Since the theme on the blog this week seems to be the early ’90s era, and it’s also the beginning of New York Fashion Week, I thought I’d take a look at what was happening on the runways back then (not that I had a clue in my L7 t-shirt what was happening in Milan!). I came across these truly amazing videos of Gianni Versace’s Autumn/Winter 1991/1992 collection. It is a sight to behold: Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington, Helena Christensen, Yasmeen Ghauri—I dare you to look away! Models don’t walk that way anymore. They don’t have curves like that. They’re actually smiling, and, dare I say, BOUNCING. What’s that I hear? People hooting and cheering? They’re touching their hair and the garments. The over-the-knee patent leather boots and catsuits are epic. The pleated micro minis (which must have led to a longer silver version I acquired at the gap a couple years later) are aggressively twirled to expose supermodel butt. The gowns are just divine—layered satin neon? Yes, please. And don’t miss the insanely beaded bustiers at the end.
The front row seats have to grapple with the unruly photographers leaning over the runway in front of them—can you imagine Anna Wintour craning her neck to see above these guys? Also, it’s long… three ~five-minute parts on YouTube! Watch them all. They sure don’t make fashion shows that that anymore.
This Isaac Mizrahi show from 1991 is also pretty phonomenal.