can draw parallels with in contrast to today’s culture. While the 70′s and 80′s often reemerge in predictable ways in modern fashion, we’re left with more “what not to wear” moments than exciting reinterpretations when opening the fashion vaults of 21 Jump Street.
Now, the fact that these images are of Johnny Depp will distract many a viewer from the frightening reality that it looks as though Billy Idol and NKOTB were in a tragic science experiment gone wrong (similar to that of “The Fly“). The truth is, Depp could get away with wearing a trash bag and birkenstocks. Replace the face in these photos with that of your highschool PE teacher and you’ll see what I mean. Quasi fashion becomes “did I really need to see that”?
In the true spirit of old fashion looks reinvented, here is one of our looks as inspired by the ghosts of 21 Jump Street.