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Model Liv Tyler goes back to school shopping at Stussy in 1992.
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Season: 4 Episode: 16
Title: Fall '92
Original Airdate: 9/16/92
Appearances: Liv Tyler, Todd Oldham, Veronica Webb, Tyra Banks

DEMYSTIFYING THE FASHION INDUSTRY: BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING WITH MODEL LIV TYLER

In this clip, we've got Liv Tyler, who had just started her modeling career six months prior, taking us back-to-school shopping BECAUSE SHE IS IN THE 9TH GRADE. The daughter of rock n' roll royalty (her dad is Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who some of you babies will only know as the dude who used to be an American Idol judge) is basically a zygote here and it's adorable because we've given her $200 to go shopping and she manages to find several outfits even though H&M and Forever 21 didn't exist yet.

I love how easygoing she is in her crossbody bag, simple black shorts and clogs and we make a beeline for Stussy where she tries on a bunch of oversized, striped tees, bucket hats (LOL) and stove pipe denim knee shorts (LOLOL). Then it's off to John Fluevog to try on some shoes and the Army Navy store for some basics like white tees. There's also a trip to vintage store Reminiscence (that still exists in the flatiron district!) and all the footage is interspersed with B-roll of Liv onset of a fashion shoot where her bangs are blown out and she wears velvet headbands and satin gloves because it is 1992.

Once all the booty is collected, she cooks up some outfits together and we learn that this beautiful girl who would become a cosmetics spokesperson and actress loves everything super hip-hop like oversized everything, backwards caps, Stan Smith adidas sneakers and gold. She also puts together a school girl look with a midriff-bearing tied-up white blouse, plaid skirt and white tights that's very reminiscent of her appearance in her dad's "Crazy" video two years later as well as a super-weird-but-awesome houndstooth-overall-midi-skirt-tunic thing that she wears with a white tee.

It's like going shopping with a mortal, human, unfamous friend, which is what makes it and her so great.

+ WATCH LIV TYLER GOES SHOPPING


DEMYSTIFYING THE FASHION INDUSTRY: TODD OLDHAM REDECORATES HIS HOME AND DESIGNS A COLLECTION

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Todd Oldham refurbishes his house on a budget in 1992.
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In this segment, we learn how a designer’s mind works: In redecorating his home, Todd came up with the “Interiors” theme of his Fall 1992 collection. It’s delightful to see how the fringe trim of decorative pillows becomes tiers on a mini skirt for a very young Tyra Banks; striped carpets are re-imagined as psychedelic pantsuits for Veronica Webb; two "junky" (his words, not ours!) paintings that hang on Todd’s walls become the front and back of a skirt, complete with borders that evoke the paintings’ frames. There is a leopard-print fur chaise (faux, since Todd loves animals) that becomes a luxurious, long coat as well as a printed blouse. Todd’s search for a gilt mirror becomes the inspiration for a sequin shift dress.

Then, Todd hits the flea market with Angel, his design assistant. In the same breezy, organic way we saw Todd creating his “furniture fashion,” he picks up a couch, a chair and an end table and remixes them in mere hours with the help of fabric remnants, a glue gun, safety pins, spray paint, permanent fabric dye, markers, bits of porcelain and roofing nails.

It all looks pretty ’90s (see: painted swirls on a velvet chair), but it’s great to watch a celebrated designer not only walk you through his creative process and invite you into his brain and home, but then to have him show you in totally non-scary ways how to redecorate, employing what he calls “the cheesiest recover.” It's not intimidating at all. Even in a sped-up montage, you can see where Todd applies the glue, how he uses safety pins to create the hem of the sofa cover and how tucking all the excess fabric or cutting it away makes for a surprisingly effective workaround in place of using a sewing machine. Todd also talks about the importance of recycling, which is another element that makes Todd’s design philosophy so accessible. (That said, these days, I’d have everything closely checked for bedbugs.)

+ WATCH TODD OLDHAM APARTMENT IMPROVEMENTS


BEST AND WORST OF THE RUNWAY: CONTEXTUALIZING FALL/WINTER 1992

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Gianni Versace runway show in 1992.
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This is a montage of the trends at fashion week for FW 1992. There’s teased and tormented hair at Martine Sitbon, fantastic millinery at Complice (designed then by Dolce and Gabbana), ’70s rock-n-roll badassery at Dolce and Gabbana and Anna Sui, and animal print at Todd Oldham and Perry Ellis. We also get a shy, cross-dressing model at Todd Oldham, and neon, body-con mastery at Gianni Versace.

+ WATCH 1992 FALL FASHION WEEK


DEMYSTIFYING THE FASHION INDUSTRY: MEDIA AND EATING DISORDERS

Since it was a television show targeted predominantly to young girls that covered fashion and beauty, House of Style was conscious about addressing the topic of eating disorders. In this segment, we speak to Linda Wells, EIC of Allure magazine; eating disorder specialist Dr. Ivy Marcus; and physician Woodson Merrell. Most importantly, we meet a teen and learn about her battle with bulimia. Like the testimonial-based coverage of women’s health issues in magazines like Sassy, these moments of candor were intended to resonate with kids watching the show who may identify with the anecdotes and emotions, and to help viewers recognize that they might need to seek help.

