Sure, tradition states that we celebrate anniversaries on the fives, but we’d be remiss to let our sweet 16 slip by with nary a mention. Suckers for nostalgia that we are, the staff was stoked to dig through our archives—and our parents’ basements—to re-create the ultimate nylon reader’s bedroom circa 1999. We obviously had to ask Rachel Trachtenburg of the Prettiots (and formerly Supercute!) to model. Back when the mag was kicking off, she was the six-year-old drummer playing alongside her folks in the Trachtenburg family slideshow players, touring the country—and hitting estate sales for the vintage slides that inspired their songs. Needless to say, she’s got an enviable collection of ephemera from the ’80s, ’90s, and early aughts, and had plenty to donate to our cause, including X-Files action figures still in the box! Click through the gallery to see what the NYLON girl's bedroom would contain in '99.
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Rachel Trachtenburg is actually the coolest...
When social media buzzed “Who’s
Beck?” after the veteran singersongwriter
took home his first Grammy
in 15 years this past February, our
1999 NYLON reader just chuckled,
unzipped her Case Logic, and loaded
up her Walkman with Midnite
Vultures, followed by Fiona Apple’s
When the Pawn..., The Donnas’
Get Skintight, Destiny’s Child’s The
Writing’s on the Wall, and, of course,
Britney Spears’s …Baby One More Time.
Oh, butterfly clips, how we’ve missed
you! You never failed to keep our
growing-out bangs in check. Just one
spritz of CK One brought back scent
memories of those swoony Kate Mossstarring
black-and-white ads for this
clean, (supposedly) unisex fragrance.
Surprise! It’s still totally buyable. Where
did that iBook go? We’re also happy to
report that the floral goodness of Tommy
Girl is still available. Sadly, we soon
won’t be able to say the same about
Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. After nearly
a 90-year run, the company famous
for fruity (and Dr. Pepper-y) lip balm is
shutting down operations. Get thee to
your closest drug store to stock up. Stat!
Snacks were currency in
1999, the deregulated sugary
concoctions made into
amorphous shapes in unholy
colors and traded in cafeterias.
Everything oozed and had a
flavor slogan. Boom. Splat.
The food pyramid of snack
time had only three categories:
soda, Rice Krispies Treats
cereal, and fruit snacks, with
Surge and Gushers being
passed from backpack to
backpack like kiddie crack.
In all honesty, the peanut
butter M&Ms and Gummy
Bears were on set for shoot-day
sustenance, but they brought
back strong ‘90s memories
as well, so they can stay.
The NYLON girl’s bedroom in 1999 was no doubt a sacred,
cozy space stocked with flower pillows from Delia*s.
On the walls: posters for the Paul Feig-Judd Apatow
TV masterpiece Freaks and Geeks and Jawbreaker,
the 1999 dark comedy that cemented Rose McGowan’s
status as It Girl for Life. We debated (for an embarrassingly
long time) about whether our associate features director’s
lava lamp would create visual confusion, seeing as how
its re-emergence in the late ’90s was technically born
of nostalgia for an earlier era, but in the end, it just
looked so cool that we couldn’t not include it.
Who would emerge victorious in
a battle between Buffy the Vampire
Slayer, Harry Potter, The Spice
Girls, and Furby? Our bet is that
Furbs would be on the first Razor
scooter out of there, leaving Buffy,
Baby, Posh, Sporty, Scary, and
Ginger to teach Harry a thing
or two about girl power.
Trying to get our vintage
“clamshell” iBook open, let
alone fired up and connected
to the Internet, was a
laughable scene straight out
of Zoolander—namely, the
part when the dueling male
models try to find files “in
the computer”—which itself
was a hilarious 2001: A Space Odyssey spoof. (We blame
the Melissa virus and Y2K
bug.) Too bad we weren’t
able to capture the moment
on our art director’s iZone
camera. The Baby-G watch
just needed a new battery,
though, and remembering
the combos on Super
Smash Bros. was like
riding a Razor scooter.