For decades, music producers and managers have assembled talent in hopes of taking the charts by storm, but rarely has any group been as successful as the Spice Girls. Victoria Beckham (née Adams), Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, and Geri Horner (née Halliwell) were first assembled into a band – originally named Touch – in 1994. Eventually, they became the Spice Girls, with monikers representing their looks and personalities: Scary Spice (Brown), Sporty Spice (Chisholm), Baby Spice (Bunton), Posh Spice (Beckham), and Ginger Spice (Horner).
It was a winning formula, so much so that the Spice Girls is the best-selling girl group in history and one of the most successful pop groups in the entire world – to this day. When was the first time you heeded the call of “girl power”? For many, the Spice Girls represents the first time they were exposed to powerful female representation in pop music and the concept of sisterhood, which placed more importance on female friendships than snagging a partner. Their cultural significance assured a long legacy, which is why the group – although long defunct – still has legions of fans around the world.
Those fans were set aflame earlier this year when Beckham posted a photo of the group hanging out for lunch at Horner’s home, which lit up the internet with rumors of a reunion. It turns out that the women are coming together once more for a reunion tour, but, unfortunately, will perform without the help of Posh Spice, who graciously wished the group well on Instagram.
The announcement got us thinking of future Spice Girl wardrobe possibilities. If you recall, one of the band’s biggest draws was its unique sartorial statements made with tight-fitting clothes, outrageous platform heels, and garish accessories. For better or worse, nearly all of the outfits they wore during their heyday were mimicked worldwide, from Ginger Spice’s Union Jack leotard to Scary Spice’s leopard-print jumpsuit. Once upon a time, their over-the-top ensembles made them style icons, but today, those same ensembles hardly do justice to their beauty, physiques, or maturity levels.
When it comes to fashion, it’s fun to project onto women who present ideal and iconic personality archetypes, which is why we’re imagining how we’d dress them if we were tasked with costume design for the upcoming reunion tour. In our Spice Girls fantasy, it’s not enough to just stick them in the same tat they used to wear – instead, we’re elevating their looks to the high-fashion level we think they deserve, with ensembles plucked straight from the Fall/Winter 2018 catwalks.
Scary Spice – so named for her bold, in-your-face personality – was always kitted out in big cat prints, as if to signal her animal magnetism. This time around, we’ve upgraded the prints with more sophisticated silhouettes, but still honored her penchant for campy, fetishistic fashion with a head-to-toe look by Versace and sharply tailored co-ords by Gareth Pugh.
Baby Spice wore the requisite babydoll dresses and pigtails of the era, but her look also centered on frills, ruffles, and pastels. We’ve updated her wardrobe for the modern day with sparkly, grown-up dresses that offer just a hint of twee style.
As the athleisure lover of the group, Sporty Spice was ahead of the curve – at least when it came to fashion. Her sportswear-based looks were similar to the styles that streetwear brands are doing circa now. Like the “It” girls of today, we see Sporty Spice in modern versions of tracksuits, bodysuits, and other athleisure staples.
As her name suggests, Ginger Spice always sported bold outfits that were either partially or entirely red. We’d love to see her revisit her signature color, but with modern touches – think: asymmetrical necklines, fit-and-flare silhouettes, and flamenco ruffles. Furthermore, as the originator of the band’s “girl power” slogan, Ginger would pair well with designers who have a strong feminist outlook, like Prabal Gurung.