There was an essence of youth on the SS16 runways, a youthfulness recognized by many; the decade we all knew and loved is back, in a big way.
Supermodels like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell of the 90’s era never go out of style, and apparently neither does 90’s fashion. If you happen to still own a retro tattoo choker and a slinky slip-on dress, it’s time to resurrect them.
Yet if backpacks, high-top sneakers and tie dye prints don’t seem that long ago, not to fret, this classic style has had a 21st century makeover; supplementing a contemporary high-fashion approach to the nostalgic era that’s right on trend.
“Today it seems to be very much about taking old trends and mixing them with the new,” says Alex Donald, editor of Birmingham fashion trade magazine, Novvo Magazine. “And the 90’s has so many statement items, which work really well for this.”
From Vetements to Saint Laurent, the 90’s fashion scene was definitely among the most popular epoch to excavate for inspiration within many SS16 runway shows. Making casual streetwear a fashionable spring statement for everyday wear and channelling your inner Cher Horowitz a sartorial art form.
“I have always been a fan of the pleated mini skirt, they are super girly and sweet and you can match them with loads of different things.” Alex added.
Think spaghetti strap camisoles, luxe mule heels, square cut crop tops and distressed light wash denim; digging out your old scrunchies and chunky studded belts may be tempting, but less is more when styling this look.
It’s all about taking classic pieces and tailoring them with modern shapes and luxe textures, while balancing the old school vibe with current high-street basics, including beige trench coats, wide leg black culottes and some Chloe perspex heeled ankle boots.
Birmingham-based fashion designer and owner of Badleydrawn, Tenneil Badley, says: “The 90’s are back and I love it! Whatever your take on the 90’s, make that work for you.
“It may be 90’s grunge live Nirvana, or 90’s R&B like Aaliyah, I’m very eclectic, so I go from looking like a charmed extra to looking like Aaliyah’s background dancer real quick!”
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Even the hoodie and tracksuit have made a seriously chic return, with Paris Fashion week awash with high-fashion slouchy numbers and Alexander Wang trickling hooded sweatshirts paired with long white blouses and slick sneakers straight from the catwalks and into our high-street wardrobes.
Editor of Birmingham’s The Blogger Magazine, Olivia Stocks, said: “Although I’m quite a girly person, I am loving this tend right now, it’s so wearable. Little accessories and pieces can transform a look easily without needing to go too 90s grunge.
“I’m loving the roll neck and A-line denim skirt combination, as they look so chic and look great with a 90’s style backpacks for a super cool laid back, casual vibe.
“The 90’s ripped jeans are also great for capturing that cool, off-duty model vibe, especially when paired with trendy trainers and a nostalgic slogan tee.”
Image credit: Jumper: Pretty Little Thing – £15 | Skirt: House of Fraser – £95 | Earrings: Primark – £3 | Handbag: New Look – £19.99 | Shoes: River Island – £45
Who are our go-to style icons for 1990’s inspiration?
For his SS16 debut, Tommy Hilfiger brought all the low rise jean, midriff revealing crop top enchantment you could imagine; Chanel worked coordinating couture blazers and skirts with reverse worn baseball caps; while Kendall Jenner, Miley Cyrus and Lily-Rose Depp are giving us some space-chic and grunge inspiration.
Remember Karl Lagerfeld’s SS94 Chanel collection? For the well-established Parisian house, it was one of their most unique. Sporting loose, oversized denim jeans, dynamic cut out bras and tweed cardigans, it was to mark the beginning of designers incorporating subcultural fashion into the runway.
Fast forward a couple of decades, and the relationship between streetwear and fashion is unbreakable, the modernised 90’s trend being of no exception.
Tamara McCleary, fashion blogger and writer at Bonafide Supernova, said “I adore the 90’s fashion. I just got some cute House of Holland nails from Elegant Touch they have like a plaid tartan print on. Very Cher from Clueless.
“I also love a light denim jean, teamed with Dr Martens for 90’s grunge look or something quirky pink and glittery. Illustrated people have just dropped a new range – which reminds me of old school TLC.”
Image credit: Blazer: Topshop – £50 | Blouse: M&S – £39.50 | Slogan sweater: Lipsy – £40 | Bag: Jaeger – £255 | Boots: Dune – £160 | Earrings: Zalando – £20 | Watch: River Island – £32 | Ring: Oliver Bonas – £34
Image credit: Bandeau and Choker: Pretty Little Thing – £12 | Mom Jeans: Topshop – £40 | Handbag: Dune – £60 | Watch: Links – £695 | Sunglasses: River Island Studio – £50 | Earrings: Zalando – £20 | Shoes: Dune – £165
The high-street have welcomed the 90’s trends with open arms like a ‘#ThrowbackThursday’, satisfying everyone’s sentimental tastes. With River Island conjuring multi-coloured ribbed crop tops, Topshop supplying an eclectic array of Mom jeans and ASOS going all out on the perfect pair of gladiator jelly sandals – because if that isn’t a #TBT, we don’t know what is.
Tenneil also adds: “Jelly sandals never really left, so I can’t even shame them, as every year I do top up on jellies for the summer. I’m also loving the pleated trend, Topshop have some amazing pleated items! Also the classic white shirt is big right.
“Another key item for this 90’s look: denim. Summer is nearly here, so it’s time to get your double denim on fleek from now!”
For a pleated tartan skirt, head to New Look. A floral skater dress? Try H&M. If a denim pinafore or dungaree is on your wishlist, then ASOS is also the destination to get stuck in.
Sure, this isn’t the first time previous styles have come into fashion: the classic Geek Chic look is currently undergoing revival, and who could forget the 90’s charming attire anyway? It’s infused in all the slogan hoodies, ripped denim jeans and layered slip on dresses we still wear today!
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