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Every time I go to visit my mom, I try to grab a few of my possessions. I'm 37, I think it's crazy I still have sorority composite photos and high school text books at her house. So I go and either tell her something can be donated, or I take it home. On my last visit, I found this:
Near-perfect condition, stuck between two college text books in a bookcase. This did NOT get donated, I totally plan to stow it away somewhere and give it to Emerson when she's 18. It would be so entertaining then… but it's even darn entertaining now.
August 1998, I had finished college and was working as an Assistant Manager at Express. My father had passed away earlier that year, and I was living in a spacious yet sketchy apartment with my sister. My haircut was “The Rachel,” 75% of my wardrobe was plum (the rest was black), and one of my favorite lipsticks was Revlon's “Toast of New York” and some brownish-plum shade from L'Oreal.
From these pages of Allure, it looks as though I was very on trend. I didn't even realize at the time how… dark makeup was at that time.
Look how young Catherine Zeta-Jones looks! I remember reading this article on her, finding her so pretty and unique looking it made me want to go see The Mask of Zorro (a movie I still love – just caught it on cable the other week!).
I had a black pair of slides like this and felt they were very chic and “timeless.” They seemed the perfect shoe for menswear-inspired trousers. And speaking of which:
Wow look at all those celebrity couples who are still going strong…
1998 fashion – tips on stylish cargo pants (and who else had a faux fur bag a la Gucci?).
Still one of my favorite parts of Allure magazine – asking celebs the same question. I love the combo of celebrities – such a snapshot of that year!
Check out all that brown lipstick! And Elizabeth Berkley's dress? I wore a similar one to a sorority formal a year or so prior. Have to say it's not one of the pieces I am storing in my attic for the future…
Though Stephanie Seymour, the former Axl Rose Arm Candy was on the cover, Lara Flynn Boyle was the feature interview in this issue. Remember when she was the It Girl of the red carpets?
Oh Amanda Woodward, you had such covetable hair.
This ad is more awesome when you realize Christy Turlington is again a spokesmodel for Maybelline.
The biggest shocker to me were all the cigarette ads in Allure – there had to be a good dozen of them. You never see that these days!
Do you remember 1998 beauty and fashion? And how do you think we'll look back at 2012 fashion and cosmetic trends come 2026?