I am convinced there are already so many lists as authors,still, i am presenting my personal idea of what was indeed crucial regarding fashion and fashion world in general, in 2013.Hope you find something interesting in the structure of the list!
John Galliano turns guest fashion editor for Vogue UK December 2013 issue along with his best friend and supporter Kate Moss.It was the moment that pinned Galliano back to the map of current fashion affairs.A talent of his grandeur can’t be easily overcomed and 2014 has much to come regarding Mr Galliano.
Marc Jacobs’ sombre goodbye to Louis Vuitton in October after 16 years in the influential post of creative director.By creating a pret-a-porter line and statement accessories,Marc Jacobs was the one to raise L.V sales to a considerable number,still his leaving was an act of necessity as the House had been seeing sales shrinking especially in Asia.He was replaced by Nicolas Ghesquière, formerly at Balenciaga. 2014 is gonna be a tough year for Ghesquière though, trying to bring a fresh air in one of the most powerful fashion Houses.
Punk is on everybody’s lips (and minds)!. The MET hosted a new Costume Institute exhibition named ”Punk: Chaos to Culture”, celebrating and exploring a whole movement that actually identified with anarchy and rebellion back in the 1970’s but had remained a sub-culture ever since. This particular exhibition placed punk aesthetics in the centre of fashion inspiration creating haute couture pieces and pret-a-porter ones echoing punk’s exploration with violence-in-appearance. “Despite its best intentions, punk has come to symbolize integrity and authenticity,” said curator Andrew Bolton.
Kate Moss turned 40 and celebrated it with her first Playboy cover,shot by by top fashion photog duo, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.With carefully edited yet sexy images,Moss appears as a siren yet with a touch of twisted elegance.
Saint Laurent aka ex-Yves Saint Laurent fashion House indulges in grunge,with creative director Hedi Slimane applying grunge and street culture to the House’s dna-oriented pieces in his debut F/W 13 collection at the storied French fashion house.Some called it interesting but i’d go for the other side,hoping to see Saint Laurent back on track as a brand preferably without Hedi Slimane’s heroine chic obsessions.2014 will indeed prove a critical year regarding that.
The 2013 Chanel Metiers d’Art show in Dallas.There is no need for Karl Lagerfeld to prove what a fashion rock he is but his creativity keep stealing the limelight from other,younger designers,something that is to be admired given the years he’s leading in the House of Chanel.With a clear reference to Coco Chanel herself and her Dallas visit,Lagerfeld send down the catwalk models with outfits inspired by native american culture. With few local residents invited to the event,the Chanel show was indeed a celebration of American native basics merged with Parisian elegance,if such a mixture can exist.
The Rick Owens S/S 14 show in Paris Fashion Week.
Just when Paris Fashion Week was about to become a bit,ahem, boring there came the Rick Owens S/S 14 show to cheer us up and bring some fresh air and ideas to the world of fashion.Using members of four college step teams instead of models and making them perform an exuberant dance on the catwalk,Owens reminded us there is such a thing called diversity. Not to mention how good the clothes looked on the step team members.
The announcement that Vogue US Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour was appointed Artistic Director of Conde Nast, a position that essentially gave her jurisdiction over the company’s entire portfolio of magazines surprised noone but fueled several discussions as to what extent can she interfere with the team of an entire magazine. Conde Nast crew seems to trust her judgement over things completely,still the idea that so much power over one person with specific likes and dislikes can never be good news for the future of fashion.I believe 2014 is to prove that right.
The fashion influence of Kate Middleton,aka the the Duchess of Cambridge.During 2013 she has proved that her stylistic choices can influence people in a way that royalty hadn’t experience since late Princess Diana.Dressed mostly in british designers but with a distinctive classy style,she may be characterized as ”conservative” in terms of fashion choices still yet appearance outside the hospital in this lovely blue polka dot dress just after giving birth to her son,with her “mommy tummy,” on view,made many celebrities to shrink.
David Bowie’s appearance in the Louis Vuitton campaign along with model Arizona Muse was a something of a comeback for the music legent.Starring in both the ad and the film entitled ”L’Invitation Au Voyage” with scenes in Venice somehow reminiscent of the obscure scenes in another Bowie film ”Labyrinth”, back in 1986.In the Vuitton ad film, the music is,of course, a David Bowie track from his new album, The Next Day.
”Isabela Blow,fashion galore!” exhibition in Somerset House,stunned visitors with the unique outfits and hats on display as it celebrated the life of British magazine editor and style pioneer, who launched the careers of designers including Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald.Blow’s collection, now owned by model Daphne Guinness, includes items designed specifically for her by fashion designer Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy that were also on display.