For all you children of the '90s who secretly long for the return to the golden age of MTV (after the too-cool-for-school silver age of the '80s), where Eric Nies hosted The Grind, The Real World really was the real world, and everyone wanted to be Angela Chase on My So-Called Life, get ready for some good news: House of Style is back.
Originally debuting in 1989, the fashion-based show came of age amid the supermodel craze of the early '90s and was hosted by the supermodel-of-supermodels: Cindy Crawford. The show's six-year run also included a variety of other hosts after Crawford left the show—from Shalom Harlow to Molly Sims and Rebecca Romijn.
Now, MTV has partnered with Teen Vogue magazine (hello, target audience) to revive the cult fashion show, and has enlisted model Bar Rafaeli (a.k.a. Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend and Sports Illustrated's swimsuit cover model) as a host and model Chanel Iman as a special correspondent. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Iman demonstrated some ... well ... lack of proficiency with her predecessors. When asked who was on the show, Iman replied: "There's Cindy, and... I forgot the other girls' names! But I know there's more. Cindy was the only one I found on YouTube when I did my research."
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Research on Youtube? Sigh. Oh how the times have changed.
The first episode (which aired this weekend and continues to play on MTV all week) features a great D.I.Y. segment with Teen Vogue editor Mary Kate Steinmiller, along with her BFF Charlotte Ronson, on how to make friendship bracelets (so '90s!), as well as a backstage interview with Justin Timberlake at this William Rast show.
A little red flag for Iman's modeling fans, however, her interview certainly makes it sound like she's putting the brakes on her modeling career for a while and trying to branch out ...