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Dennis Rodman models swimsuits with Cindy Crawford in 1996.
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Season: 8 Episode: 50
Title: Swimsuit Edition
Original Airdate: 6/17/96
Appearances: Pat Smear, Cindy Crawford, Dennis Rodman

POP CULTURE AND FASHION: CINDY INTERVIEWS DENNIS RODMAN

Call me crazy, but by the end of this segment I couldn’t help but wondering if Cindy requested to return to the show expressly for this piece. She looooooooves Dennis Rodman. I'm not into sports but this guy was a pop culture icon in the mid-'90s. He dated Madonna, wrote a book called Bad As I Wanna Be, wore a wedding dress during the press junket for his biography, and appeared onstage with Pearl Jam because that was his favorite band. Here, Dennis and Cindy try on bathing suits in the unfinished Seattle Planet Hollywood in a makeshift studio.

Cindy wears a very shiny shirt, Dennis wears a gigantic faux fur and brocade cap, and she can't stop admiring his physique while cracking “The Worm” jokes. Ever the exhibitionist, Dennis climbs into a tiny banana hammock and Cindy just about passes out.

Dennis is significant because basketball players aren't the most stylish dudes. I wasn't a fan of everything he did but he always took huge fashion risks with his ever-changing hair color, tattoos, and piercings. Plus, he always supported AIDS awareness and once declared that he would marry himself because he was bisexual. Some of the schtick was obviously publicity stunt-ish but you can appreciate his intentions, like how on this segment he has AIDS ribbons spray-painted onto his hair. At any rate, I’ll take Dennis Rodman in a Gaultier bathing suit over Michael Jordan’s distressed dad jeans any day. And don't even get me started on those awful, oversized, over-loud Steve Harvey suits that rookies wear when they're drafted.

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MUSIC AND FASHION: PAT SMEAR MODELS

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Pat Smear goes on a photo shoot with Amber Valletta and Shalom Harlow in New York in 1996.
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Shalom and Amber hit the East Village for a photo shoot with Germs, Nirvana, Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear. Shalom shoots, Amber styles and the three gallivant around New York on a hot summer day with a van filled with clothes. Italian ices are eaten, nails are painted and Pat poses in spring’s hottest togs, from mini-skirts to blue suits. The trio linger in barbershop doorways and on benches in Tompkins Square Park, with Shalom snapping all the while. At one point, she even takes issue with the House of Style camera crew for getting in her shot. It’s hardly a professional shoot: Amber jumps in to lotion dry legs, there are still price tags hanging out, and the end results are slightly blurred. Pat’s a great sport, going so far as to wear a gender-bending look Amber put together for him onstage.

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DEMOCRATIZING STYLE: THINGS THAT ARE COOL AND THINGS THAT SUCK

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Things That Are Cool for Summer in 1996.
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Everything in this segment looks like it was plucked from a rave flyer. There are curved metallic bags, tiny braided hair buns, brightly-colored sunglasses and a portable vanity (from AlwaysGroovy.com, no less) and it reminds us that you couldn’t walk into a Spencer’s Gifts without 90% of the stuff being about space or aliens. It’s insane how trendy the extraterrestrial motif was in 1996: Most of the things deemed cool fall into this category. The outlier is a quick message to support the independent record store, with a shout-out to Tim Jackson and Carolyn Schmitt’s Adult Crash, which used to sit on 66 avenue A, with a clientele that included such bold names as Courtney Love, Thurston Moore and Jon Spencer. Wendy Mullins from Built by Wendy also worked there. They specialized in Japanese imports and 7 inches, but apparently the call to arms didn’t suffice, because they’ve since sadly shuttered. Things that suck include blue nail polish (which seems more an issue of personal taste) and the high-heeled thong sandal because: barf.

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Victoria Adams, Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton of The Spice Girls go shopping in 1997.
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Season: 9 Episode: 56
Title: Romance Edition
Original Airdate: 2/4/97
Appearances: Victoria Adams, Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton (The Spice Girls), Pat Smear, Annie Morton, Laura Mercier

MUSIC AND FASHION: THE SPICE GIRLS GO TO THE MALL

Colors of the wooooooorld! This segment heralds Pat Smear joining the House of Style team as our new correspondent, and his surly deadpan is perfect for a trip to the mall with Baby Spice, Sporty Spice and Posh Spice. Not just any part of the mall either, we're going to Contempo Casuals! To give you a little primer on timeline, this piece dates to when “Wannabe” topped pop charts in twenty countries, but it’s also this sliver of time before the girls were media-trained, so they’re a little rough around the edges. It's soooooooooo good.

