FASHION GAWD AWARD:
Goes to Rihanna HANDS DOWN! Haven't heard a song from her in a while but hell- when has she had time to record when she has been so busy single handedly slaying the fashion industry?!
She strutted in looking like a couture pastry in that huge cotton candy pink Giambatista Valli designed gown she wore to the Grammy's that set tongues awaggin. Then came back through swaggin hard af in that big bird yellow Met Gala concoction that took Chinese designer Guo Pei two years to create and the internet only about thirty minutes to make those egg frying memes on social media lol. Let's speak briefly on her historic Dior commercial- (the first and only black women EVER to front a campaign for the French couture label!) the dark seductive video was shot in the Palace of Versailles in Paris which if you know anything about fashion history and the infamous Battle of Versailles you know just how symbolic the goth inspired video is.
She graced the covers of several different magazines, including being (CGI, but still) shot in the mouth of a shark for the March 2015 Harper's Bazaar issue (which won top cover of 2015 btw), helped design cool socks for Stance, became brand ambassador for Puma (her creepers sold out in hours. Twice!) and created her eighth fragrance, RiRi.
Style wise she was all about slip dresses, jackets and denim mini skirts- a mixture of late 90s streetwear and early 2000's denim and looked great in it all. She closed the year out by launching her very own talent agency- Fra8me that assists artists in booking editorial shoots, campaigns and red carpet events. Who knows when we will get another album? And truthfully as long as she keeps giving me life through her fashion and style dominance- who cares? I don't lol!
MODEL OF THE YEAR:
Girl you earned it, you deserved it.. Ms. Kendall Jenner, come get your award girlfren! Say what you want about her Killer Klan, but homegirl slayed this year trying her hardest to make a name for herself in fashion outside of her family.
She walked for all the major labels- Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Balmain, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana and more, including the Victoria Secret's show earlier this year. She also scored campaigns with Fendi, Balmain, Estee Lauder and Givenchy and shot countless editorials. She has a long way to go and is not without her critics, but I think she will continue to do well and maybe even make us forget/ignore her last name. Maybe.
FASHION HOUSE/BRAND OF THE YEAR:
Balmain... If you don't know any other French fashion house- I'll bet you know creative director, Olivier Rousteing's hot little self! Rousteing is like the Taylor Swift of fashion brands. He has celebrity super friends that he takes everywhere, parties with and then posts it to Instagram.
This young man (still in his twenties) has turned sleepy French label Balmain into a pop culture phenom by first designing drool worthy clothes with hints of Asian inspired flair (important because Balmain's biggest market is the Asian market so two thumbs up for that) then he dresses your fave celebs and hangs out with them- the Kardashians/Jenners, Rihanna, Justin Beiber, and Ellie Goulding .
He is the selfie king, has the freshest ideas (like his recent sisters campaign featuring Kendall and Kylie, Gigi and Bella Hadid and Joan and Erika Smalls) and now men make up 40% of the brand's sales which did not happen prior to Rousteing's arrival. We won't even mention the collaboration with H&M earlier this year that had fans acting like straight savages trying to get the label's own knockoffs for the cheaper price lol. I'm excited to see where he takes the label- but not worried that I will miss a thing cause it will all be documented via Instagram lol.
RED CARPET AWARD:
Jennifer Lopes... I don't watch award shows at all anymore, but my eyes are always glued to the red carpet and this year there were many hits and misses from many stars, but no one held that red carpet down like J.Lo! Sheer, tight, low cut- there was nothing that didn't look good on Ms. Lopes this year. She killed it each and ever time she placed her foot on to that blood red carpet...
BEST FASHION COVER AWARD:
For me, this was a tie. I love it anytime an actual fashion model covers a fashion magazine (I know, so retro of me lol) and Jourdan Dunn covering Vogue UK's February issue was IT for me! She was fresh faced and adorable- her hair, makeup and styling was all on point and she was shot by Patrick Demarchelier. The cover was perfect for February and the shoot inside did not disappoint either.
