During my usual Zara browsing, I have recently noticed that a lot of pieces remind me of what Ann Demeulemeester was doing in the late 1990s. Both collections have that cool-girl-smoking-a-cigarette-in-Paris vibe. The girls have messy hair, nearly bare faces, and the slightly open mouth which is always chic. The boys look like a dirtier version of the random French boys from MK & Ashley's Passport to Paris, AKA my earliest reference to French fashion. I'll always remember the day I found out that Michel was played by Gregory Peck's grandson which consequently changed my entire life. But, I digress.
Here is a casual Amber Valetta sighting. The 1997 Spring RTW collection was held in high regard at its release and clearly still inspires today. The oversized silhouette and minimalist goth concepts have translated seamlessly into modern fashion. This is especially true for Inditex brands like Massimo Dutti and Zara.
This collection was so highly regarded that some of its pieces ended up at The Met, yet they are completely wearable even to this day. You can easily find similar pieces on the home page of Zara's website. It translates so well that I wouldn't be surprised to see someone like Christine Reehorst or Camille Charriere wearing any of these pieces today. See below to shop the look and next time you wear your $60 dress from Zara, just tell them, "Yeah, it's sort of my 90s Ann Demeulemeester vibe."