2014: The Year in Fashion

Fashion in 2014 was more bold and effervescent than ever. Individuality came to the forefront, which lead to a positive and inventive outlook on style. Before 2014 becomes last year’s news, lets relive the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. See you next year.

Top Trends

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Looks from Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014, Celine Spring 2014, Etro Fall 2014, Saint Laurent Fall 2014, Alexander Wang for H&M

Sheer Perfection: Racy little numbers that bared all appeared on runways all over the world. When done in beautiful pastel hues and lace, a là Burberry, this trend can be elegant with just the right amount of naughtiness.

Painter Prints: These lively strokes of genius are modern pieces of wearable art.

The Nomad: For their collections, designers in 2014 drew inspiration from far off places like Morocco and India. Through rich textiles and a more is more attitude, they evoked a certain exotic intrigue that inspired the free spirit in all of us.

The Mod Squad: Babydoll silhouettes paired with androgynous accents, a style popularized in the 60’s, was the “it” look for fall-winter 2014. What was old is now new again.

Athleisure: 2014 will forever be known as the year high fashion went comfortable. Athliesure is the most of-the-moment style inspired and driven by the impossible effortlessness of off-duty models. However, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill Lululemon yoga pants; Athleisure is comprised of couture athletic wear that is socially acceptable for you to wear on the go.

Trend Predictions for 2015

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Gingham Gone Gorgeous: Seen at Altuzarra, 1970’s: Seen at Emilio Pucci, Warm Weather Leather: Seen at Miu Miu, Luxe Utilitarian: Seen at Marc Jacobs, Couture goes Street: Seen at Dior    

Going into 2015, designers may have swapped artsy prints for good girl gingham and jumped a decade from 60’s to 70’s; but the rebellious spirit of pushing fashion forward remains the same.

Best Dressed of 2014

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Most Improved: Taylor Swift broke out of her shell in 2014. Long gone are the sad breakup songs, and with them went her monotonous, timid ensembles. This year, Taylor Swift rolled out the pop hits; got a chic, new bob; and found her niche in gorgeous, retro glam.

Best Newcomer: Its safe to say that everything Lupita Nyong’o touches turns to gold. This 2014 breakout star stunned both on screen, in the critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave, and on the red carpet, in bold silhouettes and rich hues. Her nonstop record for exquisite looks proves why she is fashion’s golden girl.

Best Bad Girl: Cara Delevingne’s outrageous personality and killer good looks are just a few of the many reasons why the world, me included, is so obsessed with her. The supermodel’s no-holds-barred ensembles  are eye catching and always leave us wanting more.

Most Decorated Pro: Whether at the airport in skinnies and a tailored jacket or dining at Windsor Castle in a pristine, draped gown, Cate Blanchett is the epitome of elegance. Her unrivaled talent, timeless beauty, and charming disposition are what makes her an icon of Hollywood and style.

Best Chameleon: As the reigning queen of fashion, Rihanna never fails to surprise us. She can rock a ladylike, satin mini one day and a edgy, sheer gown the next. The only thing that would shock us now is if Rihanna ceased to shock us.

Funniest Fashion Meme of 2014

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Who knew that the all white Dior gown Jennifer Lawrence wore to the Golden Globes would spark a world wide phenomenon? Although the famed ensemble was a Haute Couture creation from the label’s fall collection, millions of people showed how to get the look for less: A white bedsheet or tablecloth wrapped around the body and fasted by two bands black tape. Everyone from Arrow’s Colton Haynes to an adorable Puggle joined in on the act, later known as “Lawrencing.”

Must Have Accessories of 2014

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No matter where we went in 2014, we couldn’t escape these fabulous accessories.

Dior Necklace: Dior’s ethereal wreath necklace is a fresh take on jewelry that perfectly resembles a garden of paradise.

Burberry Prorsum Wrap: The ever-chic monogrammed blankets, draped across supermodels at Burberry, inspired a new trend of relaxed outerwear.

Fendi Karlito: Fendi’s miniature and furry tribute to it’s creative director was the highlight of every au courant woman’s Instagram feed.

Chanel Tweed Sneakers: The haute sneakers seen at Chanel were less sweat and treadmills and more No. 5 and Paris Fashion Week.

