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They were called the Noughties
for a reason, apparently --
and some looks from the past
10 years were so horrible they
deserve to be hung, drawn
and quartered. But not
before we pick them apart.
text rachael ciccarelli « illustrations emma thomson
The fashion world has seen a lot over
the past decade -- as far as style
goes, it s more than a lifetime.
We ve watched the rise, fall
and rise again of old Hollywood-
style glamour, have drawn inspiration from the
army, navy and air force, taken ruffled, velvet cues
from Edwardian and Victorian times, pillaged all
corners of the globe, and revisited every decade up
until this one -- we ve even taken from the derelict.
Thank American model Erin Wasson for bring-
ing Zoolander to life with her inane "homeless
people on Venice Beach are pulling out crazy
awesome looks and it s all from garbage bins and
stuff " quote -- making designers and models
everywhere seem well-balanced and intelligent.
Those parading down the runways have gone
from scarily gaunt to voluptuous as the scrutiny
surrounding models BMI grows ever more intense,
and the arguments surrounding Photoshop and
retouching more obtuse.
We relied on The Kaiser -- otherwise known as
the lord of Chanel, Fendi and all-round German
genius Karl Lagerfeld -- to deliver the most bizarre,
scandalous and entertaining remarks on whichever
pressing issue was at hand, with lines like "I am a
sort of vampire, taking the blood of other people,"
cementing his eccentricity beyond the catwalk.
But when all s said and done, it s the hideous
fashion trends that are the true cornerstone of
the industry. Like so many taffeta-clad brides-
maids standing dutifully beside their glowing and
malevolent best friend; without the ugly to set the
pace, there can be no real beauty.
So, consider this our special retrospective salute
to trends that caused our stomachs to turn and
jaws to clench a little tighter over the past decade.
And remember, the moral of this story is to
avoid letting history repeat itself.
There will be plenty of new mistakes to make
(or, to witness from a safe distance) over the
next 10 years.
142 SCOOP AUTUMN 2010
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