Fashion in the 21st century can seem like a grab-bag of 20th century classics.

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Every decade leaves its mark on fashion past. The '20s put flapper dresses on the book. The '40s gave us women's menswear. The '50s brought midis; the '60s saw minis and Pucci prints; the '70s ushered in the hippie-bohemian look and the '80s kicked off girly punk. The '90s let us down a bit with combat boots and grunge but inspired, happily, a backlash: The millennium's woman is all woman.

The first decade of the 21st century has been a feminine one, with curve-hugging jeans and minis paired with flowing tops, sexy platforms and pink, so much pink. Even the later-decade's bold, bright primaries work to highlight, not hide. But even in all this there is the question: What will the first decade of the millennium leave on the books? Because certainly "womanly" has been done by other designers in other times.

So what's the look of the '00s? It's an interesting question, with an even more interesting answer: The millennial fashion statement reveals a pretty surprising cultural statement -- maybe even a rebellion.

But it's not the kind of rebellion we've seen before ...