The BEST Fashion Moments Of 2014
The year 2014 brought with it many highs and lows in fashion. It ranged from the tragic death of L’Wren Scott and Oscar De La Renta, to superb come back news from John Galliano and all the Chanel shows that made a wonderful difference in our fashion hungry lives. So today we officially bid 2014 farewell with highlights of the best fashion moments of 2014 according to my list.
1. Lupita N’yongo Wins An Oscar Wearing Custom Prada
She was the Best Dressed woman at the Academy Awards and one of the most stylish celebrities of the year. Lupita turned heads wherever she went and at the Academy Awards she made a huge statement in her reincarnation of the Cinderella dress with a modern twist, in her baby blue custom Prada gown . Head bands and edgy Afro hair cuts were also on the rise because of her ever evolving Afro hairstyles but this dress and her big win on the Oscar night pitched her fashion and style stardom over the edge.
2. North West Becomes The World’s Youngest Fashion Icon
Of all the babes in the world, none has had a year quite like North West. From her magazine debut in the CR Fashion Book and US Vogue, to her attendance to the most high profile shows for fashion week and her epic fashion statements at only one year old, she is well on her way to becoming a fashion heiress. North has her own personal stylist and has the world’s most sort after designers running after her. Of course with parents like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, it is no surprise that North may very well be the most famous child presently alive.
3. Budding Icon FKA Twigs lands her first Vogue Spread
British born singer/musician FKA Twigs is one of the current rising stars with a stark point of view in her music. As quirky as her sound is, so to is her style and fashion. She’s worked a massive amount of old and new trends into her personal style which has easily placed her in the “one to watch” in fashion category. US Vogue did not waste anytime getting the young starlet lensed by Partick Demarchelier for a spread in their January issue, as FKA’s style has already been getting major attention from everyone. The best part about FKA Twigs is that everything from her sound to her wardrobe is weird but feels entirely effortless. Her trademark seems to be a fusion of many Afro-centric hairstyles from different eras, braided , locked and twisted all of which she’s made her own.
4. Alexander Wang x H&M Collaboration
Alexander Wang’s collaboration launch with H&M was probably the best launch of any of the collaborations of the retail store. Alexander Wang put on a massive show at the H&M store in Time square that was plagued by celebrities and tonnes of musicians. The whole affair was quite the party and the clothes was basically a walk into the future of next level athleisure that was perhaps the stores most successful designer collaboration of the year.
5. Every Single Chanel Show Was AMAZING
Did I ever mention that I want to be just like Karl Lagerfeld when I grow up? The man is a creative genius that goes centuries ahead of his time. This year Chanel’s Spring/Summer , Autumn/Winter, Haute Couture and Cruise shows had a marvelous depth of unearthly creativity intertwined with social responsibility. You had the debut of fashion’s first ever supermarket trademarked with only Chanel goods, you had the most high fashion feminist march taking place with models clad in Chanel luxury and a Resort Collection show with a traditional middle eastern setting to die for and the shows didn’t stop there as Chanel closed off the year with their 2015 Métiers d’Art Paris‑Salzburg collection. Chanel were definitely the MVP this year.
6. Solange Knowles Wedding Editorials Were A Smash Hit
Solange Knowles’ nuptial to new hubby Alan Ferguson almost completely shut down the internet when their official wedding photos surfaced. Rog Walker who lensed the editorial captured the unconventional wedding in photos that looked like something out of a dream. There were many mixed views as some controversial comments were made about Solange’s choice to wear her natural hair in a huge Afro , shying away from sleek tresses. Her wedding gown which was custom designed by Humberto Leon for Kenzo was what also set the madness off, setting the tone for the ‘Royal’ all white affair.
7. Rihanna Becomes The New Creative Director For Puma
Puma made an extremely smart move at the end of 2014 by making one of the world’s most popular musicians the creative director of the brand. Rihanna , who is already a world renowned fashion icon in her own right is now at the helm of the sports house’s designs and creative direction and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for the “new” puma lovers (a.k.a The Navy). What we do know is Rihanna is a power house with a massive influence and keen eye for what works and what doesn’t. Though she may be extreme at times, this new job at Puma may be just the avenue she needs to totally express her creative self apart from music.
8.John Galliano Returns To Fashion
It’s the news we were all waiting on. John Galliano is back and with a big bang as he is announced the creative director of Maison Martin Margiela. Galliano whose career has had quite a tumultuous spiral downwards due to substance abuse and alcoholism saw himself dismissed from Dior in 2011 and has been struggling ever since to make a full come back. As it cannot be ignored that John Galliano is one of the best designers of all time, this come back into fashion and design is one of great jubilation for Galliano devotees and his debut collection for Maison’s Spring Summer showing is already one of the most highly anticipated events of the Spring Summer 2015 season. Welcome back.
9. The Metropolitan Museum Renamed The Costume Institute After Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour , fashion’s high priestess was given an incredible dedication in the year 2014. Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art has recognized Anna’s work with The Metropolitan Museum by renaming The Costume Institute , The Anna Wintour Costume Center. She was presented with the dedication by none other than the First Lady of the United States of America Michelle Obama which was an honour in itself. Anna’s philanthropic work for the Metropolitan Museum has raised a near $125 million for The Costume Institute as she has co-chaired several benefits and secured sponsorship and funding from many events and projects. “Her interest in our mission has allowed us to rise to new levels of growth and prominence. She is an exceptional benefactor, advocate, and friend,” said Mr. Campbell. Anna’s incredible tenor in fashion continues to reign in great strength and creates a healthy challenge to maintain a keen level of excellence in the industries of art and fashion.
10. The CFDA Honours Diversity Activist Bethann Hardison
In June 2014, Bethann Hardison co-founder of the Diversity Coalition, was the recipient of the founder’s award in honour of Eleanor Lambert at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Award ceremony. Bethann who was once a model, later opened her own Management company (Bethann Management) and began doing a substantial amount of work in broadening racial diversity in fashion. Bethann’s strong advocacy for change has been echoed by some of fashion’s most influential women like iconic supermodels Iman and Naomi Campbell and designer turned philanthropist Diane Von Fürstenberg. Here relentless efforts so far has led to more diversification of models and celebrities gracing the covers of Vogue, the fashion week runways that they perhaps were never seen on before and seasonal brand ad campaigns featuring more women of colour. Bethann no doubt has and continues to leave her mark on the industry breaking down much needed race barriers so that equality can truly reign freely in an industry that for too long has only “claimed” to nurture it and 2014 was a definite breakthrough.