Remember him? Todd Oldham's Spring 1994 Show

He 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.

Released on 11/6/2014

Credits

Starring: Tim Blanks
Featuring: Todd Oldham and Cindy Crawford

Music:
"#1 In Heaven," by MNDR
"Sound the Alarm," by Shape of Race Cars
"Let Me Introduce Myself," by Lexicon

Transcript

00:00
In a way I kinda gave up
00:01
and just totally caved into what I wanted to do.
00:03
♫ Oh, you better step away
00:06
♫ Number one in heaven with a bullet
00:10
♫ I'll come for you when I can
00:12
♫ Tell them I'm smiling
00:15
♫ Oh, won't you
00:16
This is Throwback Thursday, and I'm Tim Blanks.
00:18
I'm very happy about today's show, I'm revisiting
00:20
a very happy memory of mine from the early '90s.
00:24
I'd like to introduce you to Todd Oldham.
00:26
In the early '90s,
00:27
he was almost like a Peter Pan figure in New York fashion,
00:30
and with Todd hosting House of Style,
00:32
he took his sensibility to a much, much bigger audience.
00:35
Well, greetings from Paris.
00:37
Bonjour, where you don't have to be French
00:38
to be a designer in Paris.
00:40
His was a very happy, colorful world on the catwalk,
00:43
and it made him a lot of friends and fans.
00:46
The crowds that he attracted to his shows, I mean,
00:49
really the most extraordinary crowds.
00:51
Susan Sarandon, RuPaul, but then,
00:54
right down in the front there, there's Kate Moss,
00:56
a very, very young Kate Moss.
00:58
Rosie O'Donnell and Christian Slater
01:00
are in there somewhere too.
01:01
Cindy Crawford walked for him in his shows,
01:03
so do just about all the supermodels.
01:05
And in the show that we're looking at now,
01:08
there were a lot of very, very familiar faces
01:10
having a very, very good time.
01:11
There's even a baby Tyra Banks on this catwalk.
01:16
Todd went on to pursue a career in interior design.
01:20
There is a sort of home decor look
01:23
to some of his colors and fabrics.
01:26
A very, very imaginative approach
01:28
to clashing colors and patterns
01:31
and using elements of kitsch, pop arts.
01:35
And I didn't really think about boundaries.
01:38
I really just made clothes I wanted to see.
01:40
Another reason why I treasure a show like this
01:42
is because it gives us a glimpse of a New York
01:44
that just doesn't really seem to exist so much anymore.
01:48
As much as American sportswear
01:50
was being presented to the world
01:51
in a very, sort of, Calvin and Ralph way.
01:54
Somebody like Todd was such an antidote to all of that.
01:58
Probably in the end, he burned out
02:00
on just a wave of color and flash and clash,
02:04
and, ultimately,
02:06
people need a palette cleanser.
02:09
But I was perfectly happy to have my palette hopelessly
02:12
polluted by shows like this.
02:13
(upbeat techno music)
02:22
So, that was Todd Oldham's Spring 1994.
02:25
If you were there, do you miss that?
02:27
If you weren't there, do you wish you'd been there?
02:29
Let me know.
02:30
This is Tim Blanks for Throwback Thursdays.
02:32
(upbeat techno music)
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