Future vintage: The Noughties Today ends the first decade of the new millennium. Give it another 25 years, and the Noughties will officially become vintage. Come 2035, the fashions of the last ten years will be sought after collectors items. Or won’t they? Lena Weber writes. It’s near impossible to think of the one fashion trend that might sum up the Noughties in the future. After the power dressing Eighties and prim and sporty Nineties (think Rachel in ‘Friends’), the last decade has somewhat lacked in innovation. Designers have referenced and salvaged previous trends and styles to bring back the Eighties, grunge, goth, god-knows-what. But perhaps this is exactly what should sum up the Nouhties, the love for all things retro, mixed-up into a very individual style. So what – if anything – of the last ten years could be of interest for future generations? What will our daughters be interested in when they go vintage shopping in the 2030s? The Noughties were the dacade of the highstreet. Designers might have set trends, but it was highstreet shops such as Topshop, H&M and Primark, which brought them from catwalk to shop floor within a few weeks. Add to this a string of never-ending designer collaborations and we might be able to get a picture of what sort of garments will line charity shop railes in the years to come. Future vintage tip: hold on to good quality highstreet – Topshop Boutique, Reiss, Warehouse, etc. – and designer collaborations such as Stella McCartney for H&M, Kate Moss for Topshop, or Thakoon for Gap. 3 Responses Eyeglasses December 31st, 2009 I agree! This whole decade lacked originality!! Kiri December 31st, 2009 I suppose so. But oh goodness, this decade has just been a mashup over every other decade only with making everything more revealing and less classy. At least that’s my opinion. There’s really not much that distinctive about this decade. Whereas just by looking at a skirt or dress or even hat you’d know when it was from, from say the 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s. kevie January 1st, 2010 This was the decade when fashion, like music, became democratized by the Internet. Everyone has the tools to become their own stylist, so ‘street’ style is the only definitive look. Unfortunately, I agree with Paul Franckeiss, who said that clothes are not made well enough today to last into the next era.