My second fave magazine cover of the year is for a magazine I barely glance at, but I must admit I did a double take after seeing actress Kristen Stewart grace the cover of the March 2015 issue of Interview magazine- shot by Steven Klein. Oh man, her facial expression is EVERYTHING, only intensified by her rock star cat eye, and strong brows. The lightening. the animal print... everything just works! Want to see more of the best fashion magazine covers of 2015? See them here...
Zendaya Coleman is the cutest thing ever to me- she dresses her age and has fun with it and she can wear almost anything. She took risks on the red carpet and at premieres, but I really dig her street style- how she dresses when she's not "on". She's a super stylish cutie and I can't wait to see her style evolve as she gets older.
THE FASHION UNDERDOG AWARD:
This has to go to Kanye West! He designed a fashion collection that debuted this past fashion week that everybody panned, critics, fans, people in the industry and he didn't GAF lol! He defended the hell out of his ahem- "homeless chic" clothing line and thought it was the greatest thing ever made... Not many bought into, but the same cannot be said for his shoe design- the Yeezy Boosts!
Footwear News, the voice of the shoe industry recognized West's Yeezy Boost release that put the shoe market in a chokehold and awarded him Shoe of the Year. Demand for the coveted shoes crashed servers, spiked high resale value and helped stores create a need for mob control. Yeah. Yeezy may be an arrogant asshole, but he studies what he wants and knows how to give it to people who demand it from him in his own way.
After 30 years of running her own fashion brand, Donna Karan resigned from the namesake label she built (Donna Karan New York) and sold it to French luxury goods owner, LVMH. There will be no more runway shows for awhile and the firm will concentrate solely on the less expensive urban line, DKNY which will be run by industry darlings Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne of the award winning street smart brand Public School. Read more here.
No longer a disgrace to the fashion industry, designer John Galliano was tapped to design for Maison Margiela. The first collection for the fashion house was actually designed by the label's design team and it wasn't until the second collection that Galliano really took over. Some liked it, some did not, you can read one review here...
Alexander Wang left Balenciaga, the French heritage label he took over in 2012 when the brand's former designer Nicholas Ghesquire left to design for Louis Vuitton. He never really quite found his footing with the collections and despite his redesigning new stores, creating an in demand bag (Le Dix) and having Kate Moss and others stars in memorable campaigns- it was not enough. Wang is now currently looking for investors in his namesake label. Want more info on this? Read about it here...
Not even a week a part, designer Raf Simmons left Dior citing the lack of time to properly create collections and Alber Elbaz was pushed out at Lanvin after 14 years of designing for the label, maybe for creative differences with the upper brass. As of right now, neither label has confirmed who will take over.
Founding editor in cheif Linda Wells was ousted by Conde' Nast after being at beauty magazine, Allure for 24 years. Lucky magazine and Details magazine, both Conde' Nast publications have also been put on the chopping block, Lucky ceased printing earlier this year and Details last issue will be it's December/January 2016 issue. GQ magazine hired a newer, younger (ahem and darker) Style Guy, and the old Style Guy wasn't too pleased.
Oh and did you see model Chanel Iman in the movie Dope?
And read all about everything I covered in fashion and style news including:
Versace biopic, Burberry's snatchback and where you won't see supermodel Iman.
Red carpet fashions from the 2015 MTV Awards.
Nene Leake's new gig, style.com's new home and Elle Canada's dashiki controversy
Black Girl (September magazine) Magic, Barbie's new ankles, Saks X Empire fashion collab, and luxury thrifting.
Cover Girl X Star Wars makeup line.
Transgender models, Macy's first NYFW fashion show, Idris covering Maxim mag and Aldo and Target collaborating.
Louboutin's new app!
And makeup line
Aaliyah for MAC had a huge viral campaign
Melissa McCarthy's new fashion line, Birkin denounces Hermes, Cindy Crawford's new television show.
My 2015 Met Gala red carpet review
Plus model Tess Holliday signs with an UK modeling agency and Australian rapper Iggy isn't happy with Steve Madden.
Target rolls out Ava&Viv, their plus size line, Rick Owens male models were full frontal, and we lost shoe designer Vince Camuto
Gucci appointed Alessandro Michele as its new creative director..
Jeremy Scott's first Adidas fragrance...
Marc Jacob's Instagram models
What or who else was on your radar for 2015?