Little Red Riding Vogue: Feeling “Clueless”


Anyone that knows me knows that it has been my lifelong dream to be Cher from the 90s classic “Clueless”. She was beautiful, popular, and above all fashionable. Every decade has its own style and people will almost always regret the fashion choices they made as a teenager—I know I do. Naturally, plenty of people look back on the 90s with dread. I, however, happily embrace its wild fashion.

The 90s was the decade to get away with anything fashion-wise. If it was crazy and unique, it was suddenly a trend. I fell in love with the fuzzy crop tops, plaid mini skirts, and glittery everything of the 90s. It was the only decade where you could go out dressed up like a Spice Girl or Zenon Girl of the 21st Century and get compliments.

So you have to imagine my delight when one of my favorite rappers decided to make a music video entirely based on “Clueless”. If you aren’t familiar with Iggy Azalea, she’s a fearless young recording artist with a fashion sense that absolutely pulls from the 80s and 90s. Her music videos are vivid and colorful and her songs are catchy enough to send you to the dance floor. And the most charming thing about her? As loud and outspoken as she is as a performer, in interviews she’s just a shy, quiet Aussie with a big smile. She’s only 23 so it’s no surprise she’s a fan of “Clueless”. Still, the results were even better than expected.

The song, “Fancy”, had Iggy Azalea partnering with fellow recording artist Charli XCX who played the Tai to Iggy’s Cher. The video featured many of Cher’s classic outfits (as well as some improvised ones—all clothes she would approve of though). The most prominent of course was the unforgettable yellow plaid ensemble that introduced Cher as a 90s icon. Iggy Azalea picked it out like any modern Cher would—by viewing her closet on her smart tablet.

If I had to pick a favorite piece, it would be a pink Chanel polo that Iggy Azalea wears during a lunch scene with her respective Tai and Dionne. Also I couldn’t help but notice all of the pieces from one of my favorite stores: UNIF—most notably a smiley face backpack with three eyes shaped like sixes. Ah, UNIF.

And, of course, I can’t pass up covering the classic Dionne hat. If you remember Cher’s yellow plaid getup, you have to remember Dionne’s similar black plaid outfit, accessorized with a great hat, since you’ll rarely find Dionne without some fabulous headgear.

If you’re like me and you’re always looking to get your fix of “Clueless” (beyond religiously re-watching the movie), another thing to check out is Wildfox Couture’s old SS13 lookbook, which, like Iggy Azalea’s music video, was entirely inspired by “Clueless”. If the outfits and famous poses didn’t give it away, their Tai’s Marvin the Martian covered notebook certainly did. Personally, my favorite finishing touch to the photo-shoot was the retro phones as props. Nothing says “Clueless” like a huge black flip-phone.