The Spice Girls are back (and better than ever? The Olympics will probably prove otherwise, but no one will hold it against them). Time has taken a cruel toll on Spice World, the swinging 1990s pop-style haven where Buffalo platforms, glitzy minidresses and leopard everything constituted the expected dress code. But what a fabulous place it was while it lasted: what 12-year-old girl (or, let's be honest, drag performer) didn't imagine aping Baby Spice's pigtails, Posh's leer, Scary's brazen exploration of prints, Sporty's spunkiness or Ginger's Union Jack dress?
Taste levels aside, the Spice Girls made pop an exciting place to be between 1995 and 1998 – and for many girls, the idea of five young women taking on the world in a spaceship while chanting about girl power and zig-a-zig-ah was amazing, make no mistake. Looking back, none of it was sophisticated or styled to bland perfection, but that's partly what makes the Spice women so much more fiercely loved than most of the engineered pop starlets who followed in their wake. They were real girls who lived, breathed and sold fantasy to us, who told us it could be ours, too. For just the right amount of time, it was.