Where’s the Girl Power gone?
When the Spice Girls entered the cultural consciousness in 1996, what they wore influenced a generation. Every girl had a favourite Spice to ape. It wasn’t that they looked good — they often didn’t, but they were having so much fun with their wardrobes.
So when the news broke that the Spice Girls (sans Posh) were reforming for a tour, I couldn’t wait to see what they were wearing. After all, these were the women who gave us Girl Power and, through the lens of #MeToo, a 2018 update couldn’t be more relevant.
Except that’s not what they delivered in the new portrait released on Monday. Instead, they seemed to have gone to pains to distance themselves from their characters — Melanie C had a Melania Trump-over, swapping sportswear for soft-powertailoring, Geri looked like an Apprentice candidate, Emma a runner-up in the Great British Bake Off, and Melanie B seems to have stepped out of a Christmas TV advert.
I think they missed a trick. Here’s what they should have been wearing instead. surely