When you’re young, the idea of growing up seemed like such a natural process; where when you’ve reached your early-20s that you instantly metamorphosise into a full-fledged adult. An adult who’ll no longer find cartoons entertaining but will now wear starched clothing and make complaints about the excessive noise your neighbours are making after 9pm. However, this is by far not the case, well at least not for the Bespoke team, where some of us are now the age where we should be the archetype adult listed above. But that’s the thing, we’re still emerging adults, who despite having to be mature in many areas of their life, are still equally immature in many others and one of those, in particular, is partying.
This isn’t to say we’re still drinking Apple Sours at a Student Union bar but more that we are stricter in where we party and how we party. Plus with the disposable income that comes with being an adult, you can do some pretty cool things with your nightlife. One of these cool things includes; hosting a party where the theme is based on hip hop & R&B in the early 2000s.
The early 2000s was the era that truly defined those born in the late ’80s and early ’90s; from the plethora of wavy artists that emerged and dominated at the time e.g. Ashanti, Ja Rule, Usher, 50 Cent, Gwen Stefani and more. Similarly, the many classic TV shows that we adored from One On One, That’s So Raven, My Wife and Kids right through to Lizzie McGuire, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Wire. And we cannot negate the fashion of that era, oversized jerseys and tees, the hideous denim outfits and copious amounts of tacky accessories whether it be durags, bandanas or ratchet silver jewellery, needless to say, the style of that time was truly unique and will always be identifiable to that era. Even the advancement of technology (well it felt advanced at the time) dial up internet, MSN, flip phones and Piczo – none of the above is used today at a mass scale but holds so much importance to our lives. And that’s why we’re trapped in the noughties, it’s an era that if you lived to experience it in full, then you’ll have an unbreakable attachment to it. So while we’re growing up, we are also growing down to return to the days that had such a focal part in our make up. Here’s what happened when we went back to the early 2000s and did a shoot…
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