Nostalgia of the 90s

Good day to you my reminiscent readers,

It has always amazed me how a certain scent, item of clothing or hair style (Kenzo flower, a multi coloured corduroy miss sixty skirt and who can forget the “Rachel hairstyle for me) can bring back thoughts of your younger years in an instant. For this months post, I wanted to delve into the world of nostalgia; and in my case the 90s and 00s and how style has evolved over the decades.

(Images courtesy of google images)

I have such fond memories of where my foray into the fashion world began. I always loved pouring over fashion magazines and influences for me as a teenager were from Top of the Pops on a Friday night and the annual Oscars ceremony from Hollywood where I looked on in wonder at the cutting edge creations which adorned the movie stars.

Although I admired the body con style of dresses that girls from my school would wear when we were old enough to go out, with my swimmers shoulders and tomboy, athletic build that look was not for me. As soon as I saw Kate Moss however, I knew that I had found my muse. With her understated hair, bare faced beauty and bohemian style I was hooked. I was the only one out of my group of friends who would wear an ankle grazing skirt, plain vest and flip flops to a club and some of the looks from the glamorous girls in the bars were to be desired but I have always been comfortable in the fact that I know what suits my body and confidence comes from being unequivocally YOU.

Growing up I remember the excitement of going to the Brand Centre which was a huge clothing store near to where I live at the weekend. With every designer from high street to high end there really was something for anyone there and I would be so excited if I managed to bag a steal in the bargain corner! Haha. From Evisu denim bomber jackets to Maharishi embroidered cargo trousers I loved the versatility of teaming these incredible one off pieces with a simple top and accessories or over a evening dress and heels – the key was mixing and matching.

As I’ve got older, my style is a lot more paired back now as my 9 to 5 is in the Corporate world. Weekdays are filled with fitted dresses, suit jackets and court shoes, although I still love the thrill of purchasing classic, timeless pieces which will stand the test of the relentless fashion cycle – you seriously cannot beat a well made, elegant overcoat or a silky soft pair of leather boots. Although the cost may be slightly higher than the high street, I still have a leather jacket which I’ve had since my 16th birthday which comes out every year – believe me the cost per wear is incredible.

Sometimes in these cold winter months when we feel like we are habitual night creatures going to and coming home from work in the dark, sometimes seeing a certain brand on someone you walk past in the street or seeing a pop of colour in a colleagues umbrella can transport you to those heady days of school holidays and planning an outfit for your prom and you just cannot help but smile.

Besides, who doesn’t like to feel young every once in a while hey! Pull out those retro Moschino trousers, pair them with an oversized knit and you are winter 2019 ready.

Until next time,

Take care, Keya x

Model mania

Good morning my long legged legions,

With the recent announcement of the Brazilian bombshell supermodel Gisele Bundchen retiring from the modelling industry, this weeks post I have decided to dedicate to my favourite models growing up. 

As I am a late 80s baby, I grew up looking up to and admiring the regally tall, beautiful supermodels of the 1990s. In this era there was the introduction of the first black skinned supermodel Naomi Campbell. She walked countless catwalk shows and graced all of the top glossy magazines covers (of course my favourite of all being Vogue) What I loved about her though was her fearless determination to succeed. The defining moment for me which cemented my adoration of her was in the Viviene Westwood show when she stumbled in an impossibly high pair of platforms. That would be any women’s biggest fear when wearing heels but she just laughed and carried on. She is such a strong charactered woman 😊

Another of my favourites from that time was the blonde, blue eyed German beauty Claudia Schiffer. Her strong features and pale skin just transferred wonderfully onto the camera. I remember her mostly from the Guess jeans adverts – that was always one of my dreams growing up to one day be a Guess girl πŸ˜€

To this day my all time favourite supermodel is the amazing Kate Moss. This British babe is the epitome of “off duty” model dressing. She looks just as good on camera as she does being papped walking along Oxford Street. The first time I saw her in a magazine I remember looking at her elfish tiny face and slim frame in a high fashion editorial shoot on Fashion TV and I knew then that I wanted to learn all I could about the various fashion models, photographers and stylists as well as the designers. The clothes cannot display themselves and this was one aspect of fashion that I just revelled in. 

As I have grown into a young woman, the new breed of supermodel is ever evolving. One thing I have noticed is there has been a invasion of models from Brazil on the catwalk. It isn’t hard to see why, with their chestnut honey coloured sun bleached locks, tanned lithe beach bodies and incredible complexions. The most popular catwalk show each year is without a doubt the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. It truly is a spectacle to be seen with models sashaying down the runway in bejewelled wings, lavish lingerie, sexy Santas outfits and a bra costing $1 million! 

For me, fashion is such a diverse industry and is constantly changing and evolving. I have noticed with each passing year I grow a new level of respect and admiration for what designers are bringing to the catwalks each season. I know that designers need models to showcase their visions but the rise of the internationally known supermodel brand is on the incline due to social media and reality tv shows. 

Also, in all honesty (myself included) I would say 99% of women (and men) will happily turn their hallway at home into a runway when they want to show their loved ones a new outfit or that amazing dress they have purchased for a black tie event. Who doesn’t want to pretend to be our own supermodel on the catwalk of life after allπŸ˜€

Until next week, take care 

Keya X