2004 was the year Mary Donaldson married Frederick, Crown Prince of Denmark, Jennifer Hawkins won the Miss Universe contest and Brad Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston.
In terms of fashion, you might remember squeezing your feet into pointy-toe shoes, lusting after Sass & Bide’s sequin creations and copying anything Kate Moss wore. London fashion chain, Topshop sold out of silver and gold ballet flats in the summer of this year and locally, Chinese embroidered slippers were hugely popular.
Other fashionable celebrities of the mid-2000s were Oprah, Sophia Coppola and Cate Blanchett who all made Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List.
On our TV screens we were watching The O.C, One Tree Hill and Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in The Simple Life. Sadly that year, we also farewell Friends after a marathon 10 seasons and Sex and the City aired its final episode.
At the movies we were watching Mean Girls, Ocean’s Twelve, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost in Translation and Million Dollar Baby took out the Academy Award for Best Picture. 2004 was also the year of the sequel with Shrek 2, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Meet the Fockers, Blade: Trinity, Spider-Man 2, Alien vs. Predator, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Ocean’s Twelve, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed all being released.
The top 10 singles in Australia were:
1. “What About Me” Shannon Noll
2. “Left Outside Alone” Anastacia
3. “Black Betty” Spiderbait
4. “Milkshake” Kelis
5. “I Don’t Want You Back” Eamon
6. “Superstar” Jamelia
7. “My Immortal” Evanescene
8. “These Kids” Joel Turner
9. “Shut Up” The Black Eyed Peas
10. “Suga Suga” Baby Bash
Here’s what Mamamia publisher/editor Mia Freedman was wearing in 2004:
“Look, I really should have known it was time to get out of magazines when I started dressing like this. Here I am at a Cleo magazine party dressed in a Willow dress, Sass & Bide jacket and some hideously expensive turquoise cowboy boots from Miss Louise in Melbourne. The handbag is a vintage magazine clutch and was a present from an old girlfriend of my brother’s.
I was pretty happy with my look and I still own every one of those items today. Sadly, the handbag is the only thing currently in rotation. The rest is on ice.
In 2004 I was desperately trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t working. I was also desperate to get out of magazines and do something else. I only wish I could pop back in time and whisper in to my 2004 ear: “DO NOT GO INTO TV – BAD IDEA VERRRRRY BAD IDEA”. But hey, it all brought me to this point. So I’m happy with that.”
What were you wearing/doing in 2004?