One Direction’s long-time stylist Caroline Watson has revealed an unlikely source of inspiration for the boys’ look, telling The Muse, “I wanted them to be like the male equivalent to the Spice Girls.”

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Caroline – who previously styled Britney Spears, Usher and Blue – continues, “When I say ‘the Spice Girls,’ I mean being in a group but having an identity.

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“Everyone wore different things and no two girls looked the same. I wanted to create that with the boys.

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“It was obviously a big Simon Cowell project, but I don’t think anybody knew how much it was going to blow up in the way in which it did. I think the look had a lot to do with that. Because people buy into nice things, you know? And it was my job to make them look great.”

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And great they look! Caroline goes on to explain who her Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty were… Sort of.

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Spice Girls – Spice Up Your Life

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“Niall was always going to be my sporty boy; Zayn was always the cool, mysterious one that was quite street but could be quite high fashion at the same time; Harry was bowties, blazers, that guy that you want to bring home to your mum; Liam was the boy next door,” she explains. “I mean, now, Liam’s transitioned and completely grown into this whole new, sexy guy.”

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As for their movement from high street to all those designer threads the lads have been rocking of late? Totes Caroline’s fault.

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“I taught them so much that now they’ll call me and be like, ‘I went into Gucci the other day,’ or ‘I went into APC the other day and saw this.’

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“[Harry] loves Saint Laurent, Zayn loves APC. They love Sandro, they love Kooples.”

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However, the boys will still indulge in a little Topman, especially when it involves MTV (obvs).One Direction at The BRIT Awards 2014

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“Two days ago, I’d got [Zayn] this MTV sweater top from Topman or something. It was just a cheeky little thing to wear. He came to me and was like, ‘Caroline, it’s just so hot on stage, I need some more t-shirts and stuff.’

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“My assistant was like, ‘Look, Zayn, I know we sent you loads of sweaters and stuff, so just cut the bloody arms off them. You’ll be fine.’ So he cut the arms off it and now it’s everywhere on Twitter and Instagram, just from a little conversation that we had.”

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Thanks for that, Caroline. In fact, thanks for everything. We kind of love you a lot right now.

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Playlist : One Direction | Official Top 10

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