From 2000 to now, the world of fashion, as well as the world of...well, the world, has had its many ups and downs. From 9/11 to the first African American president elected to Fashion's Night Out...so much has happened in this decade that changed lives as well as outlooks. As this blog is mainly about fashion, I'll focus mostly on that, but add a sprinkle of other topics as well. So here we go:
Juicy Couture tracksuits came back, into style, you could say. All thanks to Madonna in 2001 who wore a Juicy tracksuit and in doing so, she threw the outfit into the open and everyone was soon a fan. If you search "juicy couture" on Wikipedia, you'll find that Madonna was "credited with turning the velour tracksuit into a trend." Try it for yourself.
In 2002, Halle Berry was the first African-American to win an Academy Award. Talk about achievement!
Leggings became huge and were soon seen everywhere. The celebrities all had them on and Lindsay Lohan even made a leggings line called 6126.
And I guess you could say that this whole pant-less, "let's wear leggings instead" led to the altogether pant-less trend. Seen from the Spring 2009 RTW runways (and even the Spring 2010 RTW) of Alexander Wang to Stella McCartney, pant-less outfits have moved from the designer runways to celebs like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and more.
Plaid, skinny jeans, big sunglasses, huge bags, strappy sandals, knee high boots, over-the-knee boots, gladiator sandals, menswear, large belts, leather jackets, scarves (from spring to winter), bandage dresses, uggs, and even crocs came into style this decade. Along with countless other things, the '00s (the aught's, the naught's, the Oh's, The Decade From Hell (says Time Magazine)--whatever you wish to call it) have brought out possibly the weirdest (but also gorgeous) styles. Weirdest (maybe ugliest) being crocs, which I honestly don't understand. However, according to others they're pretty comfortable. Your decision. Bandage dresses (definite go) by mainly Herve Leger, although other designers have taken it up, are down right beautiful and are made to flatter any body type.
Top Ten grossing movies of the decade? All of them are action movies, besides Shrek 2 which came in at number two. Such a surprise; I guessed that Harry Potter would make the top 10, since Emma Watson was revealed as the Decade's highest paid actress. Spider-man and Spider-man 2 took 4th and 8th place, respectively.
Fashion's Night Out launched just this year. On September 10, 2009, Vogue partnered with Council of Fashion Designers of America to host this great event. With the recession going on, and less people shopping, they wanted to create a restoration of consumer confidence and promote retail. Events were held at many stores in New York and many more other places around the world. Stores such as Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Oscar de la Renta, Juicy Couture, and many more stayed open later than usual to take care of their many customers. It was such a successful night that there's even going to be a Fashion's Night Out 2010, once again on September 10.
Rompers and one-piece swimsuits came back into style this decade. I don't have much to say about this, since I don't really like these two styles. But hey, whatever goes. Some people can work them, that's for sure. Like Blake Lively for example:
*Take a guess at who was named the Artist of the Decade. If the name "Eminem" came to your mind first, you're most definitely correct. Named by the US magazine Billboard, Eminem's had 28 singles on the US Hot 100 since 1999. The reason I say this here is because his song "Crazy in Love" is quite wonderful, if I say so myself. But anyways. Beyonce was named female artist of the decade with 23 singles on the Hot 100 in the last 10 years. Thank you BBC News.
Another interesting fact? Mariah Carey's song, "We Belong Together," was the number one song of the 2000s.
Rihanna came into the celeb world with her music such as Pon de Replay. She also came in with her young style with sweats and cropped tops. But as time went on, she underwent a fashion makeover that has made her into one of the many trend setting women. From her signature haircut that became a fad, to her clothing choice that was anything but ordinary. It stood out, she took risks, and it was looked upon with awe.