Saturday, April 17, 2010
From the Magazine Rack: The Sassy 90's
Recently, my best friend brought up the idea of being style icons to our future, as-yet-unconceived kids. Will we be style icons to them? If they're looking for early 90's evidence, the answer is no. I dug up an old Sassy magazine circa '94. At the time I was 15 and this now iconic rag was my style bible. Here are a few relics from the days of eyebrow pierces and Blossom hats (yes, I had both).
This article polled "what's sexy now": while guys were hot for belly rings, the ladies loved the eyebrow pierce WITH bead. Meanwhile the owner of the tribal armband admitted to "probably regretting that someday". If you're out there anonymous armband owner, the day has come, right?
Here we have a sampling of hairstyles from the 90's: flat middle parts, metal fros, pixie hair and I don't know what the hell that poof is called all the way on the right. (ps I went to hebrew school with that girl. she was very cool)
The blond pixie cut was definitely something I coveted back then. It was the apex of edgy style. And wait, on closer inspection, it's no wonder it was. Check out the model.
It's sassy intern and style icon of today Chloe Sevigny. I guess some people were always cool looking, even in the 90's. Meanwhile, some stars of today, made regrettable fashion flubs...
...Hilary Swank, I'm looking at you in your skater overalls and floppy hat. Oy.
Here is an interview with the star of a little show called "My So Called Life". I have to say I like Claire's leggings but I could do without the ribbed collared blouse. At the time of the interview she went to a private school in NYC and was really upset about having to give it up and move to LA to be in Little Women. "I'm really jaded now," she says. I could have just about killed her.
The next page is significantly harder in texture almost like cardboard. That's because it's an ad for BMG music club. Remember that? 99 cents for 10 albums (Yanni, Counting Crows, Candlebox, you name it) and a lifetime of dodging collection agencies. But the real standout from this ad is the fashion. Long dresses with slits down the middle that rode up to your belly-button were very big. They were like housecoats of the Golden Girls Variety, only you'd wear them with short shorts. I know the 90's are coming back but can we please agree to be selective. Blond pixie hair, yes. Adult-sized overalls, no. Awesome teen magazines, yes. The "Stuff You Wrote" section, aw hells no.
"I sat at my desk/ pieces of you/ laid out before me /there's your hand /there's your mind /here's your heart/ I ripped it up and threw it /away/ "oh" I said picking up the pieces again/ "I guess this is recyclable."
I'm sorry, but Emily from San Antonio, regrets this more than her tribal tattoo.