The Spice Girls were probably one of the most influential girl groups of the decade, releasing Wannabe in 1996 (which remains the most successful song ever performed by an all-female group), as well as other hits such as Say You’ll Be There and 2 Become 1. The group formed in 1994 and were together until 2000, however they then reformed in 2007 – only to split up again a year later. Although, in 2012 they did make an appearance at the closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, and it is believed it was the last time the Spice Girls will perform together as a five.
Their debut album Spice sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. According to Rolling Stone journalist and biographer David Sinclair, “Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty were the most widely recognised group of individuals since John, Paul, George, and Ringo”
Mø, the 25 year old Danish singer, recently covered Say You’ll Be There and performed it at The Secret Garden Party in Abbots Ripton this weekend.
The novel Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding, 1996, follows Bridget Jones, a thirty-something, single woman who lives in London in the 90’s throughout her struggles of maintaining a job and finding a man. Since 2006 the novel has sold over 2 million copies and, as the Telegraph put it, “Fielding’s success in the 1990s meant that Bridget Jones came to define the Chick Lit phenomenon”.
Many parallels can be found between this book and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, most noticeably between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Mark Darcy. Also, Helen Fielding has said in many interviews that Bridget Jones’ Diary was based upon both Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the 1995 BBC adaptation of it. The decision to cast Colin Firth as Darcy reflects this as he played the ‘real’ Mr Darcy in the BBC adaptation.
The Telegraph describes the third new novel Mad About the Boy perfectly, saying “And Bridget also finds herself having to compete in a vastly changed, less innocent world; as one blogger has put it at the weekend, we were all “drunker, thinner, richer” when Bridget started in 1995 – a pre-9/11 age where the housing market was starting to boom, being able to dial 1471 to find out who had called your landline was a thrill and (try to explain this to the twerking generation) a man getting out of a lake in a wet shirt could be seen as the erotic moment of the decade.”
Does this show us, in this decade, in a positive light? Or does it make us reminisce about the “good old days”, when people were more easily amused, and the smaller things made a person happy….?
This sums it up so perfectly. The fashion of the 90’s decade is coming back in fast – like I said yesterday with choker necklaces, platforms are back too… just in time to celebrate the 18 year anniversary of the release of the Spice Girls’ first single “Wannabe”. Read more about it underneath
One of my oldest & dearest friends, Hannah Abrams, is the online editor for Technology Tell. She wrote a fun-tastic piece about the 18 year anniversary of the release of the Spice Girls’ first single, “Wannabe”. I figured I’d follow suit & spice up your lives with a Spice Girls inspired post.
One of the most captivating aspects of the Spice Girls phenomena was their fashion. Victoria always looked so chic & feminine. Mel C outfitted in athletic apparel was so fierce. Mel B had such presence in bold patterns. Gerri must have lived by the motto, “No pants are the best pants” (& so rocked it). Emma’s look was cute & sweet, yet still pretty sexy. These babes epitomized 90’s fashion & today, their looks are still coveted. So here’s my salute to the spicy pop stars of my babe-hood.
Everyone from Kylie Jenner and Miley Cyrus to top fashion bloggers have been rocking the super-tight necklace this year in various forms—tattoo chokers, metal chokers or those covered with dainty little flowers—it’s clear they’re on the way back in, although finding modern versions that don’t look retro can be hard to find.
That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite chokers that you can buy online along with some serious celebrity and blogger inspiration to get you started!