It may seem like we’re currently living in a strange Y2K trends time hop. “Bennifer” is back. Zendaya resembled baby-faced Beyoncé wearing a vintage Versace dress from 2003 at the BET Awards. And Avril Lavigne rocked TikTok in an ensemble that took us back to her “Sk8er Boi” days. The pandemic, climate change, economic problems, and significant political and social changes seem to be compelling people to long for the good old days of the turn of the millennium.
As we’re seeing across social media and fashion week runways, Y2K trends like Juicy Couture tracksuits, low-rise jeans and Fendi’s iconic Baguette bag are making a comeback. Millennials who lived through the experience the first time may still be scarred by some of the heinous fashion crimes committed in the early Noughties. However, Gen Zers looking to the past for fashion inspiration are breathing new life into these styles.
But these trends aren’t just drawing the line at fashion: technology has done a complete 360, too. Remember your Motorola Razr? Flip phones are back and better than ever, baby! Take a peep at five of our favourite Y2K trend revivals and the new Samsung Z Flip4.
Fendi Baguette Bags
First introduced to the zeitgeist in the Autumn/Winter 1997 collection, the Fendi Baguette bag was conceptualised by Silvia Venturini Fendi, who was inspired by French women and wanted to create a purse that could be held like a loaf of bread under the arms. The It-Bag quickly became a staple; Carrie Bradshaw can confirm (and “it’s not a bag, it’s a Baguette”.) The trend of little bags eventually died out as the practicality of more oversized handbags and tote bags replaced them, but 2022 has been the year of the Baguette once again. Y2K trends revivalists Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are fans, and the models are regularly seen with these must-have mini bags. And the iconic Baguette is set to make a return on Carrie’s arm in the upcoming season of And Just Like That.
Beyonce rocked a bandana top, and we often saw variations of a silky scarf tied as a little summer top. Queen of Y2K trends, Bella Hadid, has been spotted wearing the barely-there garment.
Sk8r girls also love some army apparel. Candian singer Avril Lavigne rocked the beloved cargo pants in the early 2000s, and now celebs like Kim Kardashian are rocking them again, albeit in a less army surplus, more luxe way.
Hervé Léger Bandage Dresses
There was one simple rule regarding cocktail dresses in the early aughts: the tighter, the better. The most in-demand bandage dress brand was Hérve Léger, who became known throughout Hollywood for his uber-sexy silhouettes that were adored by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham.
A truly significant piece of early 2000s tech, flip phones were the must-have accessory for fashionistas like Queen on the Noughties, Paris Hilton. However, the rise of smartphones swiftly took over the market, and the flip inevitably became relegated to bedroom drawers everywhere.
The next generation of ground-breaking foldable smartphones from Samsung, the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4 will undoubtedly trigger nostalgia for many.
“Samsung Galaxy foldables are built on the foundation of our openness philosophy, enabling new possibilities with complete customisation both inside and out. Created in collaboration with our world-class partners, the next foldable devices offer unparalleled mobile experiences that meet the needs of our most dynamic users,” said Dr TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics, in a press release.
Both devices feature customisable form factors, tailored experiences, and upgraded performance that enhance everyday life.
The Galaxy Z Fold4 is the result of Samsung Galaxy’s enduring smartphone innovation and the company’s most powerful smartphone yet.
Z Fold4 combines Samsung’s collective mobile technology expertise to create a device with increased functionality, whether opened, closed, or in Flex mode 10.
Additionally, it is the first device to ship with Android 12, a special version of Android created by Google for large-screen experiences, including foldables.
“Through our unwavering focus and industry leadership, excitement for the foldable continues to grow, Dr Roh continues. “We’ve successfully transformed this category from a radical project to a mainstream device lineup enjoyed by millions worldwide.”
This article was published in association with Samsung.
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