If the Fall 2017 runways made you feel a little déjà vu, that's because early 2000s style is back in a big way. We've seen it all before: Juicy Couture tracksuits, super cropped crop tops, camouflage pants, bedazzled headbands and chokers, layered tank tops, and silk bustiers. (If you need any more proof that time is a flat circle, just do a side-by-side comparison of Kim Kardashian West circa 2001 with her younger sister, Kylie Jenner, today.) But this season in particular, we've noticed a strong revival of the silver sequin halter top—a nightlife favorite of Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson.
The sequin halter has disco roots, but was reinterpreted in the early 2000s as a staple of kitschy glam. It was perfect for a night out at the club or a flash-bulb-friendly red carpet appearance, and showed just enough without being ridiculously over-the-top. Hilton, for example, wore one of the most iconic silver sequin looks to her 21st birthday party in 2002 paired with a bedazzled choker. So iconic, in fact, that Kendall Jenner outright copied her for her own 21st birthday back in November, posting an Instagram with the caption, "Paris Hilton Vibes." And with some deeper investigation, it's clear that Kendall and Bella are today's Paris and Nicole.
Metallics have taken the runways by storm for the past few seasons, but the early 2000s halter top references were uncanny at Paco Rabanne's spring and fall 2017 shows. Celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski, Kim Kardashian, and Winnie Harlow snatched the looks right off the runway, wearing them immediately for a night out on the town.
See how these eternally iconic party looks compare then versus now, below.
Left: Paris Hilton at her 21st birthday party in New York City in 2002.
Right: Kendall Jenner channeling "Paris Hilton vibes" at her 21st birthday party in Los Angeles in November 2016.
Left: Destiny's Child at the 2000 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards.
Right: Kim and Kourtney Kardashian at the Balmain after party during Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017.
Left: Nicky and Paris Hilton attend a party at Harry Bendel's in 2001 in New York City.
Right: Bella Hadid steps out in Area at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017.
Left: Christina Aguilera at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
Right: Kylie Jenner front row at Jeremy Scott during New York Fashion Week Fall 2017.
Left: Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock at the 2002 American Music Awards.
Right: Bella Hadid wearing Fannie Schiavoni to her 20th birthday party in 2016.
Left: Nicole Richie at a Britney Spears concert in Las Vegas in 2001.
Right: Model Winnie Harlow wearing Paco Rabanne at a Paris Fashion Week party.
Watch Nicky Hilton talk about her childhood with Paris Hilton, below.