As we roll in to 2015 and eagerly prepare for the arrival of the AW15 catwalk shows in February, we are looking back at our favourite fashion moments of 2014. From Kimmy K breaking the internet with her unexpected cover shoot, to Chanel giving a whole new reputation to fast food. You’ll find our pick of the best and most noteworthy below.
- Kim and Kayne’s Vogue Cover Shoot
Anna Wintour became swiftly unpopular among fashion industry insiders and Vogue worshippers when she chose, rather controversially, to give Kim K the style spotlight she’s always dreamed of; a silky Vogue cover shoot and her own personal hashtag.
Worried that Vogue’s squeaky clean high-end reputation had been dashed, subscribers sent some serious disapproval to the magazine’s social media platforms – claiming that they would rather boycott Vogue forever than buy into the tabloid culture that Kimmy represents. Some were so buried in denial that they convinced themselves it was an April Fool’s joke! Oh Anna, we think Kim and Kayne rather suited cover-shoot chic.
2. Kendall Jenner
Sending a wave of shock through the fashion world, we all suspected that Kendall Jenner’s appearance on the Marc Jacobs runway for autumn/winter 2014 was a bit of a one-moment-wonder – a clever stunt perhaps. Reality TV star turned high-end model? Unlikely, right?! Wrong! The fresh-faced beauty sent us, along with her 14m Instagram followers, into several hundred frenzies of jealousy with her #WokeUpLikeDis selfies before gracing the catwalks of Chanel and Givenchy and going on to land spring/summer 2015 gigs with Dolce & Gabbana, Diane Von Furstenberg, Balmain and Tommy Hilfiger. Sorry we doubted you Kendall. You carry on doing your thing!
3. Fast Fashion
Who could forget the iconic moment that Moschino sent squishy red and yellow happy meal handbags down the runway for autumn/winter 2014? The likes of Anna Dello Russo, Miley Cyrus and Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad embraced the trend almost immediately – being snapped in head-to-toe logo throughout fashion month. Who knew that the day would come when Moschino met Mcdonalds for full-on fashion gratification? And without the calories!
4. Supermarket a la Chanel
Chanel’s AW14 catwalk was a thing of dreams. Having transformed the Grand Palais into a totally branded supermarket, Lagerfeld’s luxurious tweed suiting, metallic trousers and layered, multi-strand pearls walked confidently to the sound of Lady Gaga and Rhianna in what looked like a perfectly-normal supermarket scene. Models carried shopping baskets crafted of Chanel’s iconic chains while browsing the aisles full of Chanel branded products – from pearl-studded milk carton handbags that read Lait de Coco to everyday juices, cereals, fizzy drinks and household items. Thanks Karl for making food shopping glamorous in 2014!
5. RIP Oscar
Icon and vision Oscar de la Renta passed away in 2014 aged 82. Known for dressing the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Hilary Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman and most recently Amal Clooney, Oscar de le Renta has been a driving force in the fashion industry for four decades. Movie stars adored him, never failing to light up the red carpet in his stunning designs. He will be missed.
Unless you were living on a different planet, you’ll have noticed the sneaker craze that sent fashion-lovers into a spiral of obsession in 2014. I blame Karl Lagerfeld, for convincing us that trainers are high fashion – suitable for wearing with just about anything, ball gowns included. This performance shoe took the spotlight just as years of wearing stiletto heels took its toll on our feet, and the fashion world breathed a sigh of relief as it slipped its toes into the squishy, supportive sole of a Nike favourite. Lanvin, Givenchy, Saint Laurent and Celine all took the wheel of the trend train and drove trainers miles away from workout gear, giving them studded embellishments and metallic detailing fit for a designer wardrobe of dreams.
7. Wearable Tech
Yup, the fashion world is advancing in front of our eyes and soon we’re all going to be coordinating our clutch bags with our Apple iWatches and walking around with our wrists attached to our ears. This tech sector has designers fighting for the spotlight, desperate to get the next big thing in fashion under their names. Ultimate businessman Lord Sugar even cottoned on to the trend when he requested his candidates to design a piece of wearable technology in a grueling episode of BBC 1’s The Apprentice. What with Google’s Glasses and Ralph Lauren’s Tech Shirt that monitors biometric data during exercise, it’s only a matter of time before we’re all living inside our own personal computer screens…
Apparently the most Googled trend in 2014. Conventional, casual, androgynous – these are just a few of the words thrown around to describe the new trend Normcore, which is essentially “detail-free design” (thanks for clearing that one up Vogue). Normcore style is bland, but in a good way. Some loved the grey/navy/black colour ways and the decision to fit in rather than stand out, others critised the trend for being anti-British – after all, we’re all about individuality right? There’s no need to get into a pickle over this trend, just throw on your favourite jeans and a tee-shirt and you’ll nail it. No pressure.
9. Solange’s Wedding
If there was ever a moment worthy of Instagram, it’s this one – snapped by Beyonce herself in celebration of her sister’s picture-perfect wedding to Alex Ferguson. The chic and sophisticated wedding featured all white everything, from the bride’s floor-skimming cape dress by Humberto Leon for Kenzo down to the rather revealing jumpsuit and flower-dressed bicycle that she arrived on. With Solange looking all ethereal and dominant in her cape dress, even her goddess sister somehow fits into the background. Good news for the first-time bride who had to have Beyonce in her wedding photos.
10. Barely-there (in every sense of the phrase)
Need I say more?
Do you have a favourite fashion moment of 2014?
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