Christine Centenera, Editor of Vogue Australia, attending the Chloe show during Paris Fashion Week in an awesome Matrix-inspired ensemble - March 1, 2018 Christine Centenera, Editor of Vogue Australia, attending the Chloe show during Paris Fashion Week in an awesome Matrix-inspired ensemble - March 1, 2018

Fashion is having a major flashback to the early aughts.

It’s gone way beyond the tiny glasses. Full fledged, head-to-toe Matrix garb straight out of the turn-of-the-millennium movie franchise is making us all “believe the unbelievable.” Namely, that this early-2000s aesthetic is back and sweeping modern streets!

Your eyes aren’t fooling you. Simple, paired down lines and solid, dark color schemes are the major indicators of this look.

Add in some floor-grazing layers, maybe a futuristic belt, and the result is unmistakable. Fashionistas are channeling Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus and making us all question (virtual?) reality in the process.

To fully appreciate this trend, you’ve got to keep in mind the cultural backdrop. At this moment, the probability that we’re all actually in a simulation looks a lot more likely than it did when The Matrix first came out in 1999. (Just ask Elon Musk.)

The series was a huge hit back then, of course, and almost singlehandedly spawned the fervor for small sunglasses that reigned during that period of time. But only now are we denizens of the 21st century realizing just how ahead of its time the trios of films really was.

And how are we expressing this cultural awakening? With a second iteration of micro sunnies and head to toe Matrix clothing to go along with our chic shades.

The trend dovetails nicely with the separate-but-related, super shiny black vinyl trend. Entering its second straight year of solid trending, the high gloss material vividly recalls Trinity’s mindbendingly reflective Matrix costume.

Slip on a pair of sharp, impenetrable Matrix sunnies and everything starts to look a little different, doesn’t it? — jas