Kim Russell, popularly known as The Combino, is quickly becoming the internet’s favorite digital fashion archive. The 26-year-old federation is a never-ending selection of popular moments from recent fashion history, perfectly paired with her own intriguing analysis.
For a photo of Sarah Jessica Parker in an episode of Sex and the City, she captioned it: “Spring 2001 in horse pants and a long dirty blonde [ponytail].
Her references range from Mariah Carey’s early red carpet to the Galtier Spring 1994 dress that Emma Watson loved at the age of thirteen. Russell has more than 121,000 followers on Instagram, including Marc Jacobs and Bella Hadid.
It’s a testament to his ability (not just a birthday wish from Kim Kardashian, a longtime supporter of Russell’s work). With his relatable humor and intelligent approach, Russell’s influence only grows. In honor of Black History Month, she relives one of her favorite moments in Vogue fashion history.
Tracee Ellis Ross and Diana Ross for Thierry Muggler, Spring 1992
This show is one of the most beautiful moments between mother and daughter on the runway and never disappoints. This was a major moment for Tracee Alice Ross in her style and fashion. Diana Ross had such a wide reach and influence on designers and the fashion industry. It was a treat for Tracy’s mom to walk her down the runway for a salty stroll. This is definitely a relationship I stand for.
Serena Williams in a denim skirt at the 2004 US Open
I was almost nine years old when the match was broadcast, and since then it has not left my mind. Who won the tennis match in a denim skirt and sneakers? Serena is such a performer, and the fact is that she has brought fashion to tennis in a way that no one else has been able to do successfully.
Luther Vandross at the Opera magazine party, 2000
When I saw Luther’s “Nigel Sartorial” post at that moment, I almost jumped out of my seat. It doesn’t seem like much for men of this generation, but it certainly was. We’ve never seen Tom Ford’s Gucci menswear on the models, so it was all about seeing the black man in this lush silk shirt and dragon pants.
Janet Jackson in Customs Alexander McQueen at the Super Bowl, 2004.
I’m always so excited about Janet and the Super Bowl. I was even more fascinated when I found out that the dress she wore was designed by Alexander McQueen. Furthermore, I want as many people as possible to appreciate the fashion and the moment it was, not the rage [that came later].
Early Rough Simons Wear Seal, 1997
It can be hard for me to find moments in men’s fashion that really shake me up, but this is one hell of a moment. Sellroff was a die-hard fan of Simons before he really came around, and I love that he has a documentary.
Lenny Krautz in Gucci Spring 1999, 1999
Lenny Kravitz wore a lot of Gucci at the time, but it stands out to me on a personal level (it’s my favorite Gucci collection). She took an item from the womenswear collection and gave him a silver astronaut suit that looked very classy, but still classy.
Ananda Lewis in Alexander McQueen, 2000
Anand is an unsung fashion hero. Whether it was a major label or a niche brand, she knew how to get it right. This Alexander McQueen moment cements his reputation for me because McQueen was so particular about who wore his stuff. She looks stunning too!