The Year's Trends

Even without a Macarena or a double latte, 2000's fads were fun and frothy

To deem a phenomenon a trend is to imply its transience. In fashion, the life-span of a trend rarely exceeds four months, the length of a season, or roughly the time it takes a style to travel from New York to the rest of the country where, once embraced, it is unsentimentally dismissed by its original champions. So while the first half of the year was dominated by "ladylike" dressing, the prim skirt-and-sweater sets of demure eras past, the latter half celebrated all things leather. Along the way, women dallied with python skin, revived the Pucci print and fell victim to...

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