Because what’s a year without its fashion moments?
Text: Leonidas Liolios
Boring to some, intriguing to others, 2013 has been a full-blown year that changes lead the way with either newcomers or old-schoolers stepping in the game for good. From glamorous parties to Jacobs’s Louis Vuitton departure and Schiaparelli’s house re-opening, shock value starred in a year-round movie of financial recession and exchange of creative directors.
1. Musical chairs
You got Alexander Wang, out of the blue, replacing Nichola Ghesquiere at Balenciaga, and Ghesquiere replacing Marc Jacobs who left the house of Vuitton after 16 years at the helm (with a rather j’adore show and note). And as if these weren’t shocking enough (fashion-wise speaking) Formichetti left Mugler, to grab the denim baton from Diesel’s ex-creative director/founder Renzo Rosso. David Koma fills in at Mugler and Jeremy Scott is suddenly named Moschino’s new creative director. Did I forget to mention Ann Demeulemeester left her own label? Oh, and Jil Sander her own, once more.
And no one missed it. Not even the slightest yard of luxurious, yet punk, fabric. Sarah Jessica Parker’s divine gown by hand of Giles Deacon, Anna Wintour’s Chanel and Westwood’s non-stop speakage at the Vogue reporter rooting outloud for world justice etcetera, this year The Metropolitan Museum of Arts was all there was and whether you liked it or not you danced to chaos and back.
Just when we all thought the 90s Super Model fever was long gone here you have Kate Moss starring at numerous campaigns, posing for British Vogue, becoming fashion editor of the same publication, doing a much-talked about Playboy cover with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot and the list goes on and on. Gigele on the other hand did Chanel. And then H&M. And then she breastfeeded her child on set. Need I mention Interview’s kaboom special edition issue, coming in no less than seven different covers featuring Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Amber Valletta, Stephany Seymur and Daria Werbowy?
Some Queens just can’t get enough tiaras. And truthfully Anna Wintour is one of them. Not only she is the editor-in-chief of the world’s most influential fashion magazine (that is in one word ,Vogue) which pretty much makes her boss of the industry but it was earlier this year when she was appointed Conde Nast’s new Art Director. Thus being said she is in a nutshell in charge of the “whole look” of all publications under the Nast umbrella starting with Lucky, Conde Nast Traveler, and Glamour who have already felt her influence. Speaking of promotions.
The one to blame was no other than American designer, Rick Owens, whose ss14 show was more than a shock not only for the lucky(?) ones to be present at it but for the rest of us as well. More than a dozen of not so skinny for the fashion standards dancers stomped the runway all the way from the beginning to the end of the show armed with crazy hair and angry attitude. An electrifying performance which is considered questionable until today.
Or so does Mr. Hedi Slimane still think. With his fw13 collection for Saint Laurent Paris he generated apart from several bad reviews a huge hype for “grunge revisited”. The sales boomed and high-street followed course only to now end-up seeing more tartan than actual human beings every square meter. Lack of creativity or strike of genius he did it and 2013 will always be remembered as the year that indie-rockers ruled Paris.
Her house to be exact. A legendary maison that forged fashion and art so tightly together that a new hybrid was born and died along with its closure. Several decades later Christian Lacroix is summoned to design for the house of Schiaparelli. A collection exhibited in Paris. A prelude of a re-opened business for which the creative force carries the name of an Italian designer, that of Marco Zanini.
8. Music made campaigns come together.
David Bowe posed for Louis Vuitton, Daft Punk, Marilyn Manson & Cortney Love for Saint Laurent Paris, and mother monster, Lady Gaga did Versace like no one else could. Makes me wonder if musicians are the new hollywood.
9. Queenie you got connections!
One song, one video-clip, many legends. For Paul McCartney’s latest single Queenie Eye the concept was bringing in all that glitters and a piano. Therefore you see Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Tom Ford, Meryl Strip and Hollywood’s most wanted stars dancing around, jumping and singing. Whether you loved or hated the song, it was a visual sensation that no one helped to overlook.
10. Polka dots and a prince.
When Kate Middleton stepped out of the hospital baring newborn prince George Alexander Louis no one looked at the baby. At least not at first. Jenny Packham’s blue polka-dot dress echoing Diana (who wore a similar dress for the exact same occasion at the exact same location) became a sensation and international newscasts left world crisis on the side for at least one week for the sake of a dress.
Wishes for a whole new, creative & utterly stylish year ahead! Happy 2014!