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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.

+ WATCH FASHION MEDIA AND EATING DISORDERS


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Model Kate Moss in 1993.
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Season: 5 Episode: 19
Title: Winter Edition
Original Airdate: 1/21/93
Appearances: Kate Moss, Todd Oldham

RISE OF THE SUPERMODEL: KATE MOSS

Kate Moss’s arrival on the scene marks the fashion industry’s response to the grunge movement that dominated youth culture and music at the time. The doe-eyed British waif was notable not only because she was antithetical to the buxom, bodacious, big-haired glamour of the supermodels who came before, but because she stood at just 5’6”—a height that was widely considered undesirable in her line of work. The notable thing about Kate (and, of course, the passage of time and her relevance throughout the next decades would prove as much) is that she did not pave the way for a generation of shorter girls: Kate Moss was the exception and an outlier. Another effect of her stature within the industry is that she couldn’t typically be shot for campaigns and fashion editorial flanked by a pack of other girls. In any iconic “here are all the supermodels” round-up shot by Steven Meisel or the like, Moss would look odd, and was therefore frequently shot by herself, which only contributed to her air of vulnerability and her persona as a loner. The CK One group shot ads are obviously the exception, though it should be considered how stark the campaign is and how much the other models featured therein are similarly waifish and un-modelly.

Some argue that Kate Moss does not qualify as a supermodel (and the debate as to who coined the phrase and whether it stretches back far enough to include Lauren Hutton, or extends forward to members of later generations, like Gisele Bündchen still rages) but if you define the term based on money earned, status achieved, and impact, Kate absolutely qualifies. Her ascension represents a critical turning point and redefined ’90s beauty. She is the line between grunge and glamour. In this introductory segment, Kate smiles goofily, talks about how her shoulders are her best feature and how she didn’t get to hang out with Mark Wahlberg during the CK jeans shoot because his "posse" was there the entire time. She is also one of the few fledgling models who does not seem intimidated by any other models, established or otherwise.

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DEMOCRATIZING STYLE: TODD OLDHAM TAKES US THRIFT SHOPPING

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Designer and 'House of Style' correspondent Todd Oldham goes thrift store shopping in 1993.
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As with the furniture in the earlier installment, Todd’s attitude is irreverent and inventive toward the clothes he thinks teens should be wearing. It’s reassuring once again that a world-renowned designer is giving kids the greenlight to shun brands and expensive gear; at one point, Todd even says that thrift-store finds could be considered analogous to couture because time has guaranteed that they’re one-of-a-kind. Todd suggests starting in the department that is your favorite, and looking for signs like empty hangers to see what others have “stashed” on the floor directly underneath. For the ladies, he suggests shopping in the men’s and little boys’ department and advises dudes to “paper bag” their pants and opt for a much larger waist size than they’d typically wear. A quick tutorial on “how to layer,” and why you shouldn’t be afraid to buy suits and discard the undesirable top or bottom ends the segment—but not before Todd instructs us to do our own alterations: Nobody cares if you screw up your own inexpensive stuff.

+ WATCH TODD OLDHAM GOES THRIFT SHOPPING

DEMYSTIFYING THE FASHION INDUSTRY: GRUNGE ON THE RUNWAY

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Highlights from the Spring 1993 runway shows.
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The ’70s look is still going strong, with platforms, wedges, berets, crochet dusters, bell bottoms and hot pants. But there's a notable migration into grunge with beanies, loose jackets, Dr. Martens boots, teeny-tiny eyebrows and stripes aplenty. There is slouchy sleepwear at Perry Ellis by Marc Jacobs (SUCH A PIVOTAL COLLECTION!!!), straggly lank hair at Calvin Klein. Millinery is all over the place from gigantic velvet “Blossom” hats to a straw pith helmet contraption at Byron Lars that is highly evocative of the black “Darth Vader” visor shown for 2012 by Nicolas Ghesqueire for Balenciaga that retailed for a cool $3,000. Details, people, details.

+ WATCH SPRING '93 RUNWAY WRAP-UP

+ WATCH MODELS RELAX BACKSTAGE

+ CHECK OUT MORE PHOTOS FROM EPISODE 19

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