Kendall Jenner was in nappies when the ’90s was serving up spaghetti-strap dresses, flapping butterfly clips and belly-button-ring-baring crop tops, but that doesn’t stop her revelling in the era’s sartorial riches.
Like a moth to a flame, it seems the model just can’t get enough of the era; drawn to anything with a remote ’90s bent. There’s been kittenish mules, cropped cardigans, bodycon, bread-y shoulder bags and a lot of Gianni-helmed, Medusa-laden vintage Versace (the peak of ’90s high fashion). Fast-becoming the pin-up girl for the decade’s revival in modern fashion culture, she’s also become the major proponent of ’90s-inflected trends, essentially a walking billboard for the baguette bag, thong heel and bare dress.
Traversing all moments of the decade (even those questionable murky corners), she has championed both its gaudy maximalism (by way of Versace, Gaultier and animal print), and explored its minimalist sensibility, with naked dresses and barely-there footwear. Last week’s outfit was the perfect example of this: a tiny taupe spaghetti-strap mini dress by Turkish label Zeynep Arcay, mocha-croc square-toe mule by A.W.A.K.E mode and chunky Tiffany & Co. chain link jewels (while shopping at the iconic jeweller on Rodeo Drive).
Recalling the sleek minimalism of a Donna Karan / Calvin Klein / Helmut Lang ’90s (as oppose to the all-out extravagance of the aforementioned Versace and Gaultier), Jenner’s look also bore the stamp of one Carrie Bradshaw, drawing comparisons to her famous DKNY, skin-coloured “naked dress”.
Be it a skimpy slip or a dose of nostalgic, print-charged decadence, take a leaf out of Kendall Jenner’s ’90s-book and party like it’s 1999 with these throwback buys.
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Freddie mini dress, Paris Georgia, $674. shop now
Xanthe kitten heel, mara & mine, $310. shop now
graduated link necklace, Tiffany & co., $17,300. shop now
rachel linen shoulder bag, by far via matchesfashion, $561. shop now
silk mini dress, versace via vestiaire collective, $337. shop now
shiloh glossy snake-effect leather straight-leg pants, grlfrnd via net-a-porter, $908. shop now
Season 8 PVC Wedge Thong Sandal, Yeezy via Revolve, $1323. shop now
square neck cross strappy bodycon dress, boohoo, $12. shop now