It was "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" redux at September’s ASR ( in San Diego. Brands that defined 1980s casual surf and skate looks — such as Ocean Pacific and Vans — led the brat pack by updating their classics with new colors and prints. And newcomers with a surfer past such as Modern Amusement (founded by Jeff Yokoyama of Maui & Sons in the 1980s) mined the preppy looks of the yuppie decade for a strong showing.

Like the ’80s, all was pretty in pink, gray and teal.

In the ’90s boardshorts reached new lows — think Fred Durst’s baggy numbers cut to the calf. For 2005, though, OP ( is revisiting its "arrow" trunks cut high on the leg a la its classic walk short. It’s also bringing back the surfer-cut polo updated with New Wave color blocks in pink, gray, teal and black. Along with surfers and waves, the shirt and short prints are ’80s checker "bro" and graphics.

Vans ( updated its "Off the Wall" classic slip-on that Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) of "Fast Times…" immortalized. Fresh ideas from its designer-led Vault collaborations (Marc Jacobs is the newest enlistee) have trickled down. Pink lavender, teal and baby blue paired with gray are new on the classic "authentic" tennis shoe and Sk8-hi, along with "lazer" graphics and Travis Millard-penned "craniums" and "big bumble" bees.

Modern Amusement prefers the jet-set prep to the Valley dude. Fresh from relocating its headquarters to Santa Monica from Irvine, MA went transatlantic to draw inspiration from beach cabanas in the South of France, which influenced its line of striped trucker hats with logos such as "Olde York" and "Sweet Honesty." Modern Amusement’s strongest item for spring 2005 was its rendition of the cardigan — that sacred prep relic — with stripes and subtle bird prints.

Stüssy ( provided some great looks for women with its "Rizzo" striped puff tees and "slouch" ruffled minidresses that Phoebe Cates and Jennifer Jason Leigh would have worn to Ridgemont High.

The only exhibitor that brought some bling to ASR was Nixon with its "Luxury Collection," which took the brand’s basic accessories and gave them a "unique upgrade" for the "champagne lifestyle." Its offerings included gold-plated watch faces with white leather bands.

For women’s swimwear, it was teeny-weeny polka-dot bikinis from Cia. Maritima and Raisins by Quiksilver. Cia. Maritima, a Brazilian label, made its debut at ASR, coasting of the popularity of Havaianas sandal craze. (Both brands share the same US distributor.) Cia Maritima features Ipanema cut bikinis with accents such as a one-piece made to look like a customized surfer tee paired with a bikini bottom.

—— Special correspondent Max Padilla