CRAZY, SEXY, COOL
Bumbag? Check. Bucket hat? Check. Niggling sense of deja vu? Check!
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, sportmax.com
Sneakers, $79.95, TOPSHOP, topshop.com Bumbag, $1,350, FENDI, fendi.com
Jacket, $119.95, pants, $79.95, both KAPPA, theiconic.com.au
Earrings, $765, ISABEL MARANT, net-a-porter.com
Heels, $1,290, PRADA, (02) 9223 1688 Jacket, $99, ZARA, zara.com
Bralette, $49.95,CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR, theiconic.com.au
Bag, $2,950, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, ferragamo.com
Sunglasses, $50, ROC EYEWEAR, roceyewear.com