ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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Yesterday marked 25 years since the classic 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air first premiered on television. Armed with the catchiest theme tune around, and a young Will Smith as the title character, the show would go on for 148 episodes, over six seasons, until it finally ended in 1996.

Last month it was reported that Will Smith's production company will be making a so-called reboot of The Fresh Prince, with Smith acting as producer. However, the show creator Andy Borowitz has since come out and said that Smith's new show will not be a reboot of the originally series, and instead will be a comedy with the same fish-out-of-water plot that Fresh Prince had.

But while the reports of a reboot were swirling, it obviously got some people thinking about what it would look like, namely artist and graphic designer Leland Foster. Foster, along with the website Lyst, have taken on the task to reimagine what the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air might look like if it took place in 2015 instead of 1990.

While, in my opinion, Foster totally nailed the brief, it has made me realize that the hipsters of 2015 are pretty much just reppin' the 90s, because...Well, see for yourself:

Will 'The Fresh Prince' Smith

Source: Lyst / Leland Foster
Source: Lyst / Leland Foster

There's no denying Will Smith was a huge fan of bold prints in the show, and in his modern portrait it looks like he's still channeling that look. Naturally he's wearing some leggings under those shorts (something son, Jaden Smith would approve of), but it's only the addition of headphones that tip us off that this isn't just a promo shot from the original 90s series.

Ashley Banks

Source: Lyst / Leland Foster
Source: Lyst / Leland Foster

Foster opted to go with an older Ashley Banks, rather than her younger image from the earlier series. While this 21st Century Ash has gone with a bold hair cut, she's still keeping it casual with her Kenzo sweater and jeans. And her gold iPhone 6, naturally.

Carlton Banks

Source: Lyst / Leland Foster
Source: Lyst / Leland Foster

I gotta say, I'm kind of digging Carlton's look! 21st Century Carlton has definitely chosen to go with clothing that's a lot more fitted than his 20th Century counterpart, and it's working for him - even despite the bold color choice of his shirt vs the bowtie. His accessories, though, leave a little to be desired - while the Apple watch was pushing it, the Google Glasses are just too much. Sorry C!

Hilary Banks

Source: Lyst / Leland Foster
Source: Lyst / Leland Foster

Hilary was without a doubt the most fashion forward member of the Banks clan, always looking like she's rocked off a catwalk into real life. Her Moschino skirt suit shows she's kept her sassy attitude, but her pearl choker says she's still a classy lady. Basically Hilary could have rocked this look back in the 90s, and she can certainly still rock it now.

Philip 'Uncle Phil' Banks

Source: Lyst / Leland Foster
Source: Lyst / Leland Foster

There's not too much that can be changed about Uncle Phil, who was sporting what Foster called a "fairly timeless" look in the original series. His accessories have been updated though, and it looks like he now prefers to get his daily news delivered onto his kindle. On his wrist is a Fitbit (surely a gift from the well-meaning Aunt Viv?), and of course, he's still a proud Republican, shown with the GOP badge on his jacket.

Geoffrey Butler

Source: Lyst / Leland Foster
Source: Lyst / Leland Foster

Oh Geoffrey, how we loved your witty retorts! Geoffrey is still wearing an outfit very similar to what he wore back in the 90s, though with the notably addition of some headphones (Beats by Dre?!), and a cute nod to his English heritage with the Union Jack pin on his breast pocket.

Source: Mashable

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