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Spice Girls: blast from the past

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In this week's Stylist, Geri Halliwell discusses the new Spice Girl musical Viva Forever, which opens next week, transporting us straight back to a time when Cool Britannia ruled and giant platform boots were flying off the shelves. Because really, you couldn't beat the Spice Girls when it came to genius s0-dodgy-it's-brilliant fashion. They were the epitome of nineties glitz and garishness. Come join us in a trip down memory lane (and try not to get dewy-eyed), as we remind you of their very best fashion moments...

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  • Spice Girls: Style Retrospective

    One-time Spice Girl Geri Halliwell launches her Union Jack Collection at Next, nearly 15 years after her original Brit-inspired outfit hit headlines around the world...

  • Spice Girls: Style Retrospective

    This is the real deal in all its glory, back in '97.

    We particularly like the luminous platform boots - but of course, that was a favourite motif among the Spice Girls back in the day...

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    Mel B had a pair (complete with PVC gold suit and perpetual midriff flash).

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    And Emma Bunton - aka Baby Spice - had a soft spot for platforms too. Not to mention the very jazzy leather trousers.

  • Spice Girls: Style Retrospective

    Mel C, on the other hand, was a signed-up member of the tracksuit club.

    Remember when Adidas and Reebok were the thing to wear? Sporty Spice was at the head of that particular fashion pack...

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    As for Posh Spice, well, she liked her sultry boob tubes and skin-tight tailoring, which she could dress up as required with her trademark open-mouthed wink.

  • Spice Girls: Style Retrospective

    When Geri wasn't on stage she could be found sporting eye-catching onesies in various lurid shades.

    It's a whole new interpretation of plane wear.

  • Spice Girls: Style Retrospective

    Mel B/Scary Spice also like her all-in-ones - but she gave a wild twist to her's, with the leopard print theme.

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    Meanwhile, Mel C continued down the tracksuit route, spicing things up with a glimpse of her abs.

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    Emma B didn't always deliver on the shocking fashion front; but that wasn't a problem when Geri was around.

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    Victoria worked her love of mini-tops and midriffs into a natty suit...

  • Spice Girls: Style Retrospective

    When put side-by-side, the Spice Girls were a true fashion force to contend with.

  • Spice Girls: Style Retrospective

    No-one could quite match their unique sense of style and commercialism.

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  • Spice Girls: Style Retrospective

    They were, quite simply, a fashion love story all of their own.

    Long may their style be revered...