Get ready to be transported back to the 90’s – the decade may be gone, but it’s anything but forgotten. I’m talking Tamagotchis, The Fresh Prince and the unforgettable dial up internet – yes, I know that beeping sound is going round your head now. Here are some nostalgic notions to unlock the memory bank on, arguably, the best decade in the 20th century;
I certainly have many fond memories growing up in the (later) 90s, and I wish I’d been born earlier so I could have fully enjoyed everything the decade had to offer. Whenever I feel like reminiscing, I look back at my childhood photos and let me tell you, some of my outfits were the bomb-diggity. Don’t get me wrong, there was many a ‘fashion faux pas’ (case and point below (I’m on the right) – what were my parents thinking), but the temptation to get some bits remade in my size is real!
90s fashion, like that of many other decades, is coming back into the limelight and for all the right reasons. We’ve ditched the low rise & skinny jeans, for the flattering and comfy mom jean. The chunky trainers have been reworked by many top fashion brands, such as Balenciaga and Calvin Klein, and the sweater vest has been a staple item in many wardrobe this Autumn/Winter season.
Turning to TV; we all tuned Top Of The Pops on a Friday night and sang (my parents would call mine, “caterwauling”) along with the iconic pop stars of the decade. Top Of The Pops, although it originated in 1964, I’d say peaked in the 90s, as the popularity of the pop artist increased. One of the most iconic moments on the show was when the emblematic Spice Girls stepped on stage, in July of 1996, to give their unforgettable performance of ‘Wannabe’. Even to this day, fans are still obsessed, and one even went so far as to comment, “I’d give an organ to go back in time and be in the audience.”
Spice Fever is still well and truly in the (h)air, and their 90s hairdos are making a strong comeback. Geri’s block colouring may have been questioned at the time, but in 2021, the look came back full circle and is a hot trend on many stylists’ lists today.
Contrasting this, is the crown of curls and coils of Mel B. Her halo of heatless heaven provided a gateway for this incredible hairstyle to become socially accepted and treasured. According to Ebony magazine, “Throughout the 1980s and for much of the 1990s, the Afro was pretty much non-existent. That is until the late 1990s when the Natural Hair movement, as we know it today, was getting underway.”
More and more, curls are being embraced and even specialist curl salons, such as The Curl Clinic, are popping up to help bring out the best in their client’s textured hair (myself included).
For us millennials, we got the best of both works – a combination of the online and offline world and a chance to experience the epic decade that was the 90s. So, now the Nostalgia has well and truly hit home; I won’t tell anyone if you spend the day hunting around your house for your gameboy colour, whack on a bit of the Backstreet Boys and chug a bottle of Sunny D like there’s no tomorrow.
But it doesn’t stop there – Here at Valcato, we have a number of acts which would complete your night of 90s nostalgia!
So if you’re thinking of reliving the good days, then head over to our acts’ social media pages for dates of where you can catch them. Similarly, if you’re a venue owner and looking at putting on a top class event – get in touch and we’d love to help make your dreams become a reality.
Ciao for now, Otti x