It’s fair to say that 2017 has brought us some iconic, emotional, fashion moments. Amid uncertain worldwide geopolitics, fashion remained the escapism it’s meant to be. Here are our top fashion moments, because it’s good to reflect on what enthralled us this year in order to approach 2018 with confidence and hope.
SUPREME & LOUIS VUITTON COLLABORATED FOR AW17.
This was arguably the most talked about, tweeted about, Instagram-able fashion collaboration of the year. Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director for menswear, teamed up with uber-cool streetwear pacemaker Supreme. A total frenzy resulted, from the moment the two giants made it official, and all year long, fanatics queued outside stores to purchase a little bit of fashion history. Celebrities like Justin Bieber and rapper 2Chainz sported the clothes both on stage and off-duty, their influence adding to the collection’s desirability. A stroke of genius to lure the savvy millennial customers into the luxury house’s store.
CHANEL TOOK US TO SPACE.
For his F/W 2017 Chanel ready-to-wear collection, Karl Lagerfeld wanted a rocket. And, what Karl Lagerfeld wants, Karl Lagerfeld gets. In an interview with Loic Prigent, he even stated that there is a clause in his lifetime contracts preventing people to say no to his demands. The Kaiser tackled the space age aesthetic, yet kept it modern and relevant, with a collection that exuded craftsmanship and new ideas.
RIHANNA IN COMME DES GARCONS AT THE MET BALL.
At Anna Wintour’s annual extravaganza soirée, namely the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala, most celebrities always take out their best tricks out of their hats. Rihanna, on the other hand, pulls out the best ones. We remember her 2015 Guo Pei gown aka the egg dress, but her 2017 look would go down just as equally mesmerising. In an architectural Comme des Garcons A/W 16 creation, she absolutely looked her best. The exhibition was honouring Rei Kawakubo, and the Barbadian singer was doing just as much. This was the red-carpet moment one should remember for the year of 2017.
BRIGITTE MACRON SHOWED LEGS IN LOUIS VUITTON.
In the United States of America, they had Melania Trump. In France, it was Brigitte Macron, a woman of a particular age and spouse of France’s youngest President of the Fifth Republic. There is something utterly French about Brigitte Macron, and the fashion world loves her. On inauguration day, she was flaunting her legs in a custom-made Louis Vuitton cornflower blue mini-skirt suit designed by the house’s Artistic Director, Nicolas Ghesquière. The nicknamed Commander-in-Chic quickly followed, as the outfit referenced military dressing. Brigitte Macron is a breath of fresh air in a world of stylishly timid (or trying-too-hard) First Ladies.
The very controversial @Diet_Prada Instagram account has positioned itself as fashion’s whistle blower. Copy-catting is not left undenounced under the vigilante’s eye. Although we do not always agree on their calling-out, they’ve gained a big of following on Instagram and have subsequently become a major voice of and for generation Z. Whether they are calling out big names like Alessandro Michele of Gucci or small independent brands, no one is safe. But, their most laudable posts are in support of victims of sexual assault or harassment.
CELINE DION OWNED COUTURE WEEK.
With a less busy schedule, haute couture week is a more relax affair. But it certainly was not for Celine Dion. The voice-of-a-kind came back strongly in the public eye by means of incredible outfits while attending fashion shows in Paris last July. Paparazzo and fans awaited her every day outside her hotel to witness the looks she’d sport and later showcase on her Instagram. But, the most important thing is that the superstar seemed to have the best time, living her best life, and we were living for it all.
KAIA GERBER’S RUNWAY DEBUT.
Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber’s daughter Kaia Jordan Gerber made her fashion week debut in New-York City. And, oh boy! We were there for that. First, the teenager looks exactly like her supermodel of a mum, and even got people confused on several occasions. Second, her walk is outstanding, have you seen her open the Alexander Wang A/W 17 show? Third, her off-duty looks shows a true appreciation for fashion. Kaia is the hottest girl in town, and we can’t have enough of her. Signed with IMG Models, Kaia’s thundering debut means that she will keep on giving us life in 2018.
DONATELLA CALLED SUPERMODELS TO REUNITE FOR GIANNI.
Donatella Versace paid tribute to her brother, the late Gianni Versace who was assassinated on the steps of his Miami mansion on July 15th of 1997. What a show! Although it was a sort of fashion throwback, the collection was reworked in order to fit the spirit of the times. The show ended up in the most spectacular way possible: supermodels Naomi, Carla, Cindy, Claudia, and Helena, dressed as golden Goddesses walked arm in arm to support Donatella. Somehow, it also felt like a new start, the time Donatella can finally allow herself to step out of Gianni’s shadow.
AZZEDINE ALAIA’S UNTIMELY PASSING AWAY.
In November, Azzedine Alaia passed away. Cherished by everyone who knew him, the Tunisian-born fashion designer impacted not only women’s style, but also their soul, like no other designer before him. A master of the shape, he was a true feminist who gave women the right to feel comfortable about their body, to embrace it, and to reclaim it back. The last couturier – he was more than just a Creative Director – who would spend hours cutting, draping, trying, sewing and back again. The Design Museum announced an exhibition opening in March 2018 dedicated to the man Naomi Campbell called “Papa”.
ADWOA ABOAH: MODEL OF THE YEAR.
It was the year of Adwoa Aboah. The model and activist quickly raised from hot-girl-in-town to supermodel when she was chosen by newly appointed British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful to grace his first cover – a modern rendition of seventies glamour photographed by Steven Meisel, with make-up artist Pat McGrath’s magic and Marc Jacobs fashion. Aboah also received the Model of the Year Award at the Fashion Awards in London, consolidating her status and making her one of the most sough-after visage of the industry. Most importantly, she uses her voice to talk about issues such as mental illness, racism, and topics like feminism.
Words by Pierre A. M’Pele