On that note, I’m a little bummed Scary and Ginger aren’t around, but we do get to see Posh when she was Victoria ADAMS. Yup, this is pre-Beckham, pre-Hollywood, and pre-being-so-skinny-her-cheekbones-could-cut-a-bish. I think her shoes might be *gasp* only moderately expensive. The four troop to Newport Centre in Jersey in a white stretch limousine. Baby is wearing a stretchy blue shirt and a pair of black trousers. It’s very Limited, like she’s landed a job in data entry. Posh wears a matching white crop top and stretch trouser suit, and Sporty’s in adidas warm-ups with black sneakers and black socks. It’s amazing to see how subtle their style cues are back then, considering how each of their discrete "fashion personalities" would become so much more exaggerated and costumey as they got more famous.

Emma (a.k.a. Baby) finds herself a frog backpack that Pat shoots down. Posh self-consciously admits to having looked ridiculous as a child, to which Pat quips that she still looks ridiculous. For an MTV exclusive, Mel (a.k.a. Sporty) puts on a skirt. Pat is way too cool for school throughout. You can never tell if he likes them, never mind if they like him back, but it is fascinating to watch the three girls clown around in Elvis outfits and ridiculous hats, since that they’re never going to be this normal again.

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MODELS, THE NEXT GENERATION: ANNIE MORTON

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Model Annie Morton in 1997.
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Annie Morton's a weird one. She was popular in the ’90s fashion community but never became renowned outside of it. With her gap teeth and slight 5’8” frame, she has both Lauren Hutton and Kate Moss to thank for opened doors, but what people remember most fondly about her is that there was a realness to her sexiness.

Whether it was Annie’s creative decision or ours, this interview is also really real. It all goes down on the floor of her apartment and her hair is messy. She's not wearing any makeup but is wearing what could be classified as “house pants.” Annie goes to get a photo of her brother while instructing us not to follow her into her apartment (we are relegated to the hallway) and talks us through her modeling book. Her black cat walks across our shot, the buzzer rings and at one point, we even hear our interviewer speak. Not once do we stop rolling. This is such a different scene from our interviews with supermodels, even the most candid ones.

There is a notable lack of glamour or pretense. Pop music may dominate the charts in the latter part of the decade, but the lo-fi effects of grunge are still felt within the fashion community in terms of the prevalent vibe still being antithetical to the supermodel. Annie also enjoyed a certain versatility, from her ads for Donna Karan to a shoot with Ellen Von Unwerth, but she also famously appeared naked in Juergen Teller’s book for Taschen. The photographer responsible for the eerie, sun-bleached Marc Jacobs ad campaigns is an apt complement to Annie’s modeling style.

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DEMOCRATIZING STYLE: LAURA MERCIER SHOWS US SPRING MAKEUP FOR 1997

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Spring makeup tips from makeup artist Laura Mercier in 1997.
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It’s always nice to see the people behind the product, and as recognizable as her eponymous makeup line is, I’d never seen Laura Mercier herself. The makeup artist is fierce. She has retro curled-under bangs, a feline swoop to her eyeliner and wears massive hoop earrings. In makeup trends, we begin to move away from the spackled foundation and heavily powdered looks of the decades before. This was the beginning of the time period when tinted moisturizer became more popular than the cream base, and Laura has some great tips for achieving the “it” look.

Concealer corrects small blemishes, obviating the need for an entire faceful of foundation. Moisturizing is key, and an eye cream is deployed to achieve a smooth, blendable surface. Light, bright colors like oranges and pinks are ideal, as is anything with a little shimmer or shine. Laura advises people not to make a Nike swoosh while applying blush, instead creating a small arch right on top of the apple of the cheek. She also instructs viewers to set up a makeup station by a window with natural light in order to avoid surprises. The final look is beautiful, youthful and vibrant.

The only thing that I have to add is that as someone who tried the shimmery bare-face, the dewy perfection often devolves into a shiny mess. Without a purposeful brow, lid, or lip to anchor a look, I always ended up rice paper-ing my reflective T-zones so compulsively that by the end of the day I was left with a naked face. This was a positive move away from the overly made-up looks of the early ’90s and ’80s, but if you ask me, it was a pendulum swing too far in the opposite direction. Trends and scientists would eventually help us find a happy medium. Thank you, cosmetic polymers.

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THINGS THAT ARE COOL AND THINGS THAT SUCK: VALENTINE'S DAY

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Things That Are Cool and Things That Suck For Valentine's Day in 1997.
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This Valentine's day, we're into old-school, personalized cards, chinoiserie, fancy bubble bath, soap, glittery eyes, boxes of assorted candy, red polish, and "love"-themed rings.

