The year 2015 was a progressive one for fashion and has been a long eventful year filled with suprises. The exclusive industry showed a new level of acceptance as well as a genuinely relatable side. As December approaches, we’ve gathered the biggest moments of the year.
John Galliano Debutes at Margiela
Let’s go back to January when John Gallioano quitely made his thoughtful return to the runway at the helm of the house of Margiela, through his debuts for Maison Margiela Spring 2015 Couture show. Galliano retained the house hallmarks, deconstruction and minimalism yet adding his own twist. The form of feathered hats and sculpted abstract details flair the dramatic side which characterized him. But if his aesthetic proves anything, it’s that the new Margiela is thoroughly modern, highly ingenious, and nothing else out there is quite like it.
Zoolander Takes Over Valentino Show
Zoolander is back! Much to everyone’s suprises. Celebs have gotten lazy when it comes to announcing their new project creatively, but not Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. The duo crashed the Valentino Fall 2015 runway at Paris Fashion Week – decked out in head-to-toe Valentino – to announce the Zoolander sequel, Zoolander 2. The Fashion parody film will hit theaters in February of 2016.
Lanvin Let Go Alber Elbaz
It was shockingly announced that Alber Elbaz was dismissed at Lanvin after 14 years as a creative director, due to differences with Lanvin’s majority owner Shaw-Lan Wang. Elbaz held the position since 2001. It was a highly controversial choice on behalf of Wang, and employees were outraged. The management of Lanvin and its works council are in the process of Parisian court battles, and a new artistic director has yet to be named.
Yeezy Debutes at NYFW
Kanye West made his New York Fashion Week debut with Yeezy Season 1 back in February and followed up with Yeezy Season 2 during the September show. Both collections were pretty similar, while reviews were not glowing yet the militant-inspired presentation were some of the most-buzzed about shows of the season, and both ended up selling out in a day. Front row seats included the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan, Beyoncé, Riccardo Tisci, Jay Z and Rihanna.
Raf Simons Leaves Dior
The designer’s departure from Dior, where he worked for three short successful years, ignited the conversation regarding designer burn out. In October, it was announced that Raf Simons would leave Dior due to reasons “based entirely and equally on my desire to focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside of my work.” Simons said several times that the ever-growing demand (as he was expected to show out full collections in as little as five weeks) contributed to the decision to part ways with the brand.
Alexander Wang Departure from Balenciaga
Alexander Wang was bowed out from his position as creative director for Balenciaga this summer. It was announced in July that Wang would be leaving Balenciaga by mutual consent with parent company Kering after three years as creative director. Wang is now keen to concentrate on his own brand once again. Just recently, he launched his jewelry line, while still seeking investments for his epynomous namesake label.
Balmain x H&M
It was none other than this collaboration of the year: Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain for H&M aka #HMBALMAINATION. The collaboration was announced at the AMAs in New York, with a campaign starring Jourdan Dunn, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid and pieces that revived archival runway look. The affordably-priced collection unsurprisingly sold out – fans even camped outside the stores – in record time and created mass hysteria in H&M stores across the globe.
Upside down models stacked together
Rick Owens made an attention-grabbing statement during the Spring 2016 collections by sending models down the runway wearing other models as human backpacks. The designer drew inspiration from both sisterhood and motherhood for yet another deeply unorthodox presentation. The statement was all about uplifting women and encouraging them to support one another—although maybe not as literally in real life as was demonstrated on the runway. Either way, it got people talking.
New York for Givenchy this year!
For the first-time ever, Givenchy opted to show at New York Fashion Week instead of in Paris. Riccardo Tisci decided to debut the Spring 2016 collection at NYFW to celebrate his 10th anniversary at Givenchy. Skyline of lower Manhattan was the backdrop for the runway. The beautiful production was a result of Tisci’s collaboration with Marina Abramovic. The spectacle attracted a star-studded front row including Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, Courtney Love and Uma Thurman and marked Julia Roberts’ first fashion show attendance in 17 years.
No Runway No Probs for Tom Ford
No vancy invitations, no coveted front row seats. This year Tom Ford opted to show his Spring 2016 collection through a three minute video starring Lady Gaga. The soundtrack features Nile Rodger’s ‘70s hit “I Want Your Love” revamped by mother monster herself. The fun, dance-heavy video marked the first time a designer debuted a collection with a pre-filmed video instead of a runway show. Gaga and the models dance down the runway flaunting the designer’s new spring garments, which include flowing printed top, beading, and a slew of sliverish textures all splashing down the catwalk-turned-dance floor.