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With 2015 just around the corner, we're taking a look back at LA's retail and fashion scene over the last 15 years. While our Year in Racked highlights the best of 2014, Five Years in Fashion focuses on the years 2000, 2005, 2010, and what's to come for 2015. Let's take a jog through memory lane, shall we?
In the year 2000, FIDM students were too cool for color photography. Photo via the LA Public Library Digital Photo Collection
Remember when LA survived the Great Big Deal that was Y2K, and we embarked on a new millenium clad in spaghetti straps, tube tops, and Skechers? It was the year 2000: the Juicy Couture tracksuit had yet to make its debut, 7 For All Mankind's rhinestone-studded designer denim had arrived, there was no shame in JNCO pants, and it's a time that even the Man Repeller begs the collective fashion consciousness to forget—clearly, nobody's listening, given that local labels like UNIF are inching out of the late '90s and into the aughts.
In 2000, Melrose Avenue west of Fairfax was still a hub of hipness, even getting a shoutout in the cult-fave teen movie, Thirteen. It was also the year that LA boutique chain Madison first brought its designer wares to the Malibu Country Mart. Up ahead, husband-and-wife co-owners Mark and Emily Goldstein recount how the City of Angels dressed at the turn of the century. Reminisce with us and feel free to share your own memories in the comment below.
"[When] Madison opened in the Country Mart in Malibu in 2000, [...] Chloé, designed by Stella McCartney, and Phoebe Philo were all the rage. $750 flared jeans with rhinestones on the back pockets were a must-have, and Prada shoes were at their peak! Several years later, others followed when the Lumber Yard opened, and now Malibu has become a small fashion mecca."
A view of Wasteland on Melrose in 2000. Photo via Getty Images
Rodeo Drive in 2000. Photo via Getty Images
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