Fashion reached a new speed in 2014 thanks to Instagram, which with no doubt was the leader of the social media channels. Quantity is indeed better than quality when hashtags unintentionally became the style thermometer tool of what was hot or not. Interesting and unexpected trends were falling over us from every direction: capes, couture sneakers, crop tops, wearable tech and the annoying “normcore,” of course.
Fashion critic Cathy Horyn resigned from The New York Times and Suzy Menkes left — after 25 years — the International New York Times (née Herald Tribune) to become international editor at Vogue. Designer L’Wren Scott committed suicide in her home in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, leaving the whole fashion scene in shock; she was 49.
“Boys Should Get Pregnant Too” was one the signs at the chic protest concept at the Chanel Spring Summer 2015 ready-to-wear show in Paris, and on the theme of liberation, the democratic “wrap dress” — created by Diane von Furstenberg — turned 40 with a much deserved “Journey of a Dress” respective show that finally arrived in U.S. (Los Angeles) after Moscow and Beijing. Bravo TV joined Diane’s celebration season and unleashed “House of DVF,” which by itself unleashed blogger Kier Mellour in her journey to become the brand ambassador of this iconic label. She lost the competition — and swears she is nicer now! The show was good.
Besides so many breasts and nipple cameos, wherever you turned in 2014, Lupita Nyong’o and Taylor Swift were there, completely dominating red carpets looking just stunning with very few misses. If every red carpet or major stage event wasn’t enough, Taylor was back again performing for the second year at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway, and she will end the year shaking it off on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC. Oh my God!!
In the game of bold opportunities, American Apparel hired gay teenager diva dancer Brendan Jordan to be featured in its ad campaign hoping that the “queen” saves the company. Brendan is a hardcore fan of Lady Gaga and now he is living for the applause, applause … I just can’t. The annoying and lasting trend of getting talented designer’s style and molding it for mass consumption reached a new chapter with the collaboration between sublime Alexander Wang and H&M. Can we please stop this?
We could go on and on, but the year is almost over and not everybody knows who Erdem and Tim Coppens are, but don’t worry, you will eventually. So here at TheBlot Magazine, it has been quite interesting to select the best moments of “pop fashion” of 2014 because lately one is fueling the other and vice-versa.
10. #KateMoss does Playboy while #Madonna does Interview
The year started with one of most iconic fashion models in the world on the cover of one of the most famous male magazines to celebrate its 60th anniversary. A bunny suit never looked so good! Madonna, who is now 56, ends the year exposing her fashionable nipples for Interview’s art issue. It seems like yesterday her cone-shaped bras caused a world commotion. Both beauties were photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
For ages, most people have been dressing very casually (or let’s say comfortably) in jeans, athletic shorts and socks, wearing Adidas Stan Smith or anything that would give them a non-style image. Well, somehow someone got hold of the term “norm core” on the “Youth Mode: A Report on Freedom” by New York trend agency K-Hole, and the rest was history. It became a fashion trend without even being a fashion trend — it has to do more with a hyper-adaptable personality that fits in anything rather than to a conscious choice to look “normal.” I must say, it was quite funny watching people trying to look normcore without not even knowing what it meant … because that’s what happens when you lack style.
What does an iconic celebrity wear to receive a “Fashion Icon” award? Like it or not, when Rihanna stepped on the CDFA red carpet “covered” in an Adam Selman dress, it was truly a fashion moment.
7. #JohnGalliano as creative director for Martin Margiela
Galliano’s wishes for a “second chance” has arrived, and the world will take notes when his first collection for Maison Martin Margiela will hit the London scene in January.
6. #PharrellWilliams hat
The hat became a huge joke but it was designed by Vivienne Westwood. Pharrell wore the hat as a tribute to Malcolm McLaren, who was the first to feature it in his “Buffalo Gals” music video in 1983.
5. RIP #JoanRivers and #OscardelaRenta
Oscar de la Renta had one mission in life: to make women look and feel beautiful at society events or on red carpets. He dressed them all. Comedienne Joan Rivers changed red carpet coverage forever; celebrities would dress for her question, “Who are you wearing?” and she became the hostess of the “Fashion Police” TV show on E!. In their own unique way, both are great losses for the fashion scene, and both are missed.
She showed up out of nowhere and snatched up George Clooney, the most coveted bachelor in the world, but Amal Allamuddin redefined what it means to be a “trophy wife.” She is smart, gorgeous, rich … Barbara Walters named her the “Most Fascinating Person of 2014.” Walters also called marrying Clooney “one of the greatest achievements in human history.” Amen! Amal’s wedding dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta.
3. #JuliaRoberts for Givenchy
Our eternal “Pretty Woman” at 47, was in a Givenchy fashion campaign — with no hair or makeup done, just natural and stunning.
2. #KendallJenner & #KimKardarshian fashion scene takeover
You can say whatever you want, you can despise their personal machinery brand and everything else, but the truth is that Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian are fighting their way into the fashion scene with all the weapons available to them — and most of us would do the same if we could. In 2014, Kendall walked in pretty much all the major fashion shows and became the new face of Estée Lauder while her half-sister Kim appeared on a Vogue cover, broke the Internet thanks to her Paper magazine cover and she was also featured with husband Kanye West in the new Pierre Balmain ads. So calm down people, take a deep breath and face reality — they are not going away in 2015.
1. #NicolasGhesquière debuts at LV
Nicolas, the former designer at Balenciaga, delivered the most expected collection of the year with the mission to start a new era at Louis Vuitton. It was a beautiful show with a simple set up, very much the opposite of his predecessor Marc Jacobs.