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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?
- 2010, aka the year when Rock & Republic still reigned. Photo by
- Santa Monica Place on the day before its grand opening on August 7, 2010. Photo by
- LA designer Brian Lichtenberg fetes his Forever 21 collab at the Beverly Center on August 12, 2010. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels
- Remember when FNO was still a pretty people-filled, sometimes shitshow-y affair? Here's the scene at Fred Segal on Melrose. Photo by
- Boho-cool hero/model Erin Wasson at Melrose and Crescent Heights. Photo by M. Lutzker
- Chris at 7th and Spring in DTLA. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels
- Oh hi, Christa Jayne. Here's the Fashion or Famine blogger and
- Claudia at West 3rd Street and Kings Road. Photo by M. Lutzker
- Kelli at 7th and Spring in DTLA. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels
- Chaplin at Brighton Way in Beverly Hills. Photo by M. Lutzker
- Christina at Romaine and Fuller. Photo by M. Lutzker
- Melanie at Kings Road and Beverly. Photo by M. Lutzker
- Margot at Sunset Plaza. Photo by M. Lutzker
- Jade at Sunset and Hyperion in Silver Lake. Photo by M. Lutzker
- Nick at Westfield Century City. Photo by M. Lutzker
If you've still got a soft spot for the mid-aughts, take comfort in the fact that it was all chronicled in the faux reality TV series The Hills, which was dunzo by the year 2010. Our fashion flashback continues with a look at the year that capped off the 2000s, which marked this here site's third year of documenting LA's retail and fashion scene. As evidenced in our recaps, Fashion's Night Out was in full swing from the SFV to the SGV, taking over celeb-happy haunts like Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue and beyond (we even hosted a stylish soiree of our own at Decadestwo).
On-the-rebound Melrose also enjoyed a slew of new additions, but the biggest opening of the year was hands-down Santa Monica Place, which made a massive (and delayed) splash when it brought Bloomie's, Tiffany & Co., Nordstrom, and, uh, Skechers Shape-Ups—easily contenders for that fug shoes list—to the beachy city. It was also a major year for designer and mass retailer collabs, which included LA's own Brian Lichtenberg for fast fashion giant Forever 21. He remembers it as the year of the bodycon dress and tells us that bestsellers included "our glitter hooded dresses and one shoulders," favored by tabloid faves like Kim Kardashian and LiLo.
See more snapshots of the year's biggest moments and take a look back at some of the best reader-faved street style looks below.