cigarette smoke will follow
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One of my deepest regrets is that I was too young to experience the fashion mood of the 90’s. 90210 is a blur, Nirvana is a distant whisper and grunge was a style reserved only for the older girls.
In my memories I’m fascinated by the girls of the 90’s. When my mind is clear enough I can close my eyes and see them hanging outside the Sportsgirl store in the Canberra shopping centre, reaching into their tiny backpacks for their Mac Spice lip pencil and powder compacts. Denim jackets slouch across their skinny shoulders and pinstripes compete with velvet accents. A bare midriff isn’t out of place and where ever they go, cigarette smoke will follow.
Pouring through Polaroids snapped backstage at Alexander Wang AW10 it seems that the 23 year old designer and I share the same memories. Not a pop colour in sight, his elfin army sport slick side parted hair and all shades of grunge. Cool girls, as if plucked from suburban shopping centers themselves, provide the perfect canvas for the ultimate 90’s showcase brought to life on a runway; the perfect encore for those of us who missed out the first time.