Pirate Romance Offers Good Vibes for Spring/Summer 2012

Neon, fringe, hand-dyed turquoise, and metals laced with leather: these are just some of the things that you can expect from Pirate Romance’s latest collection. The NY-based jewelry line’s playful new range was inspired by designer Joi French’s favorite ’80s cartoon, Jem, so naturally there’s an homage to the fictional pop star’s signature Synergy earrings.

In addition to the triangle-shaped "Good Vibes" earrings that come in gold or neon, the collection features confetti and overly-embellished rings and bracelets fit for fans of flash. See more pieces here

This isn’t the first time that a style influencer has been inspired by Jem. Back in 2010, we highlighted Frida Gustavsson in Vogue UK’s glam rock editorial. There’s something about glitter and stars that the fashion world just can’t quit.

Showtime, Synergy: ‘80s Cartoon Icon Jem Is Back As Overpriced Collectible

Hey! For once, someone decided to reboot a hallmark of your childhood that isn’t part of the whole #RememberThe90s trend. Of course, this would definitely fall under #RememberThe80s, so, you know, not much better. Over the summer, a new line of collectible Jem dolls was launched at San Diego Comic-Con, and now, you too can bring this truly outrageous piece of ‘80s cartoon ephemera into your living room. 

Rock star-turned-superhero Jem, her best pal Jerrica Benton, Rio Pacheco and computer-mentor-alter-ego-facilitator Synergy will be available next month and will run you about $125. Which is probably still less than someone somewhere is paying for a Jem action figure from the actual 1980s, but still. Come on, now. And, for that matter, we’re now envisioning a world in which, 20-30 years from now, people are putting their rent money towards procuring Hannah Montana merchandise. 

Jem’s Back (No Holograms in Sight)

“24” was my lover scorned soundtrack, my sweaty alley, rainy night jam. It made me want to smoke cigarettes, sport trench coats, and say things like, “He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.”

It had a little to do with the throbbing pulse unleashed in the chorus, but more to the point, Jem‘s haunting vocals seemed filled with urgency and mystery. Lame? Maybe. True? Yep. And so, it stands to reason that we’re waiting with breath that is bated—read on to understand the allusion—for the sophomore follow-up, Down to Earth. “It’s Amazing,” the album’s first single, is featured on the soundtrack to a little indie called Sex and the City. On the album, expect gospel choirs, Brazilian percussion, and Japanese lyrics. Also expect us to be raving about it come September, when Down to Earth will be released on ATO Records.