Forty Fads I’d Like To See Again
I pinched this photo from an article titled “The forgotten supermodel” on “The Guardian” (click the link above). Of course, your old Auntie doesn’t forget Tatjana Patitz, nor does she forget any of the big supermodels of the nineties. There’s Cindy, Linda, Christy, Naomi, Tatjana, Claudia, Kate, Nadja, Kristen, Eva, Helena, Tyra, Estelle, Amber, Shalom . . .
Anyway, reading about Tatjana made me nostalgic for the days of George Michael videos and women so gorgeous that people name planets after them. Sure, today we’ve got Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls, but they’re all about the work. The Victoria’s Secret Angels are all right, but except for Behati Prinsloo, most of them are rather dull.
I long for the days when the girls overshadowed the designers and made even “curtains in the style of Jerry Hall” look like something you would kill your grandmother to own. Fashion needs some bigger personalities who aren’t heiresses, daughters of rock stars, or any other types who were already holding an invitation to the club when they came out of the womb. These girls revolutionized the business because they pushed everyone else off the catwalk, and the only people left standing were the sort of designers who could compete with them, like Gianni Versace, Isaac Mizrahi and John Galliano.
It’s no secret that designers are mining the nineties for inspiration right now. But rather than ripping off the clothes, it would be nice to see someone rip off the feeling of the era. Bring back the supermodel!