13 posts tagged "Throwback Thursday"
It goes without saying that today’s top models are a far cry from pageant queens. There’s Cara Delevingne, whose goofy expressions have been just as integral to her success as her stunning features; Binx Walton, who you’ll sooner find on a skateboard than on a beauty contest stage; and Edie Campbell, who embodies edgy model-off-duty style. In fact, Tim Blanks asserts that he can’t think of one model who has achieved glory in both pageants and high fashion, except for Helena Christensen. In today’s Throwback Thursday video, Blanks revisits the iconic 90s supe’s Miss Universe beginnings and overnight success on the runway. She played muse to Karl Lagerfeld, became one of the first Victoria’s Secret models, and starred in the sexy music video for Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games” (which picked up a few MTV Video Music Awards). During a period of emerging supermodel archetypes, her timing could not have been better: Christensen was the voluptuous, exotic foil to Christy Turlington and Claudia Schiffer’s girl-next-door charm. Follow Christensen’s unpredictable journey from beauty to catwalk queen here.
“The original idea was Jesus walking on water.” Who but Lee McQueen could get away with that? In today’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks revisits McQueen’s vivid Spring ’97 show, where models very literally walked on water—or, at least, a splashy runway. Contrary to first impressions, the collection wasn’t riffing on religion. “It was about the restrictions of fashion, really,” McQueen said. His starting point was Hans Bellmer, an artist who took dolls apart and put them back together in “fetishistic,” slightly eerie ways. (Side note: Bellmer’s work will be exhibited in That Obscure Object of Desire, a show set to open at New York’s Luxembourg & Dayan gallery on August 14.) “It’s the way I view fashion, chopping the proportions to make you feel longer, smaller, thinner,” McQueen explained. He created surrealist corsets, and enlisted Shaun Leane to design jewelry and frame-like contraptions for each memorable look, but you really have to see it to believe it. Watch Tim’s video, then take a look at the full runway show, here.
If anyone could make “hippies in fur” look chic, it’s Karl Lagerfeld. In today’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks looks back on Fendi’s Fall ’91 show, in which Lagerfeld presented an irreverent, ultra-luxe homage to the 1960s Haight-Ashbury scene. Iconic models like Linda Evangelista were decked out in reversible fur coats, miles of fringe, bucket hats, and beads. Consider it a glamorous alternative to festival style.
Looking at Fendi past and present, Blanks explains how fashion history has unfolded—the technology, the craftsmanship, and the constant nod to the future. As for the bona fide hippies who protested Fendi’s penchant for fur? The Kaiser put it simply: “As long as people eat meat and wear leather shoes, we shouldn’t discuss that subject.” Watch the full video here, and check back next week to see Tim’s latest look into the archives.
When it comes to Chanel today, you probably think of Karl Lagerfeld’s spectacular shows—icebergs, art galleries, carousels, supermarkets, you name it—and of-the-moment models like Cara Delevingne. But the Chanel of 1991? A totally different ball game. Which is precisely why the Fall ’91 hip-hop-inspired show made such a lasting impact. In this week’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks recalls Lagerfeld’s ability to “capture the mood of a moment.” In 1991, it was all about hip-hop, so gold chains, fishnets, oversize denim jackets, and leather were the hallmarks of the collection. This really wasn’t your grandmother’s Chanel anymore. Brash as it was, Lagerfeld was making all the right moves. We think Coco would have been proud—she used jersey in her collections, after all, and was the original purveyor of high-low style. Watch the complete video here for your weekly dose of throwback fashion.
In today’s Throwback Thursday video, Tim Blanks looks back on Valentino’s Spring 2001 Haute Couture collection, which featured “real clothes” and fresh-faced models like Stella Tennant and Carmen Kass. There were suits, cocktail dresses, daywear, evening gowns—everything a woman could ever need, all executed to perfection. “It’s a vision of another time in fashion,” Blanks says. Couture has since become more about spectacle and drama than wearability, but Valentino’s influence remains in Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s collections. See for yourself and watch the full video here.