A Cindy Crawford Flashback Proves How Bad ’90s Lo-Fi Fashion Was

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Model Cindy Crawford attends the Ninth Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, 1992 at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

In Cindy Crawford’s famous saying, “Black tie is the norm for most awards shows, but at the MTV Awards, black tie is taken a little more creatively.” It was 1992 and the model was loaded with open-access red carpet interviews to discuss all the fashion of the early 90s. She was famously dressed in a present-day Versace gown Miss SM collection (Dua Lipa will wear the same dress to the 2022 Grammy Awards).

His interviewees, however, were a little more relaxed, a reflection of the sartorial era. There was no social media, influencers and endorsements. Just a pure style that was often bought straight off the rack. Crawford shared a throwback video from the anniversary of the VMAs — officially known as the MTV Awards — via social media overnight and it’s a blast from the past.

The model first spoke with the infamous and rebellious Mark Whalberg. The actor, who was 21 at the time, wore Timberland boots, Gap jeans, a Michigan State sweatshirt, “because I have the M. So in case anyone knows who I am, I am the Mr.” When choosing what to wear, he threw on “what was clean.”

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Singer Mark Wahlberg attends the Ninth Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, 1992 at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA in Westwood, California.

Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, proved that thrift stores were popular long before Depop. “I bought this at a thrift store in London, England,” the musician said, referring to his double-breasted waistcoat. “Somebody gave them to me last night at the show,” grabbing his knee-length shorts and the combat boots he’s been wearing “for about eight years, because they’re Gary Allen specials.”

Anthony Kiedies at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

The “House of Style” segment continued with an interview with fellow American model and actress, Stephanie Seymour. She wore the midi iteration of the little black dress, a Giorgio Sant’ Angelo ensemble she bought “off the rack” the morning before the red carpet.

Stephanie Seymour (center) and Axl Rose (right) (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Other stars included Debi Mazar, Duff McKagan (wearing Versace he bought himself), Jade Starling, Chris Robinson, Flavor Flav, Tori Spelling, Shannen Doherty and the band En Vogue.

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