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Cindy Crawford goes shoe shopping with singer Sheryl Crow in 1994.
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Season: 6 Episode: 35
Title: Winter Edition
Original Airdate: 11/9/94
Appearances: Sheryl Crow, Nadja Auermann, Kevyn Aucoin

MUSIC AND FASHION: CINDY AND SHERYL CROW GO SHOE SHOPPING

Warning: This clip is filled with so much stellar mid-’90s John Fluevog shoe porn that it's nuts. It may or may nor compel you to fall into an eBay time-suck scouring for their throwbacks so be careful. Anyway, this segment is exactly what it sounds like: Cindy and Sheryl Crow hit up a bunch of New York shoe stores. What makes it interesting is that the two ladies are extra comfortable around each other, because they’ve entered into this tacit, mutual acknowledgement that they’re both a little square.

In the old Otto Tootsi Plohound shoe boutique, Sheryl longingly points at a pair of knee-high silver boots with shoelace eyelets that are modeled after ice-skate hooks, and remarks that someone like Kim Gordon would look great in them, but that she couldn’t pull them off. Cindy insists that Sheryl try them on, and even shares a boot-lacing shortcut. Sheryl mentions that she has corns on her toes because of years spent dancing backup for male headliners on tour. She pointedly notes that they insisted on tight clothes, which often meant uncomfortable heels as well. Cindy tries on a pair of lug-heeled sneakers.

Cindy calls John Fluevog the “funky shoe store,” and here they seem slightly intimidated by the 5” platform heels, thick straps and bright vinyl. I was hoping to see some sightings of the single buckled pilgrim strap “Munsters” that were huge in 1990 when Lady Miss Kier wore them on the Deee-Lite World Clique album cover, but was just as thrilled to see the sculpted heels on all the other classics at the flagship in 1995.

Then Sheryl and Cindy head to Steve Madden, where Sheryl falls in love with a pair of silver Mary Janes that she declares “Courtney Love.” Cindy even admits that she’s always wanted to try on some Puma Clydes. It may just be because Cindy’s feet were killing her and she needed something more comfortable, but it’s also sweet that she wanted to participate in a “cool” shoe movement of the day that was embodied by skate kids and the Beastie Boys. Sheryl comments on a pair that were so uncomfortable there’s no way any human could wear them, but Cindy’s quick to say that “those” club girls could and would. It’s almost as if Cindy is letting House of Style fans know that she’s aware of the trends, but that she'd never claim to be a part of any such subculture embodying them.

+ WATCH SHERYL CROW SHOE SHOPS

RISE OF THE SUPERMODEL: NADJA AUERMANN

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Model Nadja Auermann in 1994.
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This segment introduces the notion that, in order to build a supermodel, there is an algorithm of important components that must lock into place. Of course, with Nadja Auermann and her alarmingly long legs, we can’t ignore unusually beautiful preternatural traits, but then, there are other things to consider—like the importance of a model’s hair color.

Nadja’s memorable because of her stark white hair and her milky white skin. She can look anywhere from angelic to extraterrestrial; from a milk maid to a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica. There’s something terrifyingly blank about Nadja’s expression and her chilly Teutonic disposition. Even in interviews, talking about something as pedestrian as knitting to kill time backstage, she seems like she’s got several other agendas churning simultaneously. It’s remarkable, therefore, how ordinary she looks with her former shoulder-length auburn hair. If not for a French Vogue shoot where they powdered a patch of hair white, she might never have discovered what made her look click. Even Nadja herself admits how uninspired her appearance had been before. It’s like every moment of truth in America’s Next Top Model: The girl who tries something drastic is often rewarded.

Nadja was memorable in the ’90s for her shoots with Helmut Newton and a particularly memorable one in American Vogue found her outfitted with metal scaffolding on her legs as if she’d had her bones pinned or was wearing a fashion brace. To my eyes, she’d never looked more like a Borg, but it was criticized for its insensitivity to those who were legitimately disabled.

Nadja, who grew up in West Berlin, is the first model interviewed for this series who talks about the effect of politics on her life. She believes education makes a good model, and you get the impression that, for some women, a career in modeling is a type of finishing school, where you develop poise, glamour and a self-possession that makes your beauty that much more scary.

+ WATCH NADJA AUERMANN

DEMYSTIFYING STYLE: TODD AND KEVYN ON 'THE ART OF MAKEUP'

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Designer Todd Oldham interviews makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin about his book, 'The Art of Makeup' in 1994.
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On the release of Kevyn Aucoin’s new book, The Art of Makeup, Todd and Kevyn discuss the late makeup artist's origin story of growing up in Louisiana practicing makeup on his younger sister, and how he learned what worked best through simple trial and error. On beauty, Kevyn and Todd share a lot of the same philosophies, and even though Kevyn will cite curling eyelashes as his number 1 tip and mentions that shaping your brows (or “wrangling” as Todd calls it) is the most dramatic thing you can do short of cosmetic surgery to alter your face, his life philosophy is really all about confidence. Kevyn’s biggest fashion and beauty faux pas is being afraid of what other people will think of your look. It’s very much in keeping with what we know of Todd (whose hair is tousled beautifully this episode) and his message of self-love and overcoming fear and self-consciousness.

+ WATCH TODD OLDHAM MAKEUP TIPS WITH KEVYN AUCOIN

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