We're anti getting money like we're some sort of charity case, dudes getting pervy, white pumps, public displays of affection and guys who freshen breath in a totally un-suave way before they try to make out with us. Gross.

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Musician and 'House of Style' correspondent Pat Smear tours the Playboy Mansion with Ava Fabian in 1997.
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Season: 9 Episode: 59
Title: Swimsuit Edition
Original Airdate: 5/6/97
Appearances: Pat Smear, Cindy Crawford, Peter Beard

PAT SMEAR VISITS THE PLAYBOY MANSION

Pat Smear serves as host on this episode and we can see why considering he gets to visit the Playboy Mansion in the name of fashion. For this swimsuit episode, the Germs/Nirvana/Foo Fighters musician gallivants around Hef's grounds and the issue of style sort of goes out the window (or falls into the grotto) since no one is really wearing anything. We couldn't clear this segment because of the full frontal nudity on the entire cast and crew so take our word for it—everybody looked great! Actually, that's a bald-faced lie. We had clearance issues but maybe just go watch that one Entourage episode where Ari Gold wears pajamas under his suit to go the party at the mans. Or that one Sex And The City when Samantha buys a fake Fendi purse because it'll at least evoke the idea. Pat talks to Ava Fabian (Miss August 1986), Jessica Lee (Miss August 1996), Julie Cialini (Playmate of the Year, 1995), and Lisa Marie Scott (Miss February, 1995).

CULTURE AND FASHION: CINDY INTERVIEWS ARTIST PETER BEARD

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Cindy Crawford visits the studio of artist Peter Beard in 1997.
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Cindy returns to interview the artist Peter Beard who is this mega-famous suave badass who likes to travel to Africa a bunch and basically has that debonair style that all heterosexual men idolize. He seems like the sort of guy who has the best chairs and owns a very expensive watch that would do well on a submarine. He's a little neo-colonial and obviously monied. He says things like, "primatava." LOL. He looks like he could fly a plane.

Born in New York, Beard is a diarist, collagist, collector, photographer and mixed media artist who has collaborated with numerous luminaries like Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth and Truman Capote. He's big into animal carcasses and was once gored by an elephant. Anyway, what he does in this segment is cover his head in blood and guts and makes Cindy help him make a print. No joke. You totally don't see it coming.

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Cindy Crawford's swimsuit calendar shoot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 1991.
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Season: 9 Episode: 60
Title: Retrospective
Original Airdate: 6/3/97
Includes segments from:

  • Dee Dee Ramone Gets A Paul Smith Makeover (Episode 2)
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  • Cindy Crawford And Tracey Ullman Play Dress Up (Episode 5)
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  • Cindy Crawford's Swimsuit Calendar Photo Shoot (Episode 8 )
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  • Cindy Crawford's Vogue Shoot With Helmut Newton In Monte Carlo (Episode 10)
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  • Linda Evangelista Model Profile (Episode 12)
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  • Niki Taylor's Vogue Shoot In Miami (Episode 14)
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  • The Beastie Boys And The X-Large Store (Episode 15)
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  • Liv Tyler Goes Back To School Shopping (Episode 16)
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  • Kate Moss Model Profile (Episode 19)
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  • Todd Oldham's Swimsuit Pointers (Episode 22)
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  • Cindy Crawford Shops At Sears With Duran Duran (Episode 23)
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  • Cindy Crawford Goes Grocery Shopping With Onyx (Episode 25)
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  • Amber Valletta Model Profile (Episode 27)
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  • Shoe Shopping With Sheryl Crow (Episode 35)
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  • Jon Stewart Goes Backstage At Calvin Klein (Episode 39)
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  • Helmut Newton Shoots Eva Herzigova For Vogue (Episode 40)
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  • Daisy Fuentes Shoots A Swimsuit Calendar (Episode 40)
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  • Sexy Swimsuits In The City (Episode 40)
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  • Naughty By Nature's Newark Style (Episode 43)
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  • Kurt Loder Gets A House Of Style Makeover (Episode 43)
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  • Jewel Goes Prom Shopping (Episode 49)
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  • Cindy Crawford And Dennis Rodman Try On Swimsuits (Episode 50)
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  • Shalom Harlow Hangs Out With Gwen Stefani (Episode 52)
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  • Jason Lewis Model Profile (Episode 54)
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  • Todd Oldham's Lazy Guy Tips (Episode 54)
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  • Pat Smear Goes Shopping With The Spice Girls (Episode 56)
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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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