Louis Vuitton Petite Malles Nicolas Ghesquière’s lust worthy mini trunks for Louis Vuitton were spotted everywhere from the pages of Vogue to the arms of Hollywood’s A-list.

Goodbye to Three Legends

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The Comedian: Joan Rivers revolutionized both fashion and entertainment with her razor sharp humor, wonderful charisma, and lively spirit.   

The Actress: Screen siren, Lauren Bacall, was a one-of-kind talent whose enigmatic charm inspired many hit films.

The Designer: Oscar de la Renta’s joie de vivre and fairy-tale like creations are what made him such an extraordinary icon.

The Ripple Effect

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Jason Wu arrives at Boss, Jeremy Scott arrives at Moschino, Nicolas Ghesqière arrives at Louis Vuitton, Anthony Vaccarello arrives at Versus Versace, Peter Copping Leaves Nina Ricci and heads to Oscar de la Renta, Christophe Lemaire leaves Hermes

In 2014, many prominent creative directors participated in a game of musical chairs. Some, like Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta, ended their cherished tenures; to be followed up by the likes of Nicolas Ghesquière and Peter Copping. Others, like Jeremy Scott arriving at Moschino and Jason Wu at Boss, were brought on to revive and revamp struggling labels. Either way, this ripple effect keeps fashion on its toes and people at the edge of their seats.

Most Shocking News

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Christian Dior Fall-Winter 2009 Haut Couture, Christian Dior Fall-Winter 2011 Haute Couture, John Galliano, Maison Martin Margiela Fall 2009, Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2013

News of John Galliano’s return to fashion sent shockwaves throughout the world. After his awful anti-semitic rant in Paris, Galliano’s famed career at Christian Dior came to a brutal end. Except for a brief stint at Oscar de la Renta, Galliano has been in exile ever since. Now, the former king of couture is set to take the creative director position at Maison Martin Margiela. Everyone is eagerly waiting to see how John Galliano will fare at the French house; and if he can successfully design for its much less flamboyant costumer. Is the fashion industry ready to forgive? Toon in to see…

Best Up and Coming Designer of 2014

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Rosie Assoulin is 2014’s hottest new designer. Her modern and unique adaptations of classic shapes opened to outstanding reviews and a new set of celebrity clientele. Whether it’s a sleek shirtdress or a cleverly draped gown, Assoulin’s creations are both sophisticated and surprising. Rosie Assoulin is on the fast track to becoming a major fashion player, definitely one to watch.

Best Fashion Exhibit

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The Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art made the previously unrecognized couturier a household name. What made this particular show so exquisite was its in-depth look at the complex structures of James’ timeless creations. Dubbed as “the greatest talent of [his] generation” by none other than Christian Dior himself, Charles James was a truly rare designer who played a vital role in fashion. Now, because of the exhibit, James gets the credit he rightfully deserves.

Biggest Obsession

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At just one-years-old, North West is already living the lavish life of a Kardashian. The tiny tot’s spoils were the subject of our attention in 2014, can you blame us? Who doesn’t want to read about West’s custom made, designer duds or her front row spot at Givenchy and Balenciaga? Kim and Kanye have big competition for most famous Kardashian because so far, North takes the cake.

Biggest Statement

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Perhaps the biggest trend of 2014 was feminism. Unlike other trends, feminism is not defined by a certain look or quality, but an overall feeling. A feeling of empowerment, creativity, and audacity. As with most things in fashion, this trend was led by Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and Beyoncè. Chanel’s spring collection and the feminist riot that closed it, were perfect showcases of the bold statement that fashion is making. With vibrant hues and gorgeous shapes, the women in this movement are not sacrificing their femininity, but instead making it more pronounced. Clothes that amp up the femininity, minus the desperate looking sluttishness, prove the beauty and strength that is woman. Beyoncè, the unofficial official feminist ruler, embodies every quality of the new feminist. A music mogul who built an empire from nothing; and never once had to choose between femininity and authority. Queen B’s influential VMA stunt and hit songs like “Flawless” are empowering women everywhere to roar instead of whisper. Feminism isn’t going away any time soon; and I predict that it will be even louder and bolder in 2015.

Happy New Year! Here’s to more health, happiness, and style in 2015.

AS

The Chic Peak

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