Top 5 Fashion events of 2011
At the ending of each year, people tend to think about time, they make retrospectives and resolutions, trying to learn from their mistakes from the previous year. In fashion, time flies so fast, trends change so quickly, that we sometimes forget to stop for a moment and put things in order.
For fashion, 2011 was a tumultuous, but overall a good year. We had spectacular runway shows, changes in the biggest fashion houses and fashion magazines. Accordingly, we decided to look at the most important fashion events of the year and discuss them a bit. And for that, we put together a top 10 of these events, not necessarily in the order of their importance – who’s to decide if a wedding is more important than a “divorce”?
Number 1: The Kate Weddings
Two spectacular weddings occurred in 2011, and both of them in the U.K.: the Royal Wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, and the fashionable wedding of Kate Moss and Jamie Hince.
Both Kates are renown fashion icons, even if one has been so for a longer period of time, and the other just recently. Many wondered what their dress choices would be, and we can safely say that no one has been disappointed. Middleton went for pure royalty, with an Alexander McQueen dress designed by Sarah Burton, with a long train, lace sleeves and neckline, a veil and tiara – she looked precious, yet simple. On the other hand, Moss married her partner for two years in a John Galliano dress, inspired by the 1920s, simple and stunning at the same time. Both dresses were an inspiration for all the regular weddings of the year.
Number 2: The John Galliano Scandal
The entire fashion industry has been taken by surprise and shaken at the beginning of the year, when Dior announced that they’re letting John Galliano go from the designer position that he was holding at the fashion house. After his arrest in February for antisemitic remarks, Galliano was not only fired from Dior, but also from his namesake label. While his behavior was considered shocking by many (including Natalie Portman, the face of Dior at the time, who said that she won’t be associated with the designer in any way), the question soon arose: who will take Galliano’s place at Dior? After months and months of speculations, it seems like Raf Simons, the designer of Jil Sander, is about to take over Dior.
Number 3: Carine Roitfeld’s resignation
Towards the end of 2010, Carine Roitfeld, editor in chief of Vogue France, announced her resignation from the magazine. What could cause such a decision? Who will replace Carine? What will she do next? Suppositions didn’t fail to appear – will she replace Anna Wintour at Vogue U.S.? No, actually Carine went freelance, and she already had a campaign for Barney’s and launched a book, Irreverent. Others presumed Anna Wintour will replace her… Nope, that didn’t happen either – the fashion director of Vogue France, Emanuelle Alt, was the one to take Carine’s place.
The last number that Carine edited for Vogue France was the February issue, putting an end to an era.
Number 4: The Award Season
Every year, the Academy Awards and Golden Globes are an excuse for actors and actresses to dress up in their most festive frocks in the hope of making the best dressed lists – if not for taking home one of the coveted statues. This year was no exception, and they’ve put on quite a show! Lots of stars were seen on the red carpet, each rocking their designer gowns.
One of the more unexpected appearances was Angelina Jolie, who went for an emerald green Atelier Versace gown, looking more elegant (and less dark!) then ever. Natalie Portman got two awards: one Oscar and one baby – she looked stunning at the Awards in a Rodarte violet frock. Nicole Kidman, the red carpet sweetheart, went for a Jean-Paul Gaultier dress in her signature siren cut. Michelle Williams went for simple Chanel, stylish and vintage-looking, something that suits her style perfectly.
Number 5: Versace for H&M
When Versace announced their collaboration with H&M, the world was in awe. Fashionistas everywhere crowded in worldwide H&M stores, in the hope of getting their hand on a designer item. The collection was bold and powerful, in pure Versace style, and the H&M public truly loved it. While some brands consider such a partnership to be a compromise (like Dolce&Gabbana recently declared), some think it’s good PR: Marni announced that they’ve partnered with H&M for a spring 2012 collection. Can’t wait to see it!