Photography by Matthew Barlow
Photography by Matthew Barlow
It seems like yesterday that we were counting down to 2014 with a glass of bubbly… Now 12 months, 365 days and 8,760 hours (if my math skills are correct) later we are donning our glitzy dresses and popping bottles to welcome 2015. This year went by far too fast. But although the year seemed about the same length as Paris Hilton’s music career, the amount of memorable moments in the fashion industry was far and plenty. Here’s the 14 moments in fashion that defined 2014:
14. Lupita Nyong’o at EVERY SINGLE awards ceremony
A relative novice to the red carpet world, the ’12 Years A Slave’ actress managed to top the best ,dressed list of every glossy. With her array of bright dresses and flawless hair and makeup, we salute you girl!
13. The Ugly Shoe Trend In General
Ah.,.. this one is pretty oxymoronic. The shoes that would have been deemed ‘unstylish’ for the past few decades have leapt their way to the footwear forefront. I adore my flatforms and sliders, may they parade memorably into 2015!
12. The Death of Oscar De La Renta
Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite designer passed away at 82. Oscar will forever be remembered for his stunning, intricate evening dresses.
11. The Return Of Gemma Ward
Alienesque fashionistas all over the world jumped for joy when Gemma Ward made her official return to modelling at Prada at Milan Fashion Week.
10. Ellen De Generes’s Oscar Selfie
9. Pretending We Were Constantly About To Hit The Gym
Anyone else spent the year hanging around in mesh and sports bras eating chocolate? The sports luxe trend was the one that ruled this year, as it continues into 2015.
8. Gisele’s Chanel No 5 Campaign
Directed by the amazing Baz Luhrman, this advertorial for the worlds most iconic fragrance is purely stunning.
7. Moschino’s ‘Junk Food’ Collection
Jeremy Scott combined fashion and politics when his McDonald’s- inspired pieces graced the catwalk.
6. Kimye’s Wedding
The reality stars wedding was a fashionista’s dream, with a Givenchy Haute Couture dress and pre-wedding lunch at Valentino’s chateau.
5. Marc Jacobs Leaving Louis Vuitton
Marc Jacobs stepped down after 16 years as creative director at Louis Vuitton. His finale collection was for S/S and featured heavy embellishments.
4. The Rise Of The Fashion Blogger
2. Emma Watson’s #HeForShe Campaign
Everyone’s favourite Harry Potter star shattered discriminative views of feminism during her heartfelt speech at the 2014 UN Conference. And what’s more stylish then a powerful women fighting gender equality?
1. Street Style
If anything has influenced what we have worn in 2014, it has to be street style! From on the streets at fashion week, to fashion bloggers and girls next door, what we wear is determined by each other more then ever!
It’s the one fashion show on the planet that your other half doesn’t mind watching with you. Yep, you guessed it… I’m talking about the infamous Victoria’s Secret Runway Show.
In case you missed it, here it is in a nutshell: Ariana Grande got whacked in the face by an angel wing, the two fantasy bras were modeled by Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, Taylor Swift high- fived her super model BFF’s while performing in a lacy black number and Ed Sheeran well and truly enjoyed performing as some of the hottest women in the world strutted past him.
Here’s some of my favorite looks from the show, as well as 20 random facts that you probably didn’t know about the worlds most iconic underwear brand….
1. Victoria’s Secret was originally created as a lingerie shop that men could feel comfortable in.
Founder Ray Raymond confessed to feeling ‘perverted’ when he roamed department stores for underwear for his wife. Seeing many of his friends felt the same way, he created Victoria’s Secret.
2. Who is the mysterious Victoria?
Surprisingly, there was never a stunningly busted Victoria who held a secret, the store was instead named after it’s Victorian boudoir elements.
3. Adriana Lima is the longest serving angel in the brands history, having started in 2000.
4. Each model has to re-audition for the show every single year
5. Angel Candice Swanepoel is worth $15 Million
9. The two fantasy bras are made from 16,00 rubies, diamonds and sapphires strung together with 18 karat gold.
Now that’s fancy.
10. Models work out for 2 hours a day, 6 days a week
11. The Angels have a combined 17.5 million Instagram followers
12. Karlie Kloss is the youngest Victoria’s Secret Angel, at 22
13. The company was founded in 1977
14. The average angel is 5ft 10
15. Karlie Kloss has her own room in Taylor Swift’s apartment
That’s what we call a good best friend
16. Alessandra Ambrosio had never worked out, until she became an Angel
Oh to have those genes…
17. ‘Victoria’s Secret Hair’ is some of the most requested worldwide
(All photos from vogue.com.au)
This campaign perfectly embodies the smoky glossed look we all want to rock at those Christmas parties.
Fact: Skirts were invented over 12,000 years ago.
How strange is it to think of our Neanderthal sisters rocking a skirt to their cave dances? (Fancy dress inspo, much?) Less obscure, is the stunning Roman women trying to catch the attention of the star gladiator in their cute tunic skirts.
It’s safe to say that skirts remain one of the oldest garments ever worn by the female species and, throughout time, has been used to shape and enhance the female form.
But is your skirt making the most of your figure?
Here’s my guide to selecting the perfect skirt to flaunt your stuff in.
Shake it off! Shake it off! Wooo-oooo-hooo!
The Midi Skirt
DO IT: Bottom Heavy Beauties
DO IT: Slim and Lean Ladies
The Assymetric Mini Skirt
DO IT: Petite Pretties
Under 5ft 4? This one’s a sure fire hit for you! Slitted numbers or assymetric details will elongate the top of the legs: now you really can look like Naomi! Tall and slim sisters: you can rock this shape too: as the beautiful Karolina Kurkova proves above.
Speaking frankly as a pear shaped sister: my assymetric mini skirts seldom see daylight. Why? They cling in all the wrong places and the slits/ weird hemlines further draw attention to my thunder thighs. But there is a cheat…. skorts! They have the cute detailing of an assymetric mini, but have the added support of shorts underneath and are sans the cling factor!
DO IT: Hourglass Hunnies!