2014: A Year in Fashion
The end of 2014 is approaching fast. What have we learnt? What have we seen? What shocked us? What saddened us? What inspired us? What thrilled us to pieces?
Below is a calendar of 2014’s key events in the fashion world.
It was the month in which… The 56th Grammy award ceremony started the year in sweet style raising the bar for future events to follow. Highlights included Beyonce’s white Michael Costello gown, Pink’s radical red number and Katy Perry’s musical note Valentino creation.
It was the month in which… Kendal Jenner made her model debut for Marc Jacobs. The 18 year old, sister of Kim Kardashian, wore a cropped bob and sheer top for the designer’s AW14 collection. Marc Jacobs’ dreamy, surreal catwalk show was certainly a highlight of New York Fashion week.
It was the month in which… the fashion world lost one of it’s most respected designers L’Wren Scott (Laura Bambrough). Famous for her little black dresses including the iconic headmistress dress (worn by the likes of Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker) and her successful collaborations with brands such as Lancome and Banana Republic . This model, fashion designer, costume designer and global inspiration is sorely missed.
It was the month in which… Lupita Nyong’o was named the most beautiful woman of the year by People’s magazine following her shot to fame through the ’12 Years A Slave’ film. Later in April, she became the face of Miu Miu’s eyewear campaign. A very successful month for the global actress. This success has continued all year- lets hope it carries on to 2015 too!
It was the month in which… Marimekko announced its collaboration with Banana Republic. The Swedish brand is famous for its iconic 60’s floral print which has been seen on various furniture items, and by teaming up with Banana Republic the collaboration produced both clothes and accessories – sending fashion fans into a psychedelic floral frenzy.
It was the month in which… the world of fashion was shocked and silenced with envy when Rihanna wore that oh-so-sheer dress to the CFDAs designed by Adam Selman. Covered in 216,000 Swarovski crystals, this dress caused glittering global controversy.
It was the month in which… it was announced that Beyonce’s iconic clothing collection would be showcased as part of a special edition in the Rock Hall of Fame Museum. Think golden bodysuits and lots of diva energy entering the fashion world.
It was the month in which… Angelina Jolie and Christian Louboutin announced that the shoes created for the Maleficent film for the role of the evil fairy would be recreated and released for public purchase. This sparked mass shoe excitement among fairy tale fans.
It was the month in which… London Fashion Week showcased its SS15 collections. Edrem went wild in a jungle themed catwalk, Topshop went super sporty and sheer material was shown by all.
It was the month in which… the Dominican-American Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died from cancer. He will be remembered as a huge contributor to the world of fashion. His work has proved very popular with high profile figures including first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama and global actors Audrey Hepburn and Nicole Kidman.
It was the month in which…. H&M launched their range with Alexander Wang – one of our favorite collaborations of the year. The chic and sport collection emphasized the trend of ‘Athleisure’ (when designer sportswear is worn not just for exercise!). Think bold, beautiful and brilliant. Great for a ‘New Year, New You’ mindset.
It was the month in which… leading fashion house Gucci announced the departure of its chief executive and creative director following a decrease in sales and ‘label fatigue’. Famous for its signature loafers which sell for up to £4,000, the brand announced last year its slowest growth in sales as a result of lower spending in the Chinese and Russian markets.
WHAT WILL 2015 BRING?