House Of Style: Episode 22

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Bald model Eve Salvail in 1993.
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Season: 5 Episode: 22

Title: Swimsuit Edition

Original Airdate: 5/12/93

Appearances: Eve Salvail, Todd Oldham

RISE OF THE MODELS, THE NEXT GENERATION: EVE SALVAIL

If you’re unfamiliar with the name Eve Salvail, then perhaps you’ll remember her as that one model with the dragon tattoo on her shaved head. (The original girl with a dragon tattoo, so to speak.) Eve was living in a tiny, rural town in Mantane, Quebec when she was discovered at age 18 and brought into the high-fashion scene by Jean Paul Gaultier. In this segment, Eve plays up her goth appeal in a giant, white, poet blouse and countless candles, and speaks in French or heavily-accented English about her passion for art: “Instead of killing people, I draw.” Cool. She obviously enjoys her macabre appearance, often treating coats and cardigans like capes on the runway. Gaultier admires the duality of her beauty, describing it as a mix of romantic and violent, and there is definitely something arresting about Eve’s bald head atop a bright Chanel suit, just as it is transfixing to watch her features soften when she’s wearing the oversized, menswear-inspired fashions of the early ’90s. It’s this unique quality that makes Eve fantastic for music videos and stylized movies. As such, you’ll find her brandishing her teeth frequently as a Nosferatu-ish vampire in the video for Lenny Kravitz’s “Is There Any Love In Your Heart,” and bit parts in The Fifth Element and Zoolander. Eve had been growing her hair out to a platinum buzzcut for several years following her retirement from modeling, but she returned to the runway—complete with a shaved head and exposed tattoo—for Jean Paul Gaultier’s 2011/2012 Couture show, and for his Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Ready-To-Wear collection.

+ WATCH EVE SALVAIL

Eve Salvail | ‘House of Style’ Collection On MTV Style

DEMYSTIFYING FASHION: HOW TO PICK A SWIMSUIT

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Designer and 'House of Style' correspondent Todd Oldham gives swimsuit pointers at an 'ELLE' magazine photo shoot in 1993.
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At Liberace’s house (LOL), Todd Oldham styles a swimsuit shoot for ELLEmagazine, and while the editorial features, lean, leggy ladies with outrageous, brightly-colored wigs, Todd takes the time to advise us regular girls on how to buy a flattering swimsuit. He also shares little styling tricks for taking better photos, like taping girls’ boobs together and clamping suits in for a tighter fit; his demeanor on-set is just as casual and personable as in his thrifting segments. Todd highlights the difference between a fashion shoot and real life while picking out details like halter straps for a bustier girl, or selecting a high-cut leg to elongate and slenderize the thigh. He even gets silly remarking on whether or not he accidentally spat onto the camera lens, and humanizes models by drawing attention to foam cutlets that pad their physiques. One model mentions how much she dislikes her back, due to a birth mark which Todd promptly calls shapely and cute. Todd informs us that having to try on 30-40 suits before finding the right one is absolutely normal; that we should be patient and kind to ourselves; and that it’s a hot attitude that makes one look fierce in a swimsuit. It’s another PSA with a light touch, courtesy of the wonderful Todd Oldham.

WATCH TODD OLDHAM'S SWIMSUIT SHOOT

Todd Oldham's Swimsuit Shoot | ‘House of Style’ Collection On MTV Style

STREET STYLE: COOLEST SHOES OF THE SUMMER

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Puma Clydes (as popularized by the Beastie Boys) were one of the coolest shoes for summer in 1993.
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What’s in for the summer of ’93? Everything from gingham kitten-heel mules to platform sneakers. There’s a huge emphasis on Puma Clydes (as popularized by the Beastie Boys, as well as student platform clog heels that are very much back in style over 20 years later.

WATCH SUMMER SHOES

Summer Shoes | ‘House of Style’ Collection On MTV Style

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