A Decade in Fashion

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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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*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.

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The Stunning AMA’s

Sunday night, the American Music Awards aired on national television.
Ranking up five awards such as: Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Country Artist, and Favorite Artist under Adult Contemporary, a surprised and ecstatic Taylor Swift accepted the awards via webcam.
Michael Jackson received four awards; Favorite Male Artist under Pop/Rock, Favorite Album for Number Ones, Favorite Male Artist under Soul/Rhythm and Blues, and Favorite Album under the same category.

Some craziness entered the show also. With performances by Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Green Day, and more, Adam Lambert's performance probably wow'ed the audience more than the others. Maybe not necessarily in a good way. His pre-announced "sexy" performance received mixed feelings to the crowd. Instead of sexy, it ended up being...surprising, you could say. Watch it here.

Another crazy was Rihanna's outfit during her performance at the AMA's. Don't get me wrong, I loved the performance and the song she chose. But her outfit? I'm not sure. She's known for taking huge fashion risks, which I admire, but with this one? Kind of looked like duct tape all around her body. See for yourself.

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Actually, I take that back. It's not duct tape at all, but actually fabric. Hmm, well Rihanna knows how to take risks, and her choice of clothing is unique. Check out her performance here.

And then, we have Lady Gaga's...exquisite performance, combining two of her songs, Bad Romance and Speechless. She brought some crazy, breaking glass, setting the piano on fire... need I go on?Check it out.

One amazing performance, in my opinion anyways, was Timbaland's with Nelly Furtado and Soshy performing Morning After Dark.

And of course, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z woke up L.A. with Empire State of Mind (one of my favorite songs). Needless to say, I loved it. That's all.

Carrie Underwood had a full on hot performance. Her outfit, her beauty, the song she chose. Everything just collided together into wonder. See it for yourself. Paula Abdul proudly watched the former American Idol winner performing.

Other performances included Shakira's Give It Up to Me, Eminem and 50 Cent's Crack a Bottle and Forever, Daughtry's Life After You, and more.

Among the people atteding were Selena Gomez, Leona Lewis, Drake, Jeremih, The Black Eyed Peas, and many, many more.

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I must also add that Shakira looked stunning at the AMA's.

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Kanye & Clothing

Apparently, Kanye West has been planning on a high-end clothing line...ever since 2005.
But then all that information kind of disappeared and everyone was left to wonder if it would ever come out.
Now, there's still a bit of speculation about it but according to a site, his clothing line called Pastelle is due out sometime this month!
But then, apparently the line's name has been changed.
It's now Past Tell Museum
Alright, I don't know all the information yet, but i'll be sure to find out.
So just hold on.

The magazine VMAN got an exclusive look at Kanye's new line where not only did Kanye model it but Rihanna and Lupe Fiasco.

Pastelle by Kanye West

Pastelle by Kanye

so i still don't know whether it's called Pastelle or Past Tell Museum.
We'll see.
I'll keep you updated.

A Little Bit Of That, A Little Bit Of This

If you don't know already, because I'm quite sure this is late news (just a tad), Rihanna is appearing in ads for....
Gucci!
It's the UNICEF Tattoo Heart Ad.
I don't know what's up. But it's like all the celebrities, even gymnasts (ahem, Nastia), are taking over ads of prestigious brands.
Or they're making their own clothing. Like Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port (Or her other line called Eve & A) and Victoria Beckham.
It's almost like half of the clothing industry is being made or inspired by a celebrity.
Not like that's a bad thing, just an observation.
And not like their clothing is horrible, i almost like them all.
And let's not forget about Rachel Bilson, whom i absolutely love.
Her line, Edie Rose for DKNY Jeans, there's not much but it's incredible. She is just so into style and I think I was always expecting a line or at least something from her.
Who might be next to bust out a line?

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Rihanna’s Working It

Latest news is that Rihanna's gonna design her own fashion line.
It seems like all the latest stars are doing this.
Lauren Conrad
Victoria Beckham
Paris Hilton
Ahhh, I think Rihanna's line will be beautiful, just like she is.
with punky rock pieces, and a girly touch.
we'll seeeee yes?
no word on WHEN the star will start or when its coming out.
but its in the process.
Rihanna's not only going to start her own line but she's also teaming up with an ad campaign with Gucci for Unicef.
Keep your heads upp. :]