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Five ways ‘Zoolander’ predicted the fashion future

Onesies and selfie‐faces and the homeless look – here’s how ridiculously good‐looking male model Derek Zoolander forecast today’s fashion trends in 2001

Written by
Kate Lloyd

It’s 15 years since the first ‘Zoolander’ movie was released. The 2001 fashion satire managed to be both stupendously silly and also so true to life that it’s now fashion’s favourite movie, beloved by fashion designers and magazine editors. With Derek and Hansel making their return to the big screen this week, here are the ways the original predicted the fashion future.

1. Derelicte


A photo posted by Ricki Hall (@rickisamhall) on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:31am PST

The first movie sees evil villain Mugatu (Will Ferrell) presenting a collection of clothes inspired by the outfits of homeless people, Derelicte. At the time this seemed totally offensive and ridiculous, but last year a top beardy male model was declared ‘the ultimate hipster’ after revealing: ‘I take style tips from everything, even kids and homeless people. They can put anything together and it just works.’



Onesies Towards the start of the first film, Derek is shown hanging out with his model mates wearing a kid‐like penguin romper. Fast‐forward more than a decade and Cara Delevingne’s commitment to Kigus made onesies a must-have.

4. Zen culture


Stretch it out 😉

A photo posted by Miranda (@mirandakerr) on Feb 2, 2016 at 10:08am PST

We can’t confirm or deny whether major fashion models have adopted Hansel’s orgy lifestyle. His passion for yoga, juicing and quoting spiritual mantras is very Instagram 2016, though. The likes of the Victoria’s Secret models and #eatclean bloggers are all about promoting the zen life. All while wearing Prada, of course.


The turtleneck

Derk Zoolander, drake and turtleneck

All we’re saying is Drake’s look in the Hotline Bling video is very reminiscent of the early ‘Zoolander’ promo shots.

Read our review of Zoolander 2

Zoolander 2
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Film
  • Comedy

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