We just have two days left in the year. Two days. Can someone please tell me where 2014 went? In the fashion world, there no doubt was some interesting moments that happened this year, from the birth of normcore, to the development of wearable tech. I thought I would share what I considered to be the top 14 fashion moments of the year.
14.Out of the Woods
Taylor Swift made a major statement this year with coming out with her first album that doesn’t fall under the country genre. Swift’s album has sounds of the 80s and 90s, which is a refreshing change from the country-pop crossover she is known for. She also made major waves when it came to her style this year. Not only does she shop affordable (her oxblood purse is from Aldo), she has come into her own style wise, complete with her signature red lip.
13. The Year of the Butts
From Meghan Trainor’s hit “All About That Bass” to Kim Kardashian’s magazine cover for Paper magazine, to Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj, this year was no doubt the year of the butt. Trainor and Azalea both had songs about the rear that grew to be hits on the Billboard music charts. Minaj’s “Anaconda” was a hit this year, being a modern variation of “Baby Got Back,” also encouraging a rather large behind. And we can’t forget Kardashian, whose rear grazed the cover of Paper magazine, and almost broke the internet. Going forward into 2015, getting one of these “shelf butts” will be a training goal for many, hence the emphasis on getting your rear in gear.
12. 15 Minutes of Fame
There were many red carpet moments to be had this year. Lupita Nyong’o, the Academy Award winning actress for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, absolutely slayed the red carpet at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes, making her not only an actress, but a style icon as well. Jennifer Lawrence continued to shine this year, not only on the red carpet, but also as the new face of Dior; her ad campaign came out this fall. Lastly, we can’t forget Mrs. Clooney, Amal Alamuddin, who possible had the wedding of the year. Her style has been on point this year, making her a true style icon.
A new trend that has come out of the woodwork this year has been athleisure (in Colorado, it’s the style norm). Athleisure is basically athletic wear that has crossed the line into leisure wear, being worn outside the gym and on the street. It has been making its way into many ready-to-wear collections of many designers. Alexander Wang’s collaboration with H&M is athleisure at its finest.
10. It’s Marsala, Baby
Marsala was named 2015 color of the year by Pantone. Kylie Jenner has already been a pioneer for this trend, starting in her lip color. I recently acquired a lip color in marsala, and it is a nice, muted change compared to the other bright and bold shades I have. We’ll be seeing it a lot in the cosmetics and clothing next year, and even some home décor elements.
9. The Men Have It
It’s the guy’s turn to take the fashion stage. Not only are men taking a greater interest in fashion, they are becoming the focus of attention. Pharrell Williams made a statement with his infamous Vivienne Westwood hat, the sparked the large hat trend. President Obama also made a statement with his tan suit, something we haven’t seen for a while, with a bit of a vintage vibe.
8. That’s so 70s
For spring 2015, the trend across the board is heavily inspired by the Age of Aquarius. Suede, fringe, maxi dresses, and bell bottoms grazed the runways in New York, London, Paris and Milan. Rather than being a legitimate revival of the decade, it’s a modern interpretation which chic takes on 70s classics, so be prepared to soak up some of what the 70s has to offer this spring.
7. The Dynamic Duo
Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne have been the true dynamic duo in modeling this year. Jenner has made a name for herself, walking in many designer shows across all fashion weeks, both in the spring and in the fall. Delevingne is modeling’s “it” girl, both on and off the runway. Together, there is no telling what these two can do.
6. The Last of the Lincoln Center
It was announced that the fall fashion week show in February will be the last to happen at the Lincoln Center in New York. There was speculation earlier in the fall that IMG was going to be leaving Lincoln Center, but now it’s officially happening. The issue has to do with the Lincoln Center and the park surrounding it being public property of the city, which fashion week is a rather exclusive event. Not to worry, designers are already taking matters into their own hands and relocating to other parts of Manhattan and surrounding Burroughs.
5. Feminist Fashion
Feminism was probably one of the most shared ideas and word this year. Emma Watson brought awareness to it with her He For She campaign, which gained support from many women and men all over the world. During fashion week in Paris this last fall, there was a staged protest in the middle of Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel show. It’s no secret that we are getting closer in securing gender equality in this country.
4. Rihanna as CFDA Style Icon
Rihanna was this year’s winner of the CFDA Style Icon Award. Rihanna is not afraid to take risks when it comes to fashion and is known for pulling off some of the most outrageous pieces of clothing. Even her dress for the CFDA Awards was a risk!
I’m sure you all remember normcore, the trend where you are supposed to dress like you came straight from the 1990s, complete with Birkenstocks (another big trend this year!), mom jeans, baseball caps and Patagonia jackets. The idea is to fit in with your clothing and let your personality shine through. Most of these ideas developed as the year went on, but normcore got big buzz from magazines and celebrities alike.
2. All About the Tech
Technology and fashion are joining forces to create the growing trend of wearable technology. This is being seen in mainly accessories, just so designers can get a sense of how it will fare in the market place. Rebecca Minkoff, Opening Ceremony and Tory Burch are all on board with this, creating accessories that can charge your phone or connect to your phone via Bluetooth. Ralph Lauren is even experimenting with nanotechnology in clothing, as seen at the U.S. Open. We can’t forget Apple’s iWatch that is supposed to be released early next year. It’s an area that is projected to grow exponentially in the next five years.
1. Remembering Oscar
The world was shocked in October when they lost famed designer Oscar de la Renta. Known for his elegant and glamorous ballgowns, the man was a legend in the fashion world. He held onto his company, which he was going to be letting go of, until the very end. We’ll see what the future holds for his company and if any young up and coming designers will fill his giant, yet stylish shoes.
That’s a wrap for 2014 in fashion! Let’s see what 2015 brings us! Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!