I was just thinking about how amusing it was that the women of east coast soaps had such sophisticated fashion sensibilities in their choices of clothes, makeup and hair styles.
I guess it would make sense that Barbara, Lisa, and Carly would keep up with the trends, but it is fun to watch the 90s episodes to see how often the other women are wearing major designers. It was also a different time when everyone was much less casual in their daily attire (from 90210 to Clueless every young woman wore a blazer with every outfit). However, I was watching an episode and in one day in Oakdale, Lucinda wore an Escada suit with coordinating coat and shoes, Connor wore a Donna Karan suit, and even Kim Hughes was wearing Armani head to toe.
I'm not dissing the midwest, but one wonders about the authenticity of the availability (and affordability) of these small town women wearing high end fashion. I doubt that we would see many women in a suburban midwestern Target today looking as chic as those ladies. It wasn't just that their clothes were expensive, but it was polished looks that they tuned out on a daily basis (with the obvious exception being Emma Snyder). It is fun to look at, and I never questioned it when I watched them at the time, but upon rewatch, the fashions styling was really remarkable.
Wasn't it Mary Ellis Bunim (former producer of World Turns in the mid-1980s) who created the show, about fifteen years later, where the two heiresses (Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie) go "slumming" for fun?
I'm not diminishing Lily as a character. As FrenchBug82 explained far more eloquently than I did, it appears that the "poverty tour" was an integral part of Lily's motivation and characterization that simply wasn't addressed other than in the subtext of the scenes. On the superficial surface, Lily was looking for a warm home full of love, and she felt she'd found that with the Synders. But she could've found that in a variety of other places (including her own home, with a little more effort on her part). She seemed to have a pre-"Paris Hilton Complex" where we can spend our days entertaining ourselves in poverty, and then rush home to our trust funds at night.
Can I just say how believable Marcy Walker is in playing the angry Eden when confronting the whole CC in the coma situation? She has chemistry with everybody right now. I might not be the fan of her character but I have to give it to the actress - well played and well deserved of all those Emmys later
Also, just a quick question and a thought - I don't like paranormal, supernatural in my soaps. Am I correct that SB never did that, even later on? I believe the only soaps that did do that at a certain point in the late '80s and '90s were Guiding Light, One Life to live and Days, particularly the last one.