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You’ve probably seen the various memes floating around social media that humorously allude to 2016 being a rough one for many. From the loss of high-profile celebrities, the wildest pop culture moments, and political and social chaos, there is no denying the memories, good and bad, that were made this year. The fashion industry had an interesting and changing year that impacted today’s society and vice versa. Many trends were born and reborn, diversity in fashion peaked, and fashion bloggers came under fire by top fashion editors. As we approach 2017, it’s only fair to recap the most memorable fashion moments that made headlines throughout the year.
1. Jaden Smith becomes the face of Louis Vuitton in womenswear campaignvia Bill Webber
Jaden Smith and sister Willow Smith has always been known to push the envelope in fashion. As one the most conscious and expressive leaders of Gen-Z, Jaden has proven himself to be flexible. It is no mystery why he became a pick of Nicolas Ghesquière, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton.
2. The best and worst of Kanye at NYFW.Getty Images
In February, the Kardashian clan showed up to Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 show and highly anticipated album launch in their white Yeezy x Balmain ensembles. The media buzzed and they became the most notable guests of the night. For years it has been a rough ride for Kanye to gain respect in the fashion industry. Kanye suffered a huge setback after his Yeezy Season 4 presentation in September was heavily criticized on its professionalism, a contrast from his last show.
3. Beyonce’s Superbowl homage to the Black Panthers and Michael Jacksonvia accularated
Following the release of her politically fueled ”Formation” song and video, Beyonce delivered a controversial performance at the Super Bowl in a DSquared jacket with military details with her backup dancers in Zayna Bayne custom leather outfits reminiscent of the Black Panther Party.
4. The Rise of Athleisure
Athletic wear slowly but surely has made it’s way out of the gym and on the catwalks. We’ve seen an influx of athletic companies collaborate with top tastemakers like Kylie Jenner, Rihanna, and Alexander Wang.
5. Claire Danes glows in the dark at the Met Galavia getty images
For the Met Gala’s futuristic Manus x Machina theme, Claire Danes graced the red carpet in a show-stopping Zac Posen light up dress.
6. The diversity of fashion magazine cover starsvia mashable
There are many examples of why representation matters in pop culture. According to the Fashion Spot, there has been a growing number of magazine covers that feature a more racially diverse cast.While categories like age, body types and gender could use more improvement, there is hope that major publications will broaden their horizons in 2017.
7. Death of Bill CunninghamVia The New York Times
Bill Cunningham was the living landmark in NYC, who rode his bicycle round the city capturing street style and pioneered the phenomenon. He made a cultural impact to society and his death was heavily felt by his industry peers.
8. Vogue vs. Fashion Bloggersvia Nordstrom.com
There’s no denying that fashion bloggers have single-handedly changed the fashion industry at a rapid pace. With the rise of social media, there’s a been a growing number of internet fashionistas who finds themselves neck and neck with industry veterans in terms of influence. This fall, Vogue published an article criticizing bloggers presence at fashion week, and accused them of ‘killing style” with their paid-for outfits and borrowed clothing from brands. Many called hypocrisy on Vogue’s behalf, and feel as though the new generation deserves respect for becoming entrepreneurs and creating similar jobs.
9. Hilary Clinton’s Pantsuits
Hilary Clinton has been uniformally consistent for decades with her colorful collections of pantsuits. The fashion industry embraced Hilary’s powerful, signature style during her run for presidency, and she forged relationships with big names like Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenburg, and Michael Kors.
10. Michelle Obama’s State Dinner Dressvia Manuel Balce Centea/AP
In her tenure as the First Lady, Michelle Obama became a fashion favorite amongst designers, editors, and stylists with her memorable and fashion forward looks. For her last State Dinner attendance in October, she solidified her legacy as one of the most stylish women ever in a chainlink Atelier Versace gown.