The 90’s Revival

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Model Brooke Taylor Make-Up L.J. Hill
Model Brooke Taylor Make-Up L.J. Hill
Model Brooke Taylor Make-Up L.J. Hill

by Misty Hays

Starting in the summer of 2010, fashion from the 1990s made a triumphant comeback.
It started with neons from Diane Von Furstenburg and Marc Jacobs and gained momentum with floral prints from Roberto Cavalli. Florals kept their appeal with Stella McCartney and Alberta Ferretti in their spring and summer 2011 collections. Staying consistent through 2011, neons were one of the biggest trends in last spring’s runways from London to Paris to New York and this continued throughout the summer with neon bikinis, bags and dresses.
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen are keeping flannel alive along with Jared Leto. Designer Christian Louboutin debuted a gray flannel pump last year adding to the trend.
It’s hard not to love ‘90s fashion because there was something for every woman. If you were girly, you had the preppy trend. If you were more athletic or wanted something sexier, you had those trends. Courtney Love of Hole and Shirley Manson of Garbage glamorized grunge and helped to start off the decade with goth-fashion, which included biker boots, flannel, leather jackets, ankle boots, black tights and lace dresses.
Popular movies like “Clueless” and “Empire Records” also had an influence. Alicia Silverstone, Cher Horowitz of “Clueless,” brought preppy to mainstream with plaid skirts, knee socks, platform and Oxford shoes.
Unusual prints and punky athletic trends started with Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. Stefani brought a feminine side to athleticism in fashion that was carried on to the 2000s with Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls.
Italian and French designers popularized a more feminine approach with baby doll dresses and floral ensembles in the mid ‘90s that eventually moved to crop-tops, miniskirts and low-waist jeans inspired by Alexander McQueen at the end of the era.

The 90’s may be long gone, but clearly, they are not forgotten….in fashion at least.

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