In this piece, fashion writer Mayra Peralta explores the influence of the Mexican hit series Rebelde on fashion through a Y2K lens.
If you are a fashion connoisseur or just anyone who spends enough time scrolling through fashion on Instagram, you will know that Miu Miu’s SS22 collection has cemented the return of the low waist. Harnessed through the famous – or infamous, depending on who you ask – the ensemble of microskirt and crop top, the trend of the year 2000 is back in full force. As you might expect, this renaissance has brought a renewed interest in the style of 2000s icons such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. In Latin America, on the other hand, the re-emergence of trends since the early years has prompted us to revisit the impact of the television phenomenon Rebel.
A gem of Latin pop culture, Rebel is the Mexican adaptation (and the most popular version) of the Argentine TV series Via Ribelle. Created by Cris Morena and first presented in 2004, the telenovela follows a group of privileged kids who attend the exclusive Elite Way School and face all kinds of teenage struggles. With much of the plot revolving around students Mia, Roberta, Miguel, Diego, Lupita and Giovanni forming a band, Rebel it also gave birth to the musical sensation RBD. With year 2000 trends making the rounds, a Netflix sequel released earlier this year and an army of loyal fans, RebelFashion is standing the test of time 18 years later.
Mexican creative director and stylist Nayeli de Alba, who was involved in Netflix’s wardrobe design Rebel, he knows exactly why the show has that timeless appeal (at least at the moment). “Rebel it is gaining momentum now as it all goes back and the 2000s are making a comeback. The series was one of the most important of that decade. There are many points in common [with the present]: pointed boots, knee-high boots, the return of the flip phone, super straight hair, acid-washed jeans … you name it, “says de Alba Teen Vogue. “I think Rebel it took all the highlights from the 2000s, so if you look at it now you find one trendy spot after another. “
Not surprisingly, therefore, because many credits Rebel to shape the style of an era. Through the refreshing versions of school uniforms – albeit hypersexualized, as de Alba points out – and the eclectic mix of trends, the soap opera has become a source of style inspiration for Hispanic teenagers. The large cast covering nearly every television trope and trend in the fashion spectrum turned the show into a pioneer of the year 2000. Designer Pedro Hanhausen Vignon, who grew up watching Rebel, notes that even secondary characters such as Alma Rey (played by Ninel Conde) “needed memorable looks that are now a great example of fashion at the time.” But just like Blair and Serena Gossip Girl, RebelThe unrivaled fashion icons were the protagonists Anahí and Dulce María in the roles of Mia Colucci and Roberta Pardo respectively.
By portraying opposing archetypes, the wardrobes of the frenemies perfectly conveyed their contrasting personalities. Mia, who often cursed her Armani pants about her and talked about it Sailor Moon and Paris Hilton on every occasion, was the reigning queen of the Elite Way School. Of course, she favored pastel colors, rhinestone-encrusted accessories, preppy looks and a pink color palette. Daughter of a fashion mogul and consummate Lass, Mia popularized bangs, body glitter, and face stickers. But perhaps in particular, pleated microskirts, knotted tops and knee-high boots made Mia Colucci the inspiring muse of a generation. Judging by the lasting imprint she left on everyone’s mind, she’s not done yet. The hallmarks of her style, such as the bright pink Motorola Razr phone hooked to the boot, are inspiring the next generation. Or at least, they’re inspiring viral social media posts and Instagram accounts dedicated solely to documenting her outfits.