When I think 2000s fashion, I think of dresses over jeans, frosted tips, and velour sweatsuits. While the noughties are famed for a fashion faux pas or two — gaucho pants, anyone? — the year that reigned supreme was 2006. It was the haven for early 2000s fashion, and the Golden Globes red carpet proves it. With attendees like then-It Girl Paris Hilton to an eyeliner-wearing Johnny Depp, the red carpet was rampant with early 2000s A-listers and their not-so-subtle fashion ensembles.
While a lot has changed since 2006, especially in the sartorial department, the major stars who walked the red carpet seem to be the same, give or take a few. Back then, a baby-faced Scarlett Johansson solidified her status as a fashion icon, while Anne Hathaway was still figuring it out. Gwyneth Paltrow was pregnant, Natalie Portman had a pixie, and Alanis Morissette was blonde.
While it may be horrifying to look back on our own style choices from the earlier 2000s — I still can’t believe I wore a tie as a belt — there is something nostalgic about seeing celebs on the red carpet not so long ago. Take a stroll down memory lane and scroll down to see the quintessential '00s looks from the 2006 Golden Globes red carpet.
1. Gwyneth Paltrow
Paltrow elegantly accentuated her baby bump with this Elizabethan-style gown by Balenciaga.
2. Jessica Alba
Nothing was hotter in the early 2000s than Jessica Alba, and she didn't disappoint in this sexy backless gown.
3. The Desperate Housewives
The Desperate Housewives were all the rage in 2006, and their bevy of bright and beautiful dresses were as well.
4. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson perfected timeless elegance in this low-cut red slip dress accented with ruffles.
5. Anne Hathaway
Anne might now be known for her classic red carpet style, but in 2006 she was still figuring things out — much like the rest of us.
6. Reese Witherspoon
Witherspoon looked like a winner, and was a winner, in this bedazzled fit-and-flare dress.
7. Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette looks almost unrecognizable as a blonde on the 2006 red carpet.
8. Sarah Jessica Parker
As far as I'm concerned, SJP can do no wrong.
9. Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo, also known as Meredith Grey, looked beautiful in this bohemian-inspired gown.
10. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman rocked the pixie with a lacey tea-length dress.
11. Mariah Carey
Because what would a 2000s event be without Mariah Carey? She looked super sexy in a bodycon, low-cut black and white gown.
12. Johnny Depp And Vanessa Paradis
This 2000s power couple dressed up for the occasion as a pair of old school gangsters.
13. Keira Knightley
Keira K was just as stunning 10 years ago as she is now. Her minimalistic jewelry, tousled up-do, and sleek white dress were pure perfection.
14. Seal And Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum sported the bejeweled halter neck trend that took over 2000s proms by storm.
15. Renée Zellweger
Before Angelina Jolie, Renée Zellweger gave us lots of leg in this high-slit halter dress.
Forget the '90s. The earlier 2000s were full of gems, y'all.