For decades, music producers and managers have assembled talent in hopes of taking the pop-music charts by storm, but rarely has any group been as successful as the Spice Girls. Victoria Adams (née Beckham), Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, and Geri Halliwell (née Horner) 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 (Halliwell).
It was a winning formula, so much so that the Spice Girls are the best-selling all-female group in history and one of the best-selling 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 represent the first time we 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 with a recent photo posted by Beckham of the group back together again for lunch at Horner’s home, which lit up the internet with rumors of a reunion – and got us thinking of future Spice Girl wardrobe possibilities. If you recall, one of the Spice Girls’ biggest draws was their 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 became instantly iconic and mimicked the world over, 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. If the Spice Girls were ever to get back together – a rumor that was quickly shot down by Beckham – these are the looks we would pull for their tour wardrobe, courtesy of the Spring/Summer 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 upgraded the prints with more sophisticated silhouettes, but still honored her penchant for campy, fetishistic fashion with a head-to-toe look by Versace. Oh, and for some real thrills, we threw in a look inspired by Stephen King’s horror novel Carrie that Calvin Klein did for Spring/Summer 2018.
Helming a legitimate fashion empire, Victoria Beckham has come a long way since her Posh Spice days – and the evolution of her style speaks volumes of her journey. She currently favors relaxed suits over the body-conscious minidresses of the late ‘90s and early aughts. We honored the old Posh with a sophisticated look by Tom Ford, honing in on her new aesthetic with polished suiting.
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 styles that streetwear brands are doing today. Like the “It” girls of today, we see Sporty Spice in modern versions of tracksuits, bodysuits, and other athleisure staples.
As her name might suggest, Ginger Spice always sported outfits that were either entirely red or boldly featured the hue. We’d love to see her revisit her signature color, but with modern touches (think: asymmetrical necklines, fit-and-flare silhouettes, and flamenco ruffles) this time. 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.