In the early 2000s, everyone dressed like The Strokes, even the bands they shared the stage with.
Skinny jeans, a slim cut blazer or hip leather jacket, finished with skinny tie or vintage T-shirt, was the official uniform of bohemian cool. The fuzzy post-punk revival that took the world by storm is recently in the rearview and we are just now in a position to look back on the era of effortlessly chic New York City cool. Though there are many figures in the music and fashion world swirling around this era, if you look at its epicenter you find The Strokes and designer Hedi Slimane.
The publication of Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me in the Bathoom marks the first comprehensive look at the New York rock scene in the first decade of the 21st century. The book has sparked a conversation about what was special about that particular moment in cultural history. Specifically, critics and fans are looking back and wondering if the end of this era marked the end of the rock star. From a fashion perspective, then, it is safe to wonder if the end of this era also marked the end of rock star fashion (at least, as we knew it—shouts to the burgeoning band tee market).