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Throwback Thursdays with Tim Blanks

2 seasons, 51 episodes editor at large Tim Blanks has been an eye witness to fashion's most memorable moments. Now the former Fashion File host revisits the iconic collections and people of seasons past, with exclusive footage and behind-the-scenes interviews.

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Season 1

Fashion Shows Series Trailer editor at large and former Fashion File host Tim Blanks revisits the greatest runway moments, including behind-the-scenes looks and interviews with iconic designers and models.
Fashion Shows Channing Tatum’s First Runway Show in Milan Before he was Magic Mike, Channing Tatum was a model. In the early aughts Tim Blanks caught up with the then-21-year-old at his first runway show in Milan to talk about his crush on Kate Moss, why he wouldn’t last as a model, and his acting ambitions.
Fashion Industry Tom Ford’s Gucci Sex Bomb During the nineties Tom Ford revitalized Gucci, making the Italian fashion house synonymous with hedonism, sex, and sin. In this archival interview, the former creative director explains how working with nothing to lose helped him create the brand's powerfully seductive image.
Fashion Shows Alexander McQueen’s Golden Shower Collection Tim Blanks reflects on Alexander McQueen’s Spring 1998 show, The Golden Shower. The designer was famous for his runway spectacles, but this one in particular lingers with our Editor-at-Large, not because it featured a rookie model by the name of Gisele Bündchen, but because of its extraordinary emotional resonance. "It's proof that he was a magician."
Fashion Shows Madonna Hits the Runway at Jean Paul Gaultier He gave her a look. She gave him a profile. Ever since the cone bra bustier the designer made for her Blond Ambition tour, Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. Take for instance, Madge’s memorable walk down JPG’s Spring 1995 runway, complete with puppy dog and baby carriage.
Fashion Shows Karl Lagerfeld Takes Chanel Supermodels to the Beach Claudia Schiffer. Helena Christensen. Linda Evangelista. The supermodel phenomenon was going full tilt at the Spring 1991 collections, and naturally, Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld was at the center of it all.
Fashion Shows Linda, Christy, Cindy, and Naomi Sing “Freedom! '90” at Versace “I won’t let you down, I will not give you up. Gotta have some faith in the sound.” Gianni Versace sent Linda, Christy, Naomi, and Cindy down his Fall 1991 catwalk lip-synching George Michael’s “Freedom! ‘90” all the way. When people say they miss the supermodels, this show is what they’re talking about.
Fashion Shows John Galliano's Fashion Opera for Dior Couture When you look up “fashion show” in the dictionary, this is the show that should be there. Using the grand Palais Garnier opera house in Paris as the backdrop, John Galliano staged a vivid spectacle for the Spring/Summer 1998 Dior haute couture collection. With archival footage and interviews from Galliano and the likes of Diana Ross and Dominick Dunne, Tim Blanks reflects on the opulent sensory overload that’s on the record as his favorite fashion show—ever.
Fashion Shows Calvin Klein’s Nineties Seduction with Kate Moss and Mark Wahlberg In the early Nineties, Calvin Klein seduced us all and forever changed the way we felt about basics. With salacious ad campaigns and TV commercials—featuring a topless Marky Mark and Kate Moss—not to mention strong collections like the Spring 1994 show seen here, Klein helped usher in a golden era of American fashion.
Fashion Shows The Evolution of Masculinity: Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme He was the quintessential designer as rock star. At Dior Homme, Hedi Slimane developed a cult following for his collections, none more so than his Fall/Winter 2003 show. As the visionary force continues to make waves as the current creative director at Saint Laurent, Tim Blanks muses over his career-defining collection, including a special interview with audience member and Slimane super fan, Elton John.
Fashion Shows Yohji Yamamoto’s Transformative Wedding Collection The invitation was to a wedding, but Yohji Yamamoto's Spring 1999 collection was bridal as bridal had never been before. "Behind the wedding dress, there must be many stories," Yamamoto said, and as the ones he showed told theirs, literally changing before the audience's eyes, many in the front row dissolved into tears. Tim Blanks revisits one of the most enchanting fashion shows ever, a career high from a modern master.
Celebrity Style Audrey Hepburn Honors Friend Hubert de Givenchy at His Career Retrospective In 1991 the fashion world gathered at the Palais Galliera in Paris to celebrate Hubert de Givenchy and his work. The retrospective showcased 40 years of the master couturier's iconic designs, many of which were worn by his longtime friend and client Audrey Hepburn, whose presence at the opening dazzled every last person in the room.
