Often in Fashion school, the first thing taught is how trends and styles are revived every twenty years. For the longest time, this has been true and, to a certain extent, continues to remain that way. But, with technology, innovation, and social media taking the forefront in every industry globally, the trend cycle has shortened quite a bit. Today, there is no certainty whether the trend will be a hit, a miss, or the duration of its popularity before another trend replaces it.
A week ago, iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball hosted in New York City was attended by many celebrities, one of which included the Dawson’s Creek actress Katie Holmes.
For many seasons now, Katie Holmes has been serving us with uber-cool, polished, timeless everyday fashion inspiration whenever she’s out and about in the ‘Big Apple.’ Her most iconic Khaite Scarlet cardigan and Eda bralette paired with straight-cut cropped jeans remains the most talked about and replicated look even seasons later.
So obviously, when her image from the iHearRadio event was published online, the audience, for lack of a better word, started to lose their minds. At the same time, some assumed publications and media outlets mistakenly uploaded an image of her from the 2000s.
For context, the actress had paired a hip-length deep-toned blue satin top with bootleg denim and sneakers, giving the illusion of a mini dress with jeans combination. The dress paired with denims/trousers like low-waisted jeans were trending from the early 2000s when celebrities wanted to go for the ‘laid-back’ red carpet look.
The trend (dress over pants) is one of the few Y2K trends in the 2022 revival era that still has many of us questioning fashion sense and styling from the decade.
Receiving more criticism than appreciation online, the actress’ stylist Brie Welch defended her styling, saying it was a combination of her styling and the former’s taste and practicality for the event she was attending.
While the idea of bringing back the trend into the mainstream seems quite far-fetched, one can’t help but wonder whether this was a case of lousy styling, ageism, or a combination of both?
Because deep down, we all know that had Bella Hadid pulled this trend off, we’d all go gaga over her look and try our very versions of it.