Todd Oldham was and remains to be one of my favorite designers of all time. In the mid to late 90s, I used to take many shopping jaunts to his Soho boutique (right next to Anna Sui on Wooster) in NYC. Over the years, I had collected dozens of Todd Oldham trinkets, suits, dresses and shoes (and PERFUME!) Mr. Oldham has a very colorful past that has translated into beautifully, cheerful garments over the years. You can read more about him here. What I loved about Mr. Oldham, is that his savvy thrift store taste revolutionized runway fashion at the time. He co-hosted ‘MTV’s House of Style‘ with Cindy Crawford, which I watched religiously taking away bits of ideas for me to replicate as a teenager on a budget. So, it was much to my delight that my hometown’s art school Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) was hosting a grand installation of Mr. Oldham’s inspiring work of the decades. A few friends took these photos for me to share with you. So many familiar dresses and hair clips! I instantly recognized one that is still hanging in my closet – the lime green jean skirt suit with red rose prints. Also, so many that I foolishly sold to the local resale shop when I moved to the west coast. I may take a trip back to RI this summer, just to see this exhibit (and some old friends, too) and relive the late 90s. The exhibit runs until September 11, 2016 at RISD.
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