Fashion Shows A Rare Interview with Miuccia Prada at the Fall 1997 Miu Miu Show “Miu Miu is what I’d like to be.” Miuccia Prada launched her contemporary line in the early Nineties with the idea of designing clothes that were freer and more eccentric than those from her family’s namesake company. Tim Blanks revisits Miu Miu’s Fall/Winter 1997 show in London, where he interviewed the venerable fashion force on her glamorous collection.
Fashion Industry Claudia Schiffer: Chanel Muse, Guess Girl, and All-Time Iconic Blonde There was sexy Cindy and brainy Christy, but only one was known as the blonde. In this episode of #TBT, a 19-year-old Claudia Schiffer explains how she fell into modeling and went from being the Guess Girl to the face of Chanel as Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite muse.
Fashion Industry Alexander McQueen’s Joan of Arc-Inspired Collection Alexander McQueen often looked to strong women as inspiration and his Fall 1998 show was no different. In this episode of #TBT, which features an interview with McQueen, Tim Blanks looks back on the thrilling and frightening show that epitomized the designer’s passion for pushing boundaries and culminated with Erin O’Connor surrounded by a ring of fire.
Fashion Shows Stella McCartney’s Debut Collection for Chloé With a show that starred Naomi and Kate, and a front row that included half of The Beatles, it’s no surprise that Stella McCartney, then only 25 years old, made a big splash at her debut collection for Chloé. Tim Blanks looks back on the moment that transformed Stella from Paul McCartney's daughter to a talented designer in her own right.
Fashion Shows Ralph Lauren’s American Woman It was all about simplicity, painted with pops of color. Ralph Lauren’s final of the 20th century channeled the designer’s classic American sportswear. In this episode, Tim Blanks catches up with those who were there, including Tyson Beckford, Joan Juliet Buck, and Lauren himself.
Fashion Shows Vivienne Westwood’s First Paris Show Not many designers can claim to have influenced most, if not all, of their contemporaries. British visionary Vivienne Westwood is the rare exception. For proof, look no further than the front row at her first-ever Paris show for Fall 1991.
Fashion Shows Helmut Lang: The Last Show At the time there were no whispers of it being his final collection, but Helmut Lang's Spring 2005 show proved to be his last for the brand that bears his name. Tim Blanks looks back on Lang's still-influential swan song.
Fashion Industry Linda Evangelista: The Fashion Chameleon It was the supermodel moment heard around the world: “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day,” Linda Evangelista once joked. In this episode of Throwback Thursdays, Tim Blanks explains why the fashion chameleon and one-third of the Holy Trinity was—and still is—his all-time favorite supermodel.
Fashion Shows Thierry Mugler’s 20th Anniversary Bash Jerry Hall. Claudia Schiffer. Tippi Hedren. Julie Newmar. For his 20th anniversary collection, Thierry Mugler put on an unforgettable show featuring a host of leading ladies from different eras. Tim Blanks takes a look back at the fashion spectacular, which culminated in a special performance by the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown.
Fashion Shows Michael Kors’ All-American Cowboy Collection Classic silhouettes and luxurious staples have long been Michael Kors' M.O. The enduring designer gets the Throwback Thursday treatment in this episode, with Tim Blanks reminiscing about Kors' cowboy-inspired Fall 1999 show, which paid homage to his red-white-and-blue roots. Kors himself summed it up best: “I’m a real American boy.”
Fashion Shows Coco's Chanel and Karl's Chanel: The Evolution of a Fashion House Just how does a German designer of a certain age remake a French label as storied as Chanel? More than 30 years after taking over the house that Coco built, Karl Lagerfeld "bestrides the world like a fashion colossus," says Tim Blanks, thanks to a potent mix of respect and iconoclasm.
Fashion Shows Gianni Versace’s Fall 1992 "Miss S&M" Show It was incredibly bold—and aggressively sexual. Gianni Versace’s Fall 1992 show might have looked like a fetishist’s dream—Versace himself called it "Miss S&M"—but it was as intellectually stimulating as it was physically provocative. Tim Blanks explores the collection's deeper meanings.
Fashion Shows John Galliano’s Dior Haute Couture Wedding How do you feel about psychiatry in an haute couture context? Tim Blanks looks back on the "visual orgy" of the very Freudian wedding John Galliano created for Dior's Fall 2000 Haute Couture show.
Fashion Industry Christy Turlington: The Purest Beauty She could be the Calvin Klein girl or the Versace girl. But above all, she was a model’s model. Tim Blanks looks back on the indefinable beauty and career of Christy Turlington.
Fashion Shows Valentino’s Grand Beauty Before retiring in 2008, master courtier Valentino Garavani created collections of striking beauty—none more so than his Spring 2001 haute couture show. Tim Blanks reminisces on the designer’s exquisite collection.
Fashion Shows Karl Lagerfeld’s Girls of Summer: Chanel Haute Couture Spring 1993 “It’s technically bisexual.” Kaiser Karl explains the tailoring mash-up behind his Spring 1993 collection for Chanel Haute Couture, which married the tailoring of the fifties with the soft bias cuts of the twenties. Tim Blanks looks back on the show, which featured Cindy Crawford, and in the audience, her then-beau Richard Gere.
Fashion Shows Alexander McQueen’s Spring '99 Show Featuring Shalom Harlow and Aimee Mullins Alexander McQueen’s career had many high points, but his Spring '99 collection proved to be among his most visionary work as a designer. Featuring Aimee Mullins on a pair of custom-designed prosthetic legs and a riveting grand finale with Shalom Harlow, the collection showcased McQueen’s unparalleled talent and unique understanding of beauty.
Fashion Shows Full Runway Show: Alexander McQueen’s Spring 1999 Collection Watch the full runway show of Alexander McQueen’s Spring 1999 collection.
Celebrity Style Inès de La Fressange: Onetime Face of Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld Muse Before the nineties supermodels there was Inès de la Fressange. Tim Blanks looks back on the career of the quintessentially French model who was a longtime muse to Karl Lagerfeld and served as the face of Chanel.
Fashion Industry Michael Kors' Wet, Hot American Summer He created an empire in American fashion during a time when another Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren seemed impossible. So how did Michael Kors go from FIT dropout to Mr. Billionaire? Tim Blanks looks back on the designer's Spring 1999 collection and dissects Kors' talent for creating simple, aspirational, and—most important—wearable clothing.
Fashion Shows Karl Lagerfeld's Hip-Hop-Inspired Fall 1991 Chanel Show Karl Lagerfeld's ability to capture a mood owes great credit to his knack of absorbing all-things in culture. The Kaiser's Fall 1991 show for Chanel featured the of-the-moment mood of the Nineties, with influences of hip-hop and sportswear. Tim Blanks looks back on the collection that showed off a new, edgier side of the storied fashion house.
Fashion Shows Hippies in Fur at Karl Lagerfeld's Fall 1991 Show for Fendi It's Fall 1991 and Fendi's Karl Lagerfeld, as irreverent as ever, is tipping his cap to the 1960s Haight-Ashbury scene. Only his hippies wear fur. Lots of it. Tim Blanks looks back on the super-luxe collection and asks if it was as boho as KL described.
Fashion Shows Alexander McQueen's Spring 1997 La Poupée Collection Inspired by German artist Hans Bellmer, Alexander McQueen's Spring 1997 La Poupée collection was all about fetishization, and featured some of the most outrageous accessories ever seen on a runway. Tim Blanks looks back at a designer who constantly tested the limits—his own, those of his models, and of his audience.
Celebrity Style Helena Christensen: From Miss Denmark to the Queen of the Catwalk "Nobody looks as good as she looks," Karl Lagerfeld once said of the gorgeous Helena Christensen. Danish and Peruvian roots gave the model an exotic quality that catapulted her career, taking her from the Miss Universe pageant to the Paris catwalks to the sexiest video of all time, Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game."
Fashion Shows Karl Does Calvin at Chanel Karl Lagerfeld went full Calvin Klein at Chanel's Spring 1993 show, featuring "lots of visible underpants and waistband action." Tim Blanks looks back on the collection and its "fresh, sexual energy."
Fashion Shows Marc Jacobs on the Verge of Global Superstardom Before he was Marc Jacobs: The Empire, he was Marc Jacobs: The successful NY-based designer poised to take over the creative reins at Louis Vuitton. Tim Blanks takes a look at Jacobs' feminine Spring 1998 collection, when his career was in transition from top American designer to the creative director of a Parisian fashion house.