The 22 most groundbreaking fashion moments of 2015
The year 2015 was a progressive one for fashion.
The traditionally exclusive industry showed a new level of acceptance as well as a genuine and relatable side. Popular trends in campaigns and runway shows reflected the social and cultural themes of the times.
As December fast approaches, we’ve gathered the best, worst and unclassified moments of the year.
1. The dress that divided a nation
The year began with one of history’s biggest controversies: Is that dress black and blue or gold and white?
Even after the truth was revealed and an explanation given, it took time for the world to recover from the mindblowing experience.
Just when you were finally able to move on with your life, the dress snuck back into Halloween parties around the world.
2. Age ain’t nothing but a number
Baddie Winkle at Kitson Melrose on Nov. 5, 2015.
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Internet personality Baddie Winkle burst onto the scene this year, gaining 1.7 million Instagram followers. At 87 years old the style star proved you’re never too old to be an influencer and prompted society to rethink age-appropriate fashion.
3. Gender bender
Male models wore lace shirts in Burberry Prorsum’s men’s show this June.
In June traditional luxury brand Burberry Prorsum sent male models down the catwalk dressed in feminine lace shirts. Gender fluidity was a recurring theme at both the London Collection Men’s shows and New York Fashion Week in September.
4. Most basic bitch
Karlie Kloss at FRAME DENIM’s SS16 NYFW presentation.
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The hashtag “basic” has 1,513,348 posts on Instagram. While the popular word has adopted negative connotations, when it comes to style basic is back.
As part of millennials’ minimal aesthetic, simple wardrobe staples like solid-colored crew neck tees and white sneakers have become fashion’s biggest power players.
5. Posing for a change
Actress Jamie Brewer walks in NYFW this past February.
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Actress Jamie Brewer made history when she became the first model with Down syndrome to walk in New York Fashion Week this past February.
Her bold strut shattered stigmas and marked the beginning of a real movement toward acceptance and diversity within the modeling industry.
Later this year, Maddy Stuart an aspiring model with Down syndrome, gained popularity when she launched her campaign to change society via social media.
6. Stop, it’s Apple time
Drake rocks an Apple watch at Coachella.
Regardless of your feelings towards the Apple Watch, the device has taken over wrists around the world.
When high-end brand Hermes designed a leather band for the tech accessory, it marked a new course for global domination.
7. Year of the Yeezy
Kanye West in Yeezy Adidas shoes at the CFDA awards in June.
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Even though his fashion shows fail to receive rave reviews, Kanye sure knows how to sell a sneaker.
After becoming available for purchase this June, the rapper’s shoe collaboration with Adidas sold out in 12 minutes. To capitalize on the craze, one man with failing kidneys offered to trade his Yeezy’s for a fresh organ.
8. Hashtag squad goals
Taylor Swift brings her squad on stage during her 1989 World Tour this June.
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Leading the squad charge in 2015, Taylor Swift toted her posse of extraordinarily gorgeous and successful girlfriends wherever she went.
With Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Selena Gomez among her besties, Swift really set the #squadgoals bar high.
9. The look that launched a thousand memes
While Rihanna’s 2015 Met Gala dress was an ode to the event’s China: Through the Looking Glass theme, the ornate garment will forever be associated with omelets, Big Bird and pepperoni pizzas.
10. Transforming fashion
Laverne Cox attends the Emmy Awards this September.
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Laverne Cox nailed red carpet style this year. As a champion for the transgender community, the Orange is the New Black actress advanced the conversation around transgender fashion.
Cox, as well as many others in the LGBTQ community, were vocal to promote queer fashion as a lifestyle and not a trend to be adopted by mainstream retailers.
11. Next level wearables
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This year technology innovation leapt from accessories to entire outfits.
Partnering with the Google Made with Code initiative, designer Zac Posen lit up his Spring ’16 runway with an LED gown.
12. Beauty at every size
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The full-figure community made major strides this year.
From Lane Bryant’s #PlusIsEqual campaign to Project Runway’s first plus-sized winner, many hope this progression will lead to the continual acceptance of all body types within the fashion industry.
13. Empire strikes back
Empire actress Taraji P. Henson at the Emmy Awards this September.
Fox’s hit show Empire has become a cultural phenomenon. The TV drama inspired label Hood by Air’s unique spring ’16 accessories.
This September, luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue curated and displayed looks based on the show’s characters.
14. Welcome to the schlong show
Somehow male genitalia became one of the most talked about…umm…accessories in 2015.
Reveals like Lenny Kravitz’s infamous wardrobe malfunction and Justin Bieber’s accidental peep show prompted conversation around private part fashion. Brands like Mugsy Jeans believe there is a clothing market for well-endowed men, and even the scrotum backpack made headlines.
15. Denim democracy
Tired of letting other pants have all the fun, denim pushed boundaries and broke design rules in 2015.
No longer subject to a skinny jean regime, shoppers can now choose from over 25 unique styles and look fashionable in each and every one.
16. She’s just being Miley
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Once again Miley Cyrus proves that she can’t stop, won’t stop trying to wear as little clothing as possible in public.
While her rotation of questionable VMA ensembles and “accidental” nip slip made for a tough call, this silver harness look takes the award as most risqué look of the year.
17. I heart Brooklyn
Its no surprise that David and Victoria Beckham would create beautiful children.
This year their oldest son, Brooklyn, used his genetic perfection to storm onto the fashion scene and land a spot on the cover of Miss Vogue UK‘s October issue. Its safe to say that this is just the beginning for the 16-year-old heartthrob’s modeling career.
In general, 2015 was the year of the celebrity model, also known as beautiful kids whose parents were already famous.
18. Natural beauty
Models and celebrities alike lashed out against photoshopping techniques that have warped the standards of beauty for years.
In January, lingerie brand Aerie promoted images of models that had not been retouched.
Chrissy Teigen, Demi Lovato and Zendaya are just a few women who are speaking out against altered photos and promoting healthy body images.
19. Sister, sister
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Siblings are 2015’s newest power-couple.
Balmain’s fall ’15 campaign featured three sets of sisters: Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Joan and Erika Smalls.
20. There are no rules in fashion
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Muslims are being represented in national advertisements more than ever, proving just how inclusive fashion and beauty can be.
In July, retailer Uniqlo teamed up with blogger Hana Tajima to create a modest clothing line designed specifically with Muslim women in mind.
As part of H&M’s agenda to make fashion inclusive, the company recently launched a video campaign featuring a model wearing a hijab.
21. Bye bye, beards
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As the hipster dies off, beards are also becoming extinct.
In spite of No Shave November, men are taking razors to their scruffy facial hair and opting for a smooth, clean look instead.
22. A very techie Wintour
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‘Tis the year when tech geeks and fashion mavens joined forces.
Not only did Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel become official with supermodel girlfriend Miranda Kerr; he also appeared on the cover of L’Uomo Vogue‘s October issue.
But in the ultimate demonstration of this newfound relationship, fashion queen Anna Wintour joined forces with Apple’s Jony Ive to plan the 2016 Meta Gala, the industry’s most extravagant event of the year.
Here’s to continued acceptance and innovation in 2016.
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Source: MASHABLE Lifestyle
The 22 most groundbreaking fashion moments of 2015