Best Fashion Moments of 2014

Rihanna simply slayed wearing over 200,000 Swarovski crystals
The Ghesquiere takeover of Louis Vuitton has been flawless
Chanel brought women empowerment to the catwalk in a big way
MADE Fashion Week was heightened by the insanely good Jeremy + Miley collab
Anna Wintour, Queen of the Fashion World forever

2014 was a pivotal year in fashion. Reshuffling at various fashion houses lead to some promising debut collections; fleeting trends such as Normcore and Health Goth swiftly came and left (we can’t say we miss either); and Kimye continues to captivate the fashion world. Let’s not forget that this year we did lose some great designers including the wonderfully esteemed Oscar de la Renta, and the ever-so-glamorous L’Wren Scott. At the same time, the world witnessed the birth of Kendall Jenner’s fierce modeling career, and some of the best collaborations to hit stores—Alexander Wang x H&M, and Adidas x Mary Katrantzou. Now that you’ve been given a taste of a few of this year’s highlights, here’s a list counting down the best fashion moments of 2014.

5. Shine Bright Like a Diamond—Rihanna at the CFDA Awards

Okay, let’s just chill they weren’t actually diamonds, just a mere 216, 000 Swarovski crystals, NBD. Seriously though, after that night, everyone else should have just given up. Nothing this year blazed more fashion headlines than Rihanna’s sheerly gorgeous and hand-embellished Adam Selman fishnet dress as she accepted the Fashion Icon Award at the CFDA. Her body was a dazzling galaxy, as she carefully wrapped her pink pelt around the waist – no surprise though, that she was found twerking in the dress later in the evening. Look out for Badgalriri in 2015 – she’s been dubbed Puma’s new Creative Director!

4. Ghesquiére Takes On Louis Vuitton

Crowned as the new artistic director of Women’s collections back in 2013, former Balenciaga designer hasn’t stopped ruling the fashion world yet. Nicolas Ghesquiére dominated the runway with his retro-tinged looks in his first debut for Louis Vuitton in March 2014 at the Louvre’s Cour Carrée. The line was filled with sharp silhouettes, earthy colors, and smatterings of vinyl. We love that it evokes a little bit of Jane Birkin’s 70s Parisian chic combined with Ghesquire’s signature modern vision. Bottom-line, Ghesquiére is a superior craftsman, and we look forward to the nuances that he will undoubtedly surface in LV’s future.

3. Karl Lagerfeld’s Fem-Protest Catwalk

The Chanel show at Paris fashion week turned into a day where models banded together and cheered for the rights of women. The runway was transformed into a Parisian street scene, with “I’m Every Woman” played in the background. Signs were raised and Cara was found strutting with a mega-phone. Organized by Karl Lagerfeld, there has been some skepticism as to whether he was truly doing this in favor of women, or was he just jumping on the feminist bandwagon? 2014 has definitely become a redefined year for feminists as many influential new voices surfaced, drawing widespread attention to gender inequality. Models definitely experience a lot of objectification by males, and women behind the scenes in fashion struggle for power along with female executives at any company. This event was an influential way of showcasing fashion, but also raising awareness of gender injustice at the same time. We love killing two-birds with one stiletto!

2. MADE Fashion Week: Jeremy Scott x Miley Cyrus

As part of Made Fashion Week in September Jeremy Scott, showcased his Spring/Summer show, aptly titled Dirty Hippy and featuring accessories by wild child Miley Cyrus. As you can expect, bad baby Miley mixed with ultimate club kid Jeremy Scott made for a vivid collection of graphic prints, playful puns and high energy. The front row was also a particular highlight with Whoopi Goldberg, 2 Chainz, and Shaun Ross watching on as Miley walked the finale hand in hand with JS.

1. Anna Wintour Receives Outstanding Achievement Award at the BFA

But of course, who else is worthy of such an award other than Anna Wintour? Her 25 years at Vogue say enough. Anna Wintour is a modern day Superwoman, she’s an editor-in chief, artistic director of Conde Naste, philanthropist, morning tennis player, and of course a mother to not only her own blood, but to many of fashion’s younger generations. She’s launched so many careers, and has never stopped looking like an absolute boss. The award, presented by John Galliano to Wintour as she wore new Margiela – designed by the man himself – was a poignant moment for everyone in fashion. We think it might have even drawn a tear from Anna?

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