As 2015 draws to a close (we know, we can’t believe it either), we thought it might be fun to look back at the year and pull together a list of our top fashion moments! We have squeezed it into a top 10, and here they are!
1) Alessandro Michele for Gucci. This years fashion crown undeniably goes to the incredible Alessandro Michele, the man who this time last year no one had ever heard of, and who is now the worlds hottest designer. Michele has single handedly reversed the ailing fortunes of one of fashions biggest powerhouses, and made Gucci the brand that everyone wants a piece of.
2) Kim Kardashian may have “broken the internet” with her cover for Paper Magazine, but these guys dominated peoples Instagram feeds for days after they stormed the Valentino runway back in March. True fashion Icons, Hansel and Derek Zoolander were all people could talk about for weeks and they made headlines across the world.
3) Rihanna is well known for her avant guard red carpet looks, often championing up and coming designers and offering them a fast track to fashion super stardom, and this year she did not disappoint. She was the stand out look at this years Met Ball in an Imperial yellow Haute Couture gown by Guo Pei. The dress (which took 2 years to make) introduced Guo Pei to an international audience and thrust the Chinese Haute Couture industry into the limelight.
4) This years winning front cover undeniably goes to Vanity Fair with their amazing cover story “Call me Caitlyn”. Although not necessarily a “fashion moment” Caitlyn Jenner has undeniably changed attitudes towards the Transgender community forever, and with her Zac Posen downs and Cindy Crawford-esque looks, she definitely deserves a mention.
5) Love him or hate him, John Galliano is fashion royalty, and a genius. His inexcusable xenophobic remarks saw him loose his position and Dior and forced him into exile for months. Since then he has slowly been making his way back into the limelight, and has vowed that during his months alone he has worked on himself, and has come back a better person. This year he was appointed as the creative director of Maison Margiela and reduced some of the fashion press to tears with his stunning debut collection. Everyone deserves a second chance, and honestly, the fashion industry was not the same without him.
6) Fashion recently has been youth obsessed, the models and the designers seem to be getting younger and younger (or we are just getting older and older?). Therefore Céline provided us with a refreshing change back in January when they revealed the 80 year old writing legend as the star of its latest campaign. Fashion is for everyone, and it was great to see a brand like Céline reminding us of that fact.
7) We have written a lot about the “fashion merry-go-round” recently, designers seem to be playing a constant game of musical chairs, but the appointment that raised the most eyebrows so far was that of Demna Gvasalia as the creative director of Balenciaga. The appointment launched him into the spot light and turned his own brand, Vetements, into the hottest label in on the planet.
8) It is becoming increasingly difficult for brands to really stand out during the mammoth fashion months that we are now subjected to. Brands are having to come up with increasingly wild ways of presenting their wares, and sometimes collections get a bit lost underneath all the gimmicks. Not so for Mr Marc Jacobs, who’s Spring / Summer 2016, presented on a Red Carpet no less, was undeniably the show of the year. No one was sure what life post Louis Vuitton would be like for the designer, but if that collection is anything to go by, it is going very well!
9) Much is made of celeb selling power, certain celebrities can make brands overnight by wearing an item of their clothing, but the most powerful sellers of all are the British Royal Family. Princess Diana, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, and even Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, can cause items of clothing, or beauty products to fly of the shelves in seconds. This year, proving her pulling power from an early age, was Princess Charlotte, youngest member of our Royal Family. The official portraits released of her earlier this month saw her wearing a cute little pink floral number by Spanish brand M & H - the dress sold out instantly around the world!
10) Balmain. This year has really seen the Parisian brand go from strength to strength. Olivier Rousteig proved himself to be a real 21st century designer, dominating the all important social media platforms as well as creating smash collection after smash collection. The brands collaboration with H&M was a huge commercial success as well as an incredibly marketing ploy, introducing the design house to a whole new Jenner/Kardashian audience.
So those are out top 10 fashion moments of 2015, we are sure there are many many more. Let us know your favourite moments by tweeting us at @eleanorjcalder and @maxhurd !