One afternoon while shopping in Aritzia to find a pair of trousers, I was gobsmacked by a tsunami of early 80s new wave nostalgia. It started with Wang Chung's 1984 hit, Dance Hall Days, followed by Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes, 1981), Safety Dance (Men Without Hats, 1982), Don't You Forget About Me (Simple Minds, 1985) and more. My inner 80s child floated blissfully through the glorious half hour that it took me to try on about 15 pieces (and leaving with two).
Bursa, a university English instructor, was wandering around Istiklal Street in Taksim recently, but from my eyes, she channeled the new wave energy that I felt in Aritzia that day. A carefree spirit, I imagined her with walkman in hand, retro headphones on and moving her feet to the sweetness of those dance hall days.
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