Always on the lookout for the latest trends, fashion media professionals often exhibit uncanny knowledge of pop culture trivia to help us understand current styles as more than upgrades of “been there, done that.” Isabella Urbina, BA Fashion Journalism, shares her celebrity insights with Fashion School Daily. This year marks a decade in the public spotlight for the Kardashian-Jenner family whose hit reality TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” premiered in 2007. Here are three ways in which the famous sisters are paying homage to their Millennial roots and the mid-naughts’ most notorious style moments.
Kendall Jenner Wears Paris Hilton’s 21st Birthday Dress
In 2002, Paris Hilton was everywhere. At the beginning of the 21st century, the heiress was the epitome of all things glamorous and girly. From rocking Juicy Couture velour tracksuits to shopping at Kitson, she was associated with the decade’s top trends. Her glittering halter crystal mini-dress by designer Julien Macdonald made waves in the press thanks to its ritzy and decadent look. Fifteen years later, we have a new tabloid princess! Kendall Jenner wore a replica of that custom gown for her own 21st birthday party. It was a clear ode to the original “that’s hot” tabloid maven, although kept subtler in comparison to Paris’ diamond choker and pink box clutch. Twitterverse took notice.
Kylie Jenner Channels Dirrty-era Christina Aguilera
Another little sister is sparking nostalgia for every Xtina fan. Kylie first introduced the iconic costume from Aguilera’s 2002 Dirrty music video on Halloween. It left such an impression on the singer herself that she invited Kylie to rock it again for her birthday party! Even though variations of this look have been tried for nearly 20 years now, the original still holds attention, being praised and mocked in equal measure for being ultra-risque. The bright skin tone with smudged eyes, black and white highlighted hair, and booty shorts under chaps caused a social media uproar all over again. It’s the clearest sign of changing times, where the (faux) trashy aesthetic is making its way back to main stage.
The Champion Athletic Wear Makes a Comeback
Another resurging trend within the luxury market is the prominence of Champion Athletic. Sure, sports giants like Nike and Adidas have made great strides into fashion, but this brand’s “C” logo was the original style staple in sports and the rising hip-hop culture throughout the 1990s and the early 2000s. Today, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are amongst the biggest celebrities to have taken their decked out Champion ensembles to new heights of attention. The iconic brand is set to benefit from the latest craze on all things Millennium spearheaded in part by the entertainment industry’s current First Family.
Text by Isabella Urbina, BA Fashion Journalism.