For Celine, Hedi Slimane went way back, taking inspiration from the designs the house had produced in the ‘70s, like pleated A-line skirts, culottes, and women’s tweed blazers. At Kate Spade, the Seventies effect was derived from suits with high-waisted, flared trousers and elongating blazers, even though the colors themselves were very bright and of the moment.
Fashion in the 1990s brought forth a youth movement and offered carefree styles that dabbled in rebellion. Grunge and minimalism were the main trends of the decade with hip-hop and “sexy schoolgirl” styles also trending. Designers such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen pioneered grunge and took inspiration from the gritty streets. Supermodels were traded in for a new breed of waif models with Kate Moss, and her “heroin chic” look, leading the pack. Everyone wanted to emulate Moss’s “too cool to care” style, and fashion featured this attitude. Music and fashion also went together as fans copied the unique styles of their musical idols.