If I’m forced to relive 2000s fashion, it’s just that “High School Musical” is coming back
I wish I could capture the excitement of settling down to watch the latest Disney Channel Original Movie on Friday, January 20, 2006. I had just finished a day of eighth grade. I was probably weeks away from making the C basketball team. Low-rise jeans were all the rage, and I didn’t want to play the lead in the musical because I wanted to take a band rather than a choir. The necklaces were layered and long enough to tuck into your jeans. I had finally gotten myself a straightener and started burning my poor wavy locks.
I desperately wanted to grow up, but I also didn’t want to miss a new Disney Channel Original Movie. From the first duo at the ski lodge, I fell in love with musical high school– and apparently everyone else too. nearly 8 million people watched it with me that Friday night. It spawned three feature film sequels, a stage adaptation, and a fictional TV series that gave us the talented Ms. Olivia Rodrigo.
And now I’m being teased by the stars of the original movie.
First, three weeks ago, Vanessa Hudgens posted this photo on Instagram. She’s at East High, wearing a rosary that looks like a T. For Troy???
Then today, on a slow news FRIDAY, Zac Efron posted this:
“Don’t you… Forget me ✊🏼” is the caption. To forget you ?? How could I, Zac??
How could I forget a time when everything in my life was much simpler? I had not gone out. I hadn’t gone to high school yet or I was heartbroken. I hadn’t even been told yet that I was terrible at basketball.
Additionally, the sartorial vision of that exact era has returned with a vengeance. Low waist jeans started trying to make the hip bones visible again. Baby t shirts and microskirts, which less than one percent of the population can actually wear, appear on vanity lounge covers and Tik Tok. I can’t seem to escape the fashion of things, so it’s only fitting that I can return to one of the defining works of art of that era.
In short: if you’re kidding me, it’s really the wrong time to do it. I desperately need what you’re teasing.