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The Influencers: Double denim & the unfortunate G-string moment

28 May 2021
Cast Of Beverly Hills, 90210
Those preppy kids from Beverly Hills, 90210 sure had a lot of drama (and stonewashed jeans) in their lives. PHOTO: Mikel Roberts/Sygma via Getty Images

In our fashion dance among the decades, we take a look at the 1990 - 2000s. Yes, there was a bit of cringe involved during these years fashion-wise, but thank goodness for one TV programme that saves the day.


It was the decade of a confusing interplay between rebel and the preppy. Grandparents were left perplexed while closets were raided for a manky old cardigan to wear over dad’s flannel shirt in order to channel grunge gods like Kurt Cobain. Otherwise you were buttoning up like Brenda and Brandon Walsh (Beverly Hills, 90210, 1990–2000).
It was the age of the supermodel, with the likes of Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. And who can forget those Calvin Klein ads with the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Kate Moss and Christy Turlington and the controversy over ‘heroin chic’?

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Kurt Cobain On 'mtv Unplugged'

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain made the cardigan popular again and is known for popularising grunge fashion.PHOTO: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Mathew Williamsonfall/winter 2001 Collection Party

Kate Moss was an iconic model in the 1990s, a remains popular today. Her sultry campaign with Calvin Klein, alongside Mark Wahlberg (below) certainly created a bit of a storm. PHOTO:  Getty Images

Calvin Klein Presents Fall 1995 Collections At The "race To Erase Ms" Benefit


With all sorts of double denim, alongside low-riding jeans and the very unfortunate peeking G-string moment, all we can say is thank goodness for Sex and the City: The Movie (2008). The New York gals had been coutured up to their eyeballs since the series started in 1998. Completely unrealistic, but that’s why we loved it. From the ballerina skirt, Manolo Blahnik shoes and that wedding dress. Thank you Patricia Field.

Suddenly the bikini top became a very popular day-wear item when teamed with mesh. With the influence of girl groups like All Saints and TLC, we were suddenly sporting comfy cargo pants and tight T-shirts with all sorts of bedazzling going on. As for the boy bands? Well, I’m sure they were as unhappy with their stylists as we were.

The 28th Annual American Music Awards

Oh dear. Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. PHOTO: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage


12th Annual Kroq Almost Acoustic Christmas

Mesh was big and so was wearing a bikini top under your tops. We blame Gwen Stefani. PHOTO: Getty


On Location For "sex And The City 2" September 1, 2009

We loved Sex and the City not just for the hilarious bants and to see what on earth Samantha (Kim Cattrall) was going to say next, but because of the fashion; particularly Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker, above) shoes and wardrobe shots. Photo: James Devaney/WireImage/GETTY

Natalie Appleton And Melanie Blatt

We were all into bedazzling our cargo-like pants at one stage. Natalie Appleton and Melanie Blatt of the former pop group "All Saints" perform on stage at the Europe MTV Music Awards on November 16, 2000. PHOTO: Getty Images


The 1995 Mtv Movie Awards

We loved their music and their baggy pants. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Chili and T-Boz of TLC. PHOTO: Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

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