Bum­bag? Check. Bucket hat? Check. Nig­gling sense of deja vu? Check!

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Crack out the crop tops, the ’90s are back.

THE ‘90S IS NEW AGAIN. (Again). Yes, we’ve all been stuck in a #TBT loop for some sea­sons now. First mom jeans, then the choker, spaghetti-strap slips, scrunchies, cargo pants and, for bet­ter or for worse, crushed vel­vet. Some of us even tried a choco­late lip. But be­lieve it when we say that this new sea­son flash­back is our favourite yet. Why? Be­cause the A/W 18-19 run­ways de­liv­ered up the sassi­est take on the decade we’ve seen so far. And how? By chan­nelling those ground­break­ing women we grew up want­ing to be.

Think TLC, who showed us how to be crazy, sexy and cool, Salt-n-pepa, who got us talk­ing about sex (ladies, all the ladies, louder now), Lau­ryn Hill, Janet Jack­son, Missy El­liott; strong singers, song­writ­ers, rap­pers and record­ing artists who rev­o­lu­tionised hip hop and R&B and en­cour­aged a gen­er­a­tion of girls to own it. And the dress code, that was some­thing else – each had a dis­tinc­tively per­sonal style, but col­lec­tively the baggy pants, tiny crop tops, in-your-face colours and iconic sports brands proved to us that be­ing a tomboy wasn’t just a phase to grow out of but a style to be cel­e­brated and cul­ti­vated.

The in­flu­ence of these icons re­ver­ber­ated across run­ways to the street and back again this sea­son. Slices of midriff, low-slung sweat pants and high span­dex bike shorts ruled at Tommy Hil­figer, where brash graph­ics put the brand firmly back in her­itage-brand pole po­si­tion with the so­cial set (in no small thanks to muse and col­lab­o­ra­tor, Gigi Ha­did). Brand­ing took cen­tre stage over at Fendi, too, where a homage to sports­wear main­stay Fila gave par­tic­u­lar rel­e­vance to the brand’s sweat­shirts and su­per totes, all the bet­ter to wear with of-the-mo­ment miniskirts done in checks and lo­goed em­bel­lish­ment. And Christo­pher Bai­ley dou­bled down on checks for his fi­nal col­lec­tion for the house he’s called home for 17 years – en­ti­tled Time, it was a col­lec­tion ded­i­cated to the “past, present, and fu­ture of Burberry” with bucket hats, base­ball caps, shell suits and su­per­sized parkas ref­er­enc­ing street cul­ture come full cir­cle.

Where hy­per-lux­ury nods to sports­wear were rife at bigticket shows like Prada and Ba­len­ci­aga, where high heels and low-swing­ing ear­rings added an el­e­ment of glamour, in a way the real show was hap­pen­ing on the street. Not so much with the meme-mak­ing ed­i­tors and in­flu­encers jostling for their seats, but among the mod­els mak­ing a dash for their next gig. The bum­bags (slung from shoul­der to rib, al­ways), the fresh kicks, the ab-bar­ing squared-off tees and the zip­pered ev­ery­thing. It all some­how seemed com­pletely ef­fort­less, which is ex­actly the point. Be­cause, be­fore smart­phones and so­cial me­dia, there were Dis­c­mans and dookie chains and a knack for un­self­con­scious self-ex­pres­sion. Let’s do it again.


Vest, $1,075, SPORTMAX,

Sneak­ers, $79.95, TOP­SHOP, top­ Bum­bag, $1,350, FENDI,

Jacket, $119.95, pants, $79.95, both KAPPA, the­

Ear­rings, $765, IS­ABEL MARANT,

Heels, $1,290, PRADA, (02) 9223 1688 Jacket, $99, ZARA,

Bralette, $49.95,CALVIN KLEIN UN­DER­WEAR, the­


Sun­glasses, $50, ROC EYEWEAR, ro­

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