Top 5 fashion stories of 2014
The fashion world lost two beloved and influential icons from very different arenas of the industry this year. Iconic designer Oscar De La Renta passed away after battling cancer, leaving behind an enduring mark on style, glamour and class. 2014 also saw the passing of comedienne, fashion commentator and hilariously acerbic wit Joan Rivers following routine surgery. Her scathing reviews on E! Channel's Fashion Police and her candid personal honesty won't be forgotten anytime soon, nor will her legacy of paving the way for female comedians.
2: Glassons' sagas
Local womenswear retailer Glassons made headlines for all the wrong reasons this year. After struggling financially for the past few years due to the onset of ecommerce competitors and international labels, they were reluctantly thrust into the news with an unfortunate one-two punch of controversy of emaciated mannequins and an ill-conceived television ad. A social media frenzy began when their "bony" mannequins were pointed out, with everyone worth their salt picking a side and the whole situation snowballing into a bigger debate about eating disorders, beauty standards and accountability. A week later and more pearls were clutched around the country following the unveiling of their "rodeo" themed advertisement that rightfully drew the ire of both animal rights activists and people who dislike poorly conceived ads.
3: Trelise Cooper at NZFW
After very public faux pas by both Victoria's Secret and Chanel, one would think that local designer Trelise Cooper would possess more common sense (or at least a better Google search history) than to include Native American war bonnets in her latest show at NZFW. To add insult to injury, she maintained she was inspired by Ibiza and "festival chic".
4: Model Diversity
The runways and high-gloss pages of the fashion world are ever-slowly creeping towards increasing diversity of models. 2014 saw the growing visibility and success of models like Joan Smalls, Liya Kebede, Liu Wen and Fei Fei Sun - all enjoying an almost relieving normality with their amount of exposure on magazine covers, catwalks and ad campaigns. Andreja Pejic's (née Andrej) publically announced transition and subsequent professional name change was a brave move by the stunning model after rising to fame initially as an androgynous male model to now work exclusively as a transgender female - providing honesty, strength and a visible face to trans community.
5: Rihanna's CFDA dress
If you're going to accept a Fashion Icon award like Rihanna did at the CFDA's then you might as well wear little more than a handful of crystals over your entire body. Obviously she's the only person that can truly pull this off, although people were shocked regardless. It was also Rihanna's way of making a statement about Instagram's approach to censorship and their archaic double standards of their policy to the female nipple (after closing her account in protest, she reinstated it just in time for Halloween).
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