Revisiting style milestones of 2014

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Revisiting style milestones of 2014

It was by far the year of Kardashians - Kim, Kanye, North West and Kendall. Their nonchalant and sometimes grotesque shenanigans kept the fashion addicts thoroughly entertained. Also, 2014 was the seminal year when Indian fashion clearly arrived - be it designer Rahul Mishra beating the likes of Altuzarra and clinching International Woolmark Prize or veteran designer Wendell Rodricks being honoured with Padma Shri. Internationally, fashion saw many arrivals and departures - John Galliano joined Maison Martin Margiela as creative director, the news of Frida Giannini's upcoming departure from Gucci after six years at the helm has already sparked off speculations about her successor. Then there were shockers like Rihanna's notorious nude dress at the CFDA and Balmain copying Alexander McQueen. Read on ...

Kardashians eclipse fashion
2014 was clearly the year of Kardashians. Hate them, poke fun at them but you can't ignore them. Kim and Kanye West graced the cover of Vogue US, while Kendall Jenner was featured as one of the Insta girls on the magazine's September issue. Since donning a wig for Marc Jacobs' Fall outing back in February, the 19-year-old has racked up a runway CV that would put many to shame. Lagerfeld's trip to Salzburg marked her 19th turn on the catwalk.
If this wasn't enough, North West made her Paris debut at Givenchy show sitting on the front row. Who can forget the leaked photos of Paper mag featuring full-frontal naked Kim Kardashian?

Return of the supermodel
Whether it was the return of Gemma Ward at Prada (garnering a collective gasp of appreciation from the fashion set), or Naomi Campbell's triumphant strut amidst the other catwalkers at Emilio Pucci, the runways this season were defined by surprise cameos. From Gisele Bündchen at Chanel to Miranda Kerr at Sonia Rykiel and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at Balmain, from Kirsten Owen andMaggie Rizer to Amber Valletta, Liya Kebede, and Freja Beha Erichsen, it became clear that when it comes to ruling the runway, it's not how much you do it, it's how well.

Oscar de la Renta passes away
The New York-based designer passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 82. Born in the Dominican Republic, he travelled to Madrid to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando when he was just 18. His introduction to fashion began there, after he was enlisted by Cristóbal Balenciaga to sketch for him. He then went to Paris, where he worked at Lanvin, before moving to New York in the early Sixties and setting up his own label.

John Galliano heads Maison Martin Margiela
John Galliano joined Maison Martin Margiela as creative directo. Galliano's first show, for the "artisanal line" will be held during Paris couture week in January. The artisanal line, formerly designed by Matthieu Blazy, is the house's closest thing to haute couture. And doubtless, it'll get closer, what with the wisdom of 15 years experience of Christian Dior's couture that Galliano brings with him.
The appointment by Rosso ends Galliano's three years in the wilderness since the designer was fired by Dior and later convicted and given a suspended fine by a Paris court for perpetrating a drunken anti-Semitic outburst in a bar in 2011.

Frida Giannini departs Gucci, Gaultier retires from ready-to-wear
Frida Giannini — is departing the company after six years at the helm. Giannini, who has served as creative director, will leave after Gucci's show in Milan on February 25, while CEO di Marco is slated to depart on January 1.
While Kering, the brand's holding company, has already selected Marco Bizzarri — its chief executive of luxury couture and leather goods — to step in as CEO, the mantle of creative director remains up for grabs. Already rumoured for the job: Riccardo Tisci and Joseph Altuzarra.
Besides, the former enfant terrible of French fashion - Jean Paul Gaultier -regarded by many as the designer who "wrote the rules" on ready-to-wear retired this year. Gaultier, 62, cited the hectic pace of the modern fashion industry for his decision to bow out after nearly 40 years.

Rihanna's nude dress
When Rihanna wore a sheer Adam Selman gown at CFDA Awards this week, the fashion galaxy went ballistic. Some thought it was smoking hot while others felt that it was alarmingly risque as everything was on display - boobs, butt, et al. Some Twitter bunnies went on to call it the most risque red carpet outfit of 2014. Funnily enough, the notorious translucent gown completely overshadowed the CFDA Awards recipients.

Rihanna was honoured with the 2014 Fashion Icon of the Year prize by Her Voguness, Anna Wintour who introduced the pop diva at the ceremony, noting that the three-time Vogue cover model "enjoys pushing buttons—while remaining true to (herself)." She gushed, "Rihanna speaks to her fans with her every look. And what she says to them—and I include all of us in that group—is that it's fun to feel a little boyish one day and dress up like a dazzling diva the next," before quipping, to laughter, "I think that's what she was going for tonight."

Designers get their due
Designer Rahul Mishra won the prestigious International Woolmark Prize entrenching India on the global style firmament. "This award will change the perception of global fashion in regards to Indian fashion and this is all because of wool - an amazing fibre, the fibre of possibilities," Mishra said.
