Let’s take a walk down memory lane (or just scroll your Instagram feed). It is undeniable: the 90’s are well and truly back.
From the throwback Instagrams of Kate Moss, to the graphic t-shirts dedicated to retro classics (like Saved By The Bell), it is safe to say the 90’s are totally back. With a love of pop culture and the fashion faux pas of 20 years ago, it seems like today’s millennials are living in the 90’s – and we love it!
Chokers, high-waisted mom jeans, flannel shirts, cropped tops and space buns are all back in style! (We are especially loving the space buns – perfect for a summer music festival).
For many young adults today it was the 90’s that formed them; fashion, music and pop culture-wise. The music of artists like Brandy and Monica taught us how to feel empowered when fighting for our relationships, Madonna gave us our first taste of rebel love, and we found our first crush in young Leo and Johnny. Let’s not forget the modern-day girl power of the Spice Girls that has lead us to becoming empowered feminists today, sticking with our sisters and going after what we want. Memories of glitter spray, diamante denim and scrunchies bring back school discos of old and the days spent before hand preparing your ‘look’.
It seems like the 90’s carried the best of music, fashion and TV – from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to the pop legends that gifted us That Boy Is Mine and Baby One More Time. No need to wonder why we’re all nostalgic for this decade then!
Who knows, perhaps in a couple of decades, 2017 will be the coolest year to copy!
Words: Dilpreet Taak
This week, #DebutDoll Batty, who hails from Paris, gives you her view of diversity in the Parisian fashion industry.
Fashion is the world where everything can happen. Fashion is my passion; my everything. Since I was a child, working in the fashion industry has been my number one goal.
One thing I have always been concerned about in France is the lack of diversity in this field. Fashion is magical – as a child, this is why I expected it to be a world full of positivity and opportunities. But as I grew older I began to question this: can a black girl succeed in a big magazine? Which mixed race woman has actually succeed as a fashion director? What is the percentage of African workers in a fashion magazine? At sixteen-years-old, these kind of questions were in my head all the time.
Today, after working across the world in different aspects of the fashion industry, I have found that my worries about the lack of diversity in fashion is something I had learnt from my Parisienne environment. I have worked incredibly hard to get to where I am in the French fashion industry; I have learnt that I must work twice as hard than others (much like Ronan Pope told Olivia in Scandal).
Fashion is evolving all the time and anything can happen in the fashion industry – you have a place within it, no matter who you are and where you are from. My advice if you are worried about finding a place in fashion? Don’t give up and try to change the world with your talent.
Words: Batty Bathily