Ha, finally! The 90s are the new 80s.

NYT The Moment "90s are the new 80s"

That’s according to the New York Times, and since nostalgia seems to work in 20-year cycles, I guess anyone could have seen it coming. If, as the article says, the 90s were the sci fi thing and the Breeders, then excellent, but … what is that orange outfit! Do I not remember the 90s correctly? No matter what they were, though, anything is better than the 80s, the decade that just makes me go Reagan Thatcher Reagan Thatcher Reagan Thatcher Shoulderpads in a loop. I realize this view is unpopular. Sorry. From the NYT’s blog The Moment :

Show after show this week in London, the Y.B.D.’s were designing like it was 1995. Topshop’s Unique collection, in the hands of the stylist Katie Grand, mined the junkyard-rave aesthetic of the cult classic “Tank Girl” to mixed results. Charles Anastase’s “autobiographical” collection paid homage to the unsung icons of grunge — think the D.I.Y. style of Kelly and Kim Deal, of the alt-rock band the Breeders, and Rayanne Graff, the too-cool-for-school character played by A.J. Langer on the teen drama “My So-Called Life.” Chances are that only the hipsters who crash his shows will be savvy enough to appreciate this.

See also Aeon Flux and read this review on gawker.

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4 Responses to “Ha, finally! The 90s are the new 80s.”

  1. Adversary153 Says:

    I’m diggin’ the Richard Nicholl outfit on the right, it’s so Aeon Flux it’s not even funny.

  2. admin Says:

    Totally! Oh, Aeon Flux…
    http://blog.ounodesign.com/2008/10/19/space-rags/

  3. Space Rags. | Ouno Design Says:

    [...] Apparently, the farther out you get in space and time – Outer Space, say, in the far distant future – the more you find that everyone looks like Earth nomads, desert warriors, agrarian herders, medieval warriors or romans. Why is this? Is this inversion of space and time really about something else, like, say, coming to terms with our violent ancient human history by projecting it into an imaginary future? The more things change… Whatever it is, around our studio we call this sci-fi fashion phenomenon “Space Rags.” Its Middle-Earth-Meets-Ancient Greece-Meets-Outer-Space look seems to include an emphasis on handwoven or metallic textiles, often hand-stitched clothing that’s sort of handmade meets couture, hemp tunics, classic leather boots, asymmetrical jackets in rough cotton (possibly referencing Mongolian nomads?), yokes reminiscent of breastplates, utility straps and belts and weapons holsters. It’s back-to-the-land spacewear and basically everyone looks good in it. And look, it’s back in style. [...]

  4. indi | onlythe80s Says:

    Looking at those outfits, I’d say they are more sci-fi from the 70s – which ended up totally wrong in their predictions for the future (aka UFO and the like)

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