Top 10 fashion moments for 2013

Dec 25 2013 by
Categories : Fashion


This was one of my favourite photos from our Spring/Summer 2013 Trend report. The Karl illustrations, by the talented Monica Smiley, were a charming counterpoint to this over-sized über-fashionable beach tote. Photo by Norbert Mayer

1. Accessory of the year: Goes to the Chanel hoop bag for being delightfully and ridiculously OTT. If you missed Grace O’Connell’s piece on the
psychology of carrying a designer bag, check it out and then indulge. After all, you’re worth it.

Only Phoebe Philo could perform this fashion miracle. Image courtesy of ImaxTree.

2. Accessory comeback of the year: Phoebe Philo’s “Furkenstocks” transformed the lowly Birkenstocks from boho staple, to high-fashion statement. We’re already obsessing over our favourite spring/summer 2014 accessories. Here are
60 pieces on our wish list.
Read on to find out what other fashion moments captured our attention and imagination this year?

Cara Delevingne brow Warning: Staring at these brows too long will induce serious envy. Image courtesy of ImaxTree.

3. Runner-up to accessory of the year: Cara Delevingne’s supremely bold brows. If you weren’t blessed with similar features, we’ll show you
how to create fake full brows.

British Fashion Awards 2013 - Winners Room Edie Campbell ruled the runways this past season. A new model mogul is born! Photo courtesy of WireImage.

4. Model moments: Cara’s brows may have been trending (#carabrow), but the “It” Brit was dethroned by Edie Campbell, who won this year’s coveted model of year nod at the British Fashion Awards. If you missed her Love magazine’s advent calendar outing, click here.

Balenciaga - Runway RTW - Fall 2013 - Paris Fashion WeekImage courtesy of Getty Images.

5. Grand entrances: At the fall/winter 2013 shows in Paris, Alexander Wang debuted his first collection for Balenciaga to affectionate praise. Executive editor, Laura deCarufel
was at the show. Was she as charmed as some other fashion scribes?

MarcJacobsImage courtesy of ImaxTree.

6. Grand departures: Marc Jacobs’
final runway turn at Louis Vuitton was a dazzling send-off. Jil Sander left her house again—for the third time. And Ann Demeulemeester—
the reigning queen of slouchy, gothic chic—also bid “adieu."
Opening of Ian Schrager's Private Park At the Hudson

Images courtesy of WireImage.

7. Grand returns:
Nicolas Ghesquiere left Balenciaga and was later anointed Jacobs’ successor at Louis Vuitton.


Photo courtesy of

8. Fashion statements: Rick Owens
shook up the Paris spring 2014 season when American Step dancers stomped their way into fashion history challenging the lack of racial and body diversity on the runways. Off the runway, Iman, Naomi Campbell and former model agent BethAnn Hardison criticized designers for their lack of diversity. “Eyes are on an industry that season after season watches fashion design houses consistently use … one or no models of color. No matter the intention, the result is racism,” they wrote on a note that was posted on the site Balance Diversity. Karl Lagerfeld also played provocateur when he ended his “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” couture show with a pair of female brides.

Photography by Geoffrey Ross.

9. Fave fashion collaboration Isabel Marant’s
collection for H&M because it captured the Parisian’s bohemian aesthetic perfectly. Check out
our top 10 pieces.  

Image courtesy of Getty for MTV.

10. Fashion trendsetters: It’s rather a stretch to include
Miley Cyrus and
Kate Middleton in the same category, but their sartorial choices—yes, even Miley’s teddy-bear leotard—were among the most analyzed—and influential—looks of 2013.
More reads:
Everything we’ve ever written about Kate Middleton … your one-stop source.
Everything we’ve written so far about Spring/Summer fashion for 2014. Start dreaming of your spring wardrobe now.

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