Style Thief: Drew Barrymore In Poison Ivy

Drew Barrymore in Poison Ivy was everything that was sexy and cool about the '90s; rebellious, wild and grunge.
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Drew Barrymore in Poison Ivy was everything that was sexy and cool about the '90s; rebellious, wild and grunge.

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1992 marked the release of Poison Ivy, a daytime TV style melodrama that largely got lost in the depths of B-movie obscurity. For many teenage boys- and girls- however, its central character, Ivy, was the stuff of (wet) dreams. Poison Ivy marked Drew Barrymore's rebound from childhood stardom via a legendary meltdown and quite the transformation it turned out to be. An overhaul both personal and stylistic was projected onscreen to heart-stopping effect, with Drew emerging from her metaphorical chrysalis and narrowly escaping the career car crash that befell- and would continue to plague- many of her fellow celebrity pre-teen poppets

The thigh tattoo of an ivy covered cross summed up an aesthetic that was pure bad taste. Her crop tops, wild peroxide hair and fierce eyebrows set against her nods to pin up style was the perfect mix of trash and tenacity for our heroine who took adolescent rebellion to homicidal extremes. Though she played a deranged Lolita, her doll-like face and womanly proportions were an enticing combination while it is her oversized leathers and brattish tendencies that cemented her as the perennial badass we couldn't help but love.

 Grunge's young dream alongside magnificent, off-kilter beauty was, and always will be, a winning combo for one of my favourite cult style sirens

The film plays with touches of incest, father complexes, suicide, drugging and seduction and is every bit as sleazy as it sounds but Ivy lays her path of destruction with unmatched style and panache. In reality it is the epitome of what we now call "90's Hot"- A sex appeal defined so much by a decade it might not make much sense anymore (See- Liz Hurley, Antonio Banderas-esque film "hunks" of the era), but Ivy-like Drew- is timeless, and the recent, seemingly perpetual revival in 1990s style would suggest so too.

Ivy was made all the better and all the more believable as she reflected Drew's wild child persona and real life style. Grunge's young dream alongside magnificent, off-kilter beauty was, and always will be, a winning combo for one of my favourite cult style sirens.

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