Victoria Adams of The Spice Girls gets ready to go out with sorority girls in 1998.
Season: 10 Episode: 65
Title: Ready, Set, Go Out
Original Airdate: 9/15/98
Appearances: Victoria Adams (The Spice Girls), James King
MUSIC AND FASHION: POSH SPICE GETS READY FOR A NIGHT OUT WITH SORORITY GIRLS
Way back when Victoria Beckham was still Victoria Adams, a.k.a. Posh Spice, House of Style sent the fanciest Spice Girl to extol the virtues of Girl Power to the ladies of Alpha Chi Omega at Cal State, Fullerton. She wears a simple black mini dress, strappy wedges and, well, Kate Gosselin hair. Posh follows the girls around their bedrooms gossiping about boys, makeup and clothes they like to wear when they go out (on this particular night the ladies are going to Club Status, since it’s Thursday). It’s odd but I almost get the feeling that they’re not aware of how famous she is.
At one point there are a half dozen girls crammed in front of a bathroom mirror and Victoria is personable and sweet. The sorority girls love bebe, Guess and all wear black pants of varying length (pedal pushers make an appearance) and though they’re all polite, they treat Posh like an alien when she mentions that her shoes are Dolce & Gabbana. They can’t understand her at all and explain that they can’t recognize the Italian label because of her British accent.
MUSIC AND FASHION: JAMES KING GETS READY WITH A BUNCH OF RAVERS
James King gets ready to go out with ravers in 1998.
This is another segment that chronicles the thrill of getting ready for a night out and how three different subculture’s rituals vary depending on the music they listen to. We’re in NY and meet a bunch of swingers, salsa dancers and ravers. If Cindy was accessible and professional, James is cool and laid-back. She’s immediately accepted into the inner sanctum while sitting in these wildly divergent homes and genuinely appreciates what’s sartorially significant for each group.
She talks Manic Panic, making your own pants (I could write a manifesto on JNCOs, Kikwear, Auras, UFOs et. al.), Zoot Suits, and how all these considerations take movement and dancing into account. They go to The Supper Club (defunct), The Copacabana (word to Barry Manilow) and Mekka (defunct). We couldn’t clear the footage due to one million notes of unidentifiable music that we couldn’t license but if you go watch that classic GAP commercial where everyone swingdanced and do liquid with your hands whilst sucking on a pacifier attached to a candy necklace and dance the pachanga you’ll be pretty close to the vibe. Or you can just look at our gallery.