Trending: 9 Things I Miss About The 90's w Calvin Klein Jeans NZ
I've always been a firm believer there was never a need to move on from the 90's. It was such a transformative collection of years and some of the best of my life to date. Sure I was merely a child during that period, being born in '86 and all - but I had a blast. I can tell from all my awesome photos my mum has of me and my two older bros. There was a skateboard ramp in our backyard, I had walkie talkies, loads of Batman toys, loved to dress up as Karate Kid and had a sweet Ninja Turtles sweater I lived in daily.
And I'm not the only one who loves me some 90's either. One of all time favourite labels Calvin Klein have been throwing it back by re-issuing some of their eclectic 90's attire so we can live and wear that radical decade's style again. So when Holly Estelle and I were thinking about our next shoot, we knew we had to go old school and kick it 90's style, and who better to do it with than Calvin Klein Jeans NZ. This is the result of our day turning it back to the 90's. Shit it was good fun, we even pulled out some of our old fav school snacks like Tiny Teddies and Nerds.
Here's 9 things I love and miss the about the 90's.
1. The Haircuts. I had me a sweet bowl cut during the 90's and if you can imagine I had blond shoulder length hair as a youngster. Crazy right? All these years later, I've been getting my hairdresser to grow out the length on top and shave a number two on the sides to replicate that look. Other great 90's styles were the Fresh Prince mandatory flat top, Backstreet Boys frosted tips, gelled spikes or Justin Timberlake blond noodles. I'm looking forward to seeing more of these styles appear as 2017 is pitted to bring back many of these classic 90's looks.
2. The Movies. I've been the biggest Batman fan since I saw the first Batman movie and even all these decades later these Tim Burton directed originals still hold their merit, with minimal special effects and just plain good old art direction, costuming and acting they remind me of the true craft of film. Other goodies include Richie Rich, and Jurassic Park.
3. The Fashion. This is a huge category and where to even start?! I miss the block colours, oversize clothing, bold patterns, big sneakers, triple denim, bum bags, snap pants, fluro everything, sweater around the waist and even turtlenecks, which by the way are back in season and are on my hit list for the Winter. You'll see Holly and I above killing it with so much denim we could have our own denim store.
4. The Music. My first cassette tape that came along with my flash Sony walkman (think it was $80 odd dollars which was a fair bit of dosh to fork out back then) was the Batman Forever movie soundtrack, as I particularly liked Seal's Kiss from a rose. Then there's the Backstreet Boys, and don't pretend you don't know all the lyrics to Backstreets Back.
5. The Language. Any of these ring a bell? My bad, all that and a bag of chips, dope, yadda yadda yadda, aiiight, tight, da bomb, ain't no thang but a chicken wing. This is merely just a few and there's a great site that lists some brilliant 90's words, terms and slang - loads I've never heard of.
6. The Accessories. Skate belts & chain wallets. Don't act like you never had them. I was the youngest of three boys so money was hard to come by, but mum not wanting me to miss out took me to the local hardware store so I could home job my own chain. Was fairly easy too, just cut off the desired length from the wheel of never ending chain and then grab yourself a clip attachment thing and $8 dollars later you're on trend.
7. The Parties. One of my fondest memories was my 7th birthday at McDonald's Belmont. I distinctly remember how great a day it was having all my best friends there, eating Happy Meals, having a mad time on the playground and we all with our faces painted. Mine was painted Ronald McDonald, which under pressure was what I asked for but later remembered I'd wanted to be of course Batman, which my good mate Calum had already had on his face. Funny what you remember.
8. The TV Shows. There's too many to even list, but some of my favourites are Power Rangers, Transformers, Captain Planet, Rug Rats, and The Fresh Prince. It's great to see Power Rangers is having a major resurgence with a new box office hit and obviously Transformers has been revived with a huge franchise that keeps on going. But what I'm loving more is the fact that I can re-watch The Fresh Prince on Netfix and just watching it throws up some great memories to the 90's, from the fashion, language, music and culture.
9. The Toys. Anyone have a ProYo or those chatter rings? I got my first ProYo down at The Warehouse Tauranga when I was a teen, even got the belt clip holder with it like an old man with his mobile attached to his hip. Great bang for your buck that was. Then I got some chatter rings even though the sound drived everyone mad. They'll be back for sure.
Thankfully even in 2017 we're still able to relive and enjoy some of the best things to ever come out of the 90's. Take yourself back to that fantastic decade by throwing on some of the 90's inspired clothing from Calvin Klein Jeans at 25 High Street in Auckland City. Once you've got some 90's gear on you'll never want to take it off. I'm wearing the above CK grey joggers as I'm writing this, while I'm watching The Fresh Prince. It just doesn't get any better.
I'd love to know what you miss about the 90's, feel free to comment below!
Jaheb & Holly wearing // All clothing provided by Calvin Klein Jeans NZ.
The very talented photographer Sophie Miya-Smith behind the lens. Also thanks to Matthew, Sophie's brother for being a part of the shoot 👏🏻