2013 was quite a year – from the Alexander McQueen x Damien Hirst scarves to Marc Jacobs’ swan song finale at Louis Vuitton after 16 years. 2013 taught us how to twerk and how not to touch our brows (thanks Cara Delevingne.) It was the year of the ’90s from the revival of punk to the return of super model Christy Turlington. We saw a lot of crop tops, Furkinstalks and side butt. And a lot more cross-pollination between fashion, art and film. Here are the highlights:
Alexander Wang Held a Free-For-All Sample Sale
Alexander Wang unleashed 100 of his fans into a room full of free T by Alexander Wang goods and told them they could take as many items as they could physically carry, the frenzied chaos that followed was caught on film.
Christy Turlington’s Makes Modeling Comeback at 44
Christy Turlington returned to her rightful place in front of the camera replacing Lara Stone as the face and body of Calvin Klein some 25 years after she first modeled for the brand at 19. She is also set to appear in Prada and Jason Wu’s Fall/Winter campaigns.
Marc Jacobs Left Louis Vuitton… and Nicolas Ghesquière Takes His Place
Marc Jacobs left Louis Vuitton after sixteen years; his swansong final show was dazzling to say the least. Nicolas Ghesquière, formerly of Balenciaga, was announced to fill the very large shoes Jacobs at the helm of Louis Vuitton.
Jil Sander Left her Namesake House, Again
Jil Sander departed her label for the third time in October quoting “personal reasons” as the explanation.
Kate Moss Covers Playboy
Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue featured Kate Moss on the cover. The eighteen-page spread saw a soon-to-be 40 Kate Moss with bunny ears, in a bunny suit and of course stark naked.
Abby Lee Stripped Down for Gun Control
Model Abbey Le Kershaw waited until the party after the Met Gala at the Standard to lift her silver rag and bone dress and reveal her black panties and a message written across her stomach: “GUN CONTROL.”
Karl Lagerfeld Sent Two Brides Down Chanel’s Runway
To support the recently passed and highly contested marriage equality law in France Karl Lagerfeld sent two brides down the aisle runway for the finale of his spring 2013 Chanel Haute Couture show. The brides held hands and wore identical feathered wedding dresses and headpieces.
Fashion and film had a moment (or 365 of them). 2013 not only saw a lot of fashion houses employing the talents of great directors to make their own films but even commercial films were extremely fashion-centric, The Great Gatsby anyone?
Viktor and Rolf Returned to Couture After Thirteen Years
After a thirteen-year respite, Viktor & Rolf returned to couture. The collection was set in a Zen garden and featured 20 models, one for each year they’ve been in business, clothed in voluminous black garments and flat sandals.
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! At the Somerset House in London
Somerset House presented a major exhibition celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late British patron of fashion and art, Isabella Blow. Highlights from the exhibit included pieces designed specifically for her by Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy.
Alexander McQueen and Hirst Unveiled a Thirty-Piece Collaboration.
Alexander McQueen and Hirst celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their initial partnership with a collaboration that blends McQueen’s signature skull with Hirst’s entomology series. A short film accompanied the launched featuring models draped in the silk scarves.
Marc Jacobs Launched a Beauty Line
Marc Jacobs launched a 120-piece beauty collection that hopes to redefine beauty as “imperfectly perfect.” In ultra shiny black curved packaging, highlights include Genius Gel foundation, Lash Lifter mascara and Lust for Lacquer lip gloss. The line also offers Boy Tested, Girl approved unisex products.
Rick Owens Replaced Models With an American Step Team
For his spring 2014 presentation, Rick Owens rather than hiring models flew an American step team in to perform. Clad in his designs the show sent a loud message about the lack of racial diversity on the runway.
Copy Pasting the ’90s and the Return of Punk
The ’90s came back in a big way from ripped fishnet tights to flannels to lace slip dresses, designer and high-street fashion alike gleaned their inspiration from a time when Courtney love reigned as queen and dial up internet felt progressive.
Cara Delevingne and Those Brows
Cara Delevinge singlehandedly brought back the bold brow and also made us laugh along the way. Oh, and walked in almost every fall 2013 runway show!
Alexander Wang Impressed with Collection for Balenciaga
Alexander Wang’s Fall 2013 collection for Balenciaga proved that he could design for a major house, even a French one (he had some doubter from across the sea.) His debut was smart, elegant, black and white, and alluded to the modernity of Balenciaga in the 1950s.
Minimalism is Back
Fashion forwent its wear-it-all or nothing phase for a new, simpler, minimalist sensibility. From the runways to the streets, fashion saw a downsizing that made getting dressed easier and in many ways more meaningful.
DVF Gets Technical with Google Glass on the Runway
Diane von Furstenberg merged the worlds of fashion and technology when she sent models down the runway in dresses, death defying heels and Google Glasses. The glasses recorded the models view from the runway as a part of a documentary.
Public School Wins the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Prize of $300,000
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the designers behind New York-based menswear brand Public School, were awarded the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize of $300,000. They also were awarded the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear.
Sophia Webster’s London Presentation…That Set Though
Sophia Webster’s Spring 2014 collection took place in a secret garden chock full of flower fairies in pigtails and negligees wearing laser-cut butterfly-embossed heels. The set was so Instagram-able and the shoes so gorgeous that we are sure her label will be a household name in no time.
Naomi Campbell Led a Serious Conversation About Diversity on the Runway
Designers were finally singled out for the lack of diversity in their runway shows. Naomi, Campell, Inman and BethAnn Hardison penned a letter to the CFDA and appeared on Good Morning America where they discussed the issue and brought to light the names of a few designers such as Calvin Klein and Donna Karen.