Throwback Thursdays with Tim Blanks3 seasons, 68 episodes
Style.com editor at large Tim Blanks has been an eye witness to fashion's most memorable moments. Now the former Fashion File host revisits the iconic collections and people of seasons past, with exclusive footage and behind-the-scenes interviews.
Fashion WeekIt was one of the first collections he showed in Paris. In the late ’90s, wild child Jeremy Scott pushed clichés about French attire to the extreme by outfitting models in bright pink feminine frocks and separates with matching canine companions. Tim Blanks looks back on the amusing collection and how Scott has carried his irreverent aesthetic to Moschino today.
Fashion WeekBack in the day, Tim Blanks often saw Gwen Stefani at John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood shows. Turns out, she was just doing her homework. In the early aughts she launched L.A.M.B.—a rocker-chic clothing line that made the fashion world take notice.
FashionShe’s outspoken, controversial, and utterly unforgettable. Tim Blanks looks back at the career of Naomi Campbell, including an early ’90s interview with the supermodel herself.
Fashion WeekNaomi Campbell, Gisele Bündchen, Natalia Vodianova, Stephanie Seymour. For their Spring 2003 collection, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana whipped up an all-star cast, each and every one of them at their sexy best in the duo’s iconic corsets and man-for-woman tailoring.
Fashion WeekTim Blanks revisits Alexander McQueen’s Fall 1995 show, “Highland Rape,” which introduced the world not only to the designer’s trademark bumster pants, but also to his fierce national pride. The models’ torn garments and bloodied bodies ignited a fury, but this was no endorsement of rape, it was an exploration of Scotland’s turbulent history with England.
Fashion WeekHe cohosted MTV's House of Style and built a namesake brand that drew the likes of Kate Moss, Christian Slater, and RuPaul to its front row. Tim Blanks looks back on a long-lost era of New York fashion with Todd Oldham's Spring 1994 collection, which featured a young Tyra Banks and Oldham's BFF, Cindy Crawford.
FashionAfter the supermodels came the waifs. And no one was willowier than Amber Valletta. Tim Blanks remembers her 1990s golden days and marvels at her successful transition from the runway to the small screen.
FashionAlek Wek was born in the South Sudan, educated in London, and traveled the world for the likes of Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Oscar de la Renta as a top runway model. Tim Blanks reflects on the career of the onetime-refugee-turned-catwalk star, entrepreneur, and activist.
Fashion WeekWith Yves Saint Laurent’s vibrant Fall 1993 collection as a backdrop, Tim Blanks reflects on the master designer’s groundbreaking career, lavish lifestyle, and gorgeous muse Loulou de la Falaise.
FashionShe was part of the anti-supermodels—waiflike beauties who seemed more tangible than the out-of-reach superstars like Naomi, Linda, and Christy. Shalom Harlow represented an elegant and graceful idea of beauty with a face and body that was made for haute couture. Tim Blanks looks back on the career of the Canadian native and her rise to the top.
Fashion WeekIt was one of fashion’s most famous turning points. After seasons of historicism and excess at Christian Dior, John Galliano gave us a comparatively subdued setup (save for the Versailles location) with urban warrior-inspired outfits that looked like something out of The Matrix.
Fashion WeekChristian Lacroix came onto the fashion scene like a thunderbolt in the ’80s. Tim Blanks looks back on Lacroix’s Fall 1992 collection, which proved that elegance and the French coquette were still very much alive.
Fashion WeekUnlike other designers who played with elements of bondage and sex in their collections, Thierry Mugler went all the way at his Spring 1991 show. Tim Blanks looks back at this peak moment in the designer's career.
Fashion WeekMilliner Philip Treacy has established himself as a headwear visionary, crafting exquisite and inventive hats for designers like Alexander McQueen and Valentino and clients ranging from Grace Jones to Sarah Jessica Parker to Lady Gaga. Tim Blanks takes a look at the designer’s Fall 1999 runway show, in which Treacy’s wearable art was the star, with the clothes coming in second.
Fashion WeekShe got by with a little help from her friends. Tim Blanks looks back on Anna Sui’s first collection of the new millennium, which was inspired by a hippie gypsy aesthetic and The Beatles.
Fashion WeekFrench designer Claude Montana defined the '80s with the biggest shoulders of the decade. And while his rock star looks were definitive of the era, his label didn’t endure the changing times. Tim Blanks remembers Montana’s Spring 1992 collection.
Fashion WeekThe Louisiana-born Geoffrey Beene designed for the woman he grew up with: idealized, idolized, and put up on a pedestal. Tim Blanks remembers the great American designer’s Fall 1992 collection, which featured the southern gentleman’s effortlessly timeless pieces with fabrics and silhouettes that were radically ahead of its time.