It’s not Thursday, but everyone loves a throwback. Today, we’re looking back at how far the fashion landscape has come and the movers and shakers who have made their mark in the orbit over the past decade. Leave a comment and tell us your own!
It’s hard to imagine a world before the advent of multimillion-dollar fashion bloggers, but ten years ago, the profession’s most elementary form was only starting to come into being.
But it wouldn’t be long before these creative outposts began drawing upwards of a million hits each month, earning them the attention of highbrow designers eager to place them in the front rows at fashion shows, as well as the occasional evil eye from magazine editors to whom they were now becoming competition.
These days the first sartorial digital natives to incite the blogging epidemic, such as Rumi Neely, Susie Lau and Leandra Medine, sit atop the organizational charts of their own creative agencies. Here, they command five figure sums for collaborations and make red carpet appearances once reserved only for the crème de la crème of Hollywood.
This is one of the world’s most famous autobiographies: a Harvard computer science major codes from his dorm room a website that would eventually become the world’s foremost social network. Though launched in 2004, the network would only become open to public access circa 2006. The early adopters who had Facebook profiles at the time used it mainly to gain an unprecedented voyeuristic peek into their friends’ lives.
The past decade has been mind-bendingly efficient at shaping and revolutionizing social networks. No longer mere personal friendship logs, they are indispensable marketing tools for every business and so seamlessly integrated into our daily lives that Feeds, Likes, check-ins and friend requests have become permanent fixtures in our vernacular. There are whispers of Facebook being past its prime, but user figures tell a different story. And what would life be without Instagram or LinkedIn?
The handbags in vogue in 2006 spanned a wide range, from classic offerings by heritage brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior, to contemporary releases including the Chloé Paddington and Chanel 2.55 Reissue, both of which having made their debut just the year before.
Fast forward ten years and little has changed; yet everything is different. The Chanel Classic Flap bag and Hermès Birkin bag are still frontrunners in their own right, with the passing of time doing little to erode their desirability or value. But these days, cult brands like Céline, Givenchy, Balenciaga and even Mansur Gavriel have become forces to be reckoned with.
Notably, with the advent of social media and the digital age, trends have shifted from the realm of fashion editors and public figures, to being decided by the Instagram zeitgeist and power fashion bloggers.
Remember Nicole Richie and the Olsen twins? A decade ago, their effortless Bohemian wardrobes that comprised oversized sunglasses, chiffon maxi dresses and layered tunics made them some of the most fashion-forward figures of the time. The trends at the time were noticeably more flamboyant and gaudy, with low-rise skinny jeans, ultra mini skirts, plunging V necklines and layered necklaces being all the rage.