The hottest trends of 2000 -- From Burberry plaid to distressed jeans, this year's fashion do's and don't's

December 22, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Grid And Bear It
Since hiring new designer Roberto Menichetti, Burberry has crisscrossed back into style. Last spring, Vogue‘s Anna Wintour goosed the trend, wearing a Burberry poncho at the New York fashion shows. Burberry hats, shoes, and even bikinis were soon in the closets of such stars as Sharon Stone and Pierce Brosnan. ”For the millennium, there was a futuristic vibe in fashion,” says celeb stylist Ricci DeMartino. ”Now we’ve gone back to tweeds and plaids — ladies who lunch and dapper men.”

It’s In the Jeans
Denim — whether dirty, printed, or studded — took off as a designer fabric. So much so that it became as overexposed as Christina Aguilera’s navel. Even Cameron Diaz, while still looking chic, went a little overboard at one premiere wearing a denim hat and jeans. ”I like denim,” says celebrity stylist Fati Parsia, ”but if I see one more actress in a micro-denim jacket, I’m going to pop. Let it go.”

Dress To Distress
Of the many fashion disasters of the year, a few stood out like a blemish on Gwyneth’s face. Mariah Carey showed the American Music Awards the downside of under-cleavage in a Michael Kors designer dress. Angelina Jolie, in Versace, perfected the glamour mortis look at the Oscars. And Geena Davis gave the Emmys an unexpected preview of The Geena Davis Show in a too-aware-of-the-underwear Pamela Dennis shocker. ”Some people come across as making too much of an attempt to get attention,” says Robert Verdi, the host of Metro Channel’s Full Frontal Fashion. ”Davis’ outfit, in particular, seemed like a stunt.”

Hoop It Up
Oversize hoops, favored by Jennifer Lopez, made a high-profile appearance at the Oscars on the lobes of Cate Blanchett, and on Uma Thurman at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. ”The hoop is something that’s been around forever,” says stylist DeMartino, who dresses such celebs as Patricia Heaton and Lisa Kudrow. ”But it became really popular in hip-hop, then it got into high fashion on the runways.” Here’s to bigger and better rings.

Bodice Gripper
In last spring’s hit movie Erin Brockovich, Julia Roberts busted a move and presented two eye-popping pieces of evidence seen by millions of witnesses. Wearing the sort of low-cut, formfitting dresses favored by the real-life Brockovich, Roberts set a new precedent for office attire. ”Julia really did throw herself into the part,” says the film’s costume designer Jeffrey Kurland. ”The reaction was as if we’d reinvented cleavage.”

Foot Power
They came tearing down the sidewalks in silver flashes, ridden by children and adults alike. The Razor, a foldable, lightweight scooter with Rollerblade-like wheels, gave many pedestrians a close shave as it became the most ubiquitous new mode of transportation. Naturally, it glided right into pop culture: A Razor question showed up on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Sarah Jessica Parker rode one on Sex and the City, and Kevin Spacey drove a battery-powered scooter called a Zappy onto the Letterman show. ”There was also an accident with a Razor on ER, but it wasn’t serious,” says Razor president Carlton Calvin. But with the company anticipating 2000 sales to come near the 5 million mark, the Razor can weather a bit of bad publicity.

And The Winner Is…
Not even the fashion police could find fault with these best-dressed actresses. From left, Chloe Sevigny, at the Golden Globes, wore a vintage-look black-and-white Yves Saint Laurent dress. Charlize Theron went mango-a-mango in a classic Vera Wang gown at the Oscars. As host of the MTV Movie Awards, Sarah Jessica Parker changed into 15 outfits before the night was over; the best was this slinky Versace number. And the most unexpected fashion moment at the Emmys came from Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Patricia Heaton, who won her first award and knocked ’em dead in a sexy Dolce & Gabbana. ”It made her look voluptuous and beautiful,” says her stylist, Ricci DeMartino. ”It’s fun to see her in a different light than just the TV mom.”

Model Mania
Not many models can claim to have been discovered chowing down at McDonald’s. But Gisele Bundchen was, at age 14 in Brazil. The first bona fide supermodel since Kate Moss to cause a sensation, this 5-foot-11-inch 20-year-old has been linked with Leonardo DiCaprio, appeared on the cover of Vogue in the arms of George Clooney, cohosted the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards with Cuba Gooding Jr., and can now be seen gracing the cover of the Victoria’s Secret catalog. Why do men, and women, love her? After years of avant-garde waifs, Americans were ready for a busty bombshell. ”She’s like everyone’s fantasy of the prettiest girl in high school,” says Lauren Zalaznick, senior VP of programming and development at VH1. ”You go, ‘Wow, that’s a pretty girl.”’

Catch Of The Day
Newly respectable and fashionable, fishnet hose — especially in red — showed up on the runways of Gucci and Prada and on the legs of such fans as Kelly Preston, Courtney Love, James King, Cameron Diaz, and Calista Flockhart on Ally McBeal. Just try buying a pair — both Club Monaco and Wolford are sold out. ”Skirts are getting shorter, so it’s a great accessory,” says Full Frontal Fashion‘s Robert Verdi. ”I like that they aren’t just for hookers anymore.”

Rocking Out
That staple of arena rock — the concert T-shirt — was given a glittery update this year. Stars such as Heather Locklear, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Drea de Matteo went gaga for rhinestone-studded homages to Bob Seger, Aerosmith, Motorhead, and Bon Jovi. ”I’m a huge fan,” says celebrity stylist Fati Parsia. ”It’s cool taking something so casual as a ’70s or ’80s rock T-shirt and making it all sexy and giving it a nightlife.”

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