The NYC and LA It girls who ruled the Noughties social scene

Ah the Noughties, the age of Juicy Couture tracksuits, Ugg boots and rhinestone-encrusted flip phones. In case that hasn’t left you feeling quite nostalgic enough, take a trip down memory lane with a look back at some of Tatler’s most beloved NYC and LA It girls, in honour of our legendary May cover star.

  • Paris Hilton

    Tatler’s May cover was the undisputed queen of the US social set. A multi-hyphenate TV sensation, model, entrepreneur and DJ, to name but a few, the international mega-star was a familiar face at the most glamorous nightclubs and events, after bursting on the scene while living in Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel as a teenager. Paris also championed some of the most memorable Noughties trends, from pink velour tracksuits (with flip flops), to low-slung jeans and pocket-sized handbag dogs. Her style may have evolved in the ensuing years, but fortunately she’s retained her love for all things pink – as her irresistible new Tatler cover attests.

  • Nicky Hilton

    Often spotted alongside her big sister when the pair began frequenting the Manhattan party circuit as teenagers, the New York-born, Los Angeles-raised siblings made both cities their playgrounds. Nicky soon fell in with the fashion crowd, becoming a NYFW front-row fixture and going on to making her own debut as a designer in 2004. Now a Tatler Contributing Editor and the wife of James Rothschild (of the famous banking dynasty), Nicky continues to be one of the best connected names around, making waves as a businesswoman, model, designer and philanthropist.

  • Nicole Richie

    The adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie and his former wife Brenda Harvey, Nicole Richie, like the Hilton sisters, grew up in California. She rocketed to fame alongside Paris, when their hit reality TV series The Simple Life made its sensational debut in 2003. The childhood best friends were known for coordinating their outfits as they rocked red carpets and press tours across the US, donning matching tank tops, hot pink mini skirts and cascading blonde extensions, much to the delight of their legions of fans.

  • Kimberly Stewart

    Another long term friend of Paris Hilton’s, Kimberly Stewart is the daughter of rockstar Rod Stewart and his first wife, Alana Stewart. Born in LA, the actress and model spent her teen years on the same social scene as the Hilton sisters. And unsurprisingly considering her parentage, she certainly knew how to have fun, often captured giggling alongside Paris at the glitziest events. The pair were so close that Stewart was even tipped as a potential replacement for Nicole Richie in the fourth season of The Simple Life, although the rumoured swap never actually materialised.

  • Mischa Barton

    Nothing says Noughties quite like The OC, and Mischa Barton, who starred as super-rich cool girl Marissa Cooper, was as idolised on the party circuit as she was in the cult TV show. Born in London, her family relocated to New York when Barton was a child. The British-American actress thereafter straddled the London, LA and Manhattan social scenes, rarely without the paparazzi flocking in her wake.

  • Lindsay Lohan

    Everyone loves a wild child, and American actress Lindsay Lohan was as wild as they come back in the day. Already a familiar face thanks to The Parent Trap, she shot to superstardom after the millennium in a string of big screen hits like Freaky Friday, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and – most memorably of all – Mean Girls. The daughter of a former Wall Street trader, Lohan was born and raised in New York. So she was certainly well placed to know the hottest places to see and be seen in the city, most often while donning some Noughties staples like halter neck tops, trucker hats and pearlescent lip gloss.

  • Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

    Having grown up on screen in the likes of Full House and Two of a Kind, the Olsen twins were entering their teen years just as the Noughties got underway. Born in California, the sisters enrolled at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualised Study in 2004, where they were often spotted around campus in grungy, bohemian-inspired looks. But the twins could do formal-wear too, attending high fashion events like Met Gala and becoming front-row mainstays at NYFW. Mary-Kate and Ashley consolidated their status as part of the fashion set with the founding of their own brand, The Row, in 2006.

  • Chloë Sevigny

    One of the most enduring It girls around, Chloë Sevigny has always possessed a certain, elusive, allure (she was once famously dubbed ‘the coolest girl in the world’ by The New Yorker). Born in Massachusetts, Sevigny moved to Brooklyn as a teenager, quickly becoming au fait with the New York social scene as her career began to take off. The actress and muse successfully navigated a path between indie darling and mainstream success – meaning she popped up everywhere from Hollywood red carpets to niche art exhibition openings.

  • Bijou Phillips

    As the daughter of American singer John Phillips and South African actress Geneviève Waïte, Bijou Phillips was always destined to be an It girl. At just 14, she dropped out of school to move into her own Fifth Avenue apartment (with a housekeeper), living out her wild teen years on the Manhattan party circuit. The model, actress, socialite and singer became known for appearing in hit Noughties films like Almost Famous, which consolidated her status as one to watch in the industry.


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