Best & Worst Fashion Moments of 2017

Like everything else this year, fashion had its ups and downs. On the one hand, we had some very interesting moments worth all the celebration in the world. However, there were far too many downs than ups this year, what with the death of an icon, the celebration of utterly forgettable collections and designers, and the spewing out of horrible trends. The fashion world felt like a rollercoaster this year, and not a very fun one to be completely honest. Here’s hoping 2018 turns the fashion world around and gives us all something worth cheering about.

One of this year’s great fashion moments had to be when the original Supermodels Naomi, Claudia, Cindy, Carla, and Helena closed the Versace ss18 show which paid tribute to the late Gianni Versace. Seeing these legends together on the runway again gave us life! – Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief

Christopher Kane and Demna Gavasalia at Balenciaga trying to make fashionable a thing is definitely my pick for worst fashion moment of 2017. If you are not a doctor or chef, then crocs should never be worn no matter the price tag or designer attached to them. – Drew Brown, Editor-in Chief

In 2017, Monnaie de Paris presents a series of Face Value Coins depicting France seen by Jean Paul Gaultier. In the collection named “France by Jean Paul Gaultier”, the cities, the provinces or the regions are seen through the eyes of the French fashion designer and are presented on silver and gold coins of 10, 50 and 200 euros. Aurore Evee, Fashion Contributor

(Photo by WWD/REX/Shutterstock) Naomi Campbell closing Azzedine Alaïa Couture Fall 2017.

The fashion world was dealt a major blow this year with the death of beloved designer Azzedine Alaïa in November. While the entirety of Mr Alaïa’s career needs to be celebrated, I want to give a nod to his Fall 2017 Couture collection, which was shown this past summer. It had been six years since the designer’s last couture show, and he delivered hugely on high expectations. The collection could serve as a representation of Alaïa signatures: the presence of the incomparable Naomi Campbell, clear examples of the designer’s skills with balance and weight and the sheer beauty of the clothes: each serving as a love letter to the female form. Mr Alaïa, you will be missed, but thank you for leaving us with one last show. Natasha Grodzinski, Contributor

Photo: The Fashion Awards

It seems that today’s luxury fashion consumer and fashion industry pros have both taken a liking to the idea of ever-changing trends, rather than solidified and long lasting style. It seems everyone is losing their minds over the constant pumping out of trends that’s become synonymous with high fashion in the last two years. Instead of celebrating forward-thinking designers who create garments meant to last and inspire, the fashion world has become infatuated with the stunts, shenanigans, and the smoke and mirrors of some designers who consistently throw together collections for the sake of shock value (ahem… Vetements) rather than fashion and art. This new found infatuation with fast luxury fashion has become so ingrained in today’s fashion world that many of the “trendwear” designers that have sprung up over the last 3-4 years are now being hailed as geniuses and being heavily rewarded for their work. While true artists are looked over far too often. However, there is hope. Earlier this month, fashion’s wunderkind Jonathan Anderson took home two awards at this year’s Fashion Awards celebration. Anderson was awarded Accessories Designer of the Year for Loewe and British Womenswear Designer of the Year for J.W Anderson, which was both well deserved and well earned. Hopefully, Jonathan’s recognition, as well as the recognition and awards that were given to designers Raf Simons and Stella McCartney may be a sign that fashion is slowly starting to veer away from the spectacle of trendwear and finally get back on track to celebrating strong, lasting fashion. – Christopher Zaghi, Fashion Editor

Photo: My Shoe Bazar

With the all that good that comes with fashion, there is an immense amount things can just become the absolute worst. A good example of this is sock heels. It seems every designer and their grandmother felt like designing some type of sock heel for their collections. It was as if you couldn’t get away from them. The cam with block heels, round heels, lucite heels; they came in denim and stretch lame. They came in ankle length variations, thigh high, and even as pants/boots. The options were endless, but no matter how well they were made or how cheaply they were made (I’m looking at you DIY lovers who cut holes in Nike socks…) the sock heel is by far one of the ugliest creations to gain prominence in 2017. Please make it stop. And that’s all that needs to be said about these abominations. – Christopher Zaghi, Fashion Editor

Five Rules For Ageless Style

There’s not denying that getting older changes things, but these days the mature woman sure knows how to cherish her sense of style. Thanks to social media and influential icons beyond their 40s, the fashion industry is finally changing gears to speak to women of all ages. Since fashion is a form of art and creative self-expression, age shouldn’t dictate style. Though we still have a long way to go, the latest runways reflected this vision of beauty and style. For example, Simone Rocha showcased generations of beautiful women in her Fall/Winter 17/18 runway show. models in sixties to nineties marched on the catwalk to prove that her collection speaks for women in all age groups.

Versace’s runway show was a reflection of the real world shoppers. The director Piergiorgio Del moro decided to cast multiple generations of powerful and fashionable women like Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claduia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, and Helena Christensen, who are in their 40s and 50s. They brought confidence and glamor to the stage.

This approach seeped into fast fashion retail stores like Zara, which decided to cast a more diverse group of women. The brand launched a new Timeless collection for FW18 with classic and modern wardrobe staples, featuring three industry veterans — Malgosia Bela, Yasmin Warsame, and Kristina de Coninck.

Jane Fonda is another example that age is just a number and that a sense of style is eternal. The 79-year-old actress walked on the red carpet and attended fashion events wearing the latest trends by appraised designers. Fonda defies the notion that good looks are exclusively for the younger generation.

Here are some tips to help you maintain your sense of style at any age:

Confidence

Timeless style comes from understanding who you are and standing behind your fashion choices. Once you feel comfortable in what you are wearing, no matter your age, it shows on the outside. Always remember that the outfit you pull off should make you feel beautiful.

Rules are meant to be broken 

When it comes to ‘dressing your age’, forget the rules. Nowadays, fashion is all about combining high and low fashion. An ‘anything goes’ attitude is the current trend. You can push the fashion world forward and break some rules from time to time. Simply look at Iris Apfel’s signature style, which includes rounded giant eyeglasses, outfits from different cultures mixed with haute couture pieces.

Back to the basics

There are a few timeless pieces that every woman should own in her closet. For example, a tuxedo jacket that can be worn from day to night, dressed up or down; a classy high-waisted trousers that flatters your body shape; a white button down shirt, which is one of those pieces that never go out of style. Once you find pieces that work for you and flatter your figure, stick to them.

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Less is more

The art of dressing becomes more refined with age. The older you get, the less shiny and glossy items you should have in your wardrobe. That doesn’t mean you can’t add drama to your outfit. Just keep in mind that elegance is key. Opt for classy shapes and structured pieces and add a pop of color or prints with an unexpected accessory. The simple and the quite can make a bigger impact than the loud.

Credit: Zara

Fitted not frumpy

Don’t be afraid to reveal the parts of your body that show off your assets. You can still wear slim silhouettes and beautifully fitted dresses that show flesh. Wearing baggy and oversized pieces can achieve the opposite of the effect you’re looking for. For example, a pencil skirt can work to your advantage and increase confidence.

The Best of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018

Milan seemed up in its spirits this season. Of all the major fashion cities around the world, Milan has has a harder time with reinventing itself and finding its signature aesthetics. While the city’s designers are still looking for their voices, it seems that the soul-searching has led to a signature Milan-look. The Spring collections were filled with pretty things. Frilly white frocks were cut and sewn into delicate silhouettes, while pops of color and pattern introduced a light dusting of excitement throughout the week. In the end, it’s good to see that Milan is moving in this direction. Here’s hoping Milano sticks to the pristine angelic ensembles that graced the runway this season. Pretty suits the city.

Versace

Versace is an Italian powerhouse and has been for more than two decades. Celebrities and the elite have tripped over their own two feet to wear the iconic Medusa head on their bodies. But it seems that the world craves Versace now more than ever. Which seems like the perfect timing since this year commemorates Gianni Versace, who died in 1997. Donatella created a collection that took the spotlight away from the horrific murder and once again focused on her brother’s designs. The collection celebrated Gianni’s affinity for sexy mini dresses, cropped bolero jackets, gold chains, and seashell motifs. Versace’s designs were never intended to feel serious and uptight; they always felt fun and celebratory, like joy in printed fabric form, which is exactly the kind of carefree joy the world needs right now.

Missoni

Missoni is one of those brands that have become synonymous with Italian fashion. Since its humble beginnings back in 1953, brand has never ceased to surprise with its signature zigzag knits. Now some may think that keeping alive house codes created back in the ’50s is a recipe for disaster, but that isn’t always the case. With so many designers abandoning the things that made their brand famous back in the day, it’s refreshing to see brands like Missoni reinvent itself without throwing away its foundations. This season, Angela Missoni presented a collection with a bohemian flare. But the collection didn’t rely soley on boho-chic to get by — many contemporary trends came into play. Sheer gowns and oversized cardigans looked right at home beside completely on-trend oversized sunhats, giving the collection a vintage yet contemporary feeling.

Elisabetta Franchi

Kudos to Maria Grazia for attempting to pull off a modern western vibe at Dior a few months ago (better luck next time!), but it looks like Elisabetta Franchi has the entire look covered. Franchi, who’s mostly known for dressing Italy’s well-to-do in elegant and refined clothing, often opted for traditional glamour than take the route of over the top fashion designer or high fashion extremes. However, this collection marks a very interesting moment for the designer. Diverging from her usuals, Franchi chose to create a whimsical and very mature take on vintage western clothing. Large black straw hats were paired alongside flirty rompers and micro mini dresses. Long billowing gowns had pretty historic touches sewn throughout — they’re versatile and can be worn as they were seen on the runway or on their own. The accessories used throughout the show also emphasized the old world decorative dressing. The belts had a particular beauty about them, with their strung pearls and gold dangling delicately at the waist.

Prada

Arguably the most important designer in Italy (maybe even the world) Miuccia Prada lives and breathes fashion. Look at the last decade and try to find a collection that wasn’t in one way or another infleuntial, artistic, innovative, and beautiful. It’s likely that you won’t. And that’s what sets Miuccia and Prada apart from the pack. Prada has always been known as the brand that’s years ahead of its time. Elements from collections that Miuccia created years ago continue to pop up in other designers’ collections season after season. Luckily, Madame Prada commands enough respect to never have her designs completely ‘borrowed’. This season’s collection follows suit. Classic, the Prada-ism that put the brand at the top of the fashion game, with touches of forward-thinking design makes for a modern collection fit for fashion’s most progressive dressers. The collection itself was a crossroads of interesting designs, mixing beatnik vests and shirting with flirty in-your-face Prada patterns that the brand is known for. The bright pops of tomato red fit in perfectly with the season’s biggest color trend. And the accessories, as per usual, are simply to die for, with the brand’s signature graphic handbags once again on center stage.

Luisa Beccaria

Ethereal beauty reigned supreme at Luisa Beccaria this season. Everything seemed to be touched by a fairy godmother’s wand. Sheer gowns were strewn in embroidered flowers, eyelet lace, pastels, and fancy little polka dots. The show felt very surreal with models walking through a courtyard dotted with petals to the sound of classical music. The color scheme was very soft and delicate, mirroring the overall feeling of the show. Yet the delicate colors didn’t feel fragile but inviting and warm. Even the cool baby blues somehow managed to come across far more sumptuous and warm than cold and icy. Another major factor that made this collection stand out from the crowd of soft and pretty runway shows was its effortless sexiness. Many of the collection’s looks featured barely-there shorts and almost all of the gowns and dresses that walked the runway displayed various levels of transparency. But the collection never felt like it was trying to look sexy — Beccaria managed to infuse grown-up sexiness into the collection by manipulating the levels of sheerness throughout. It wasn’t about provoking by exposing the models’ breasts through gauzy fabric or by revealing a panty underneath a long gown. It was about dressing a woman in a natural, carefree, and self-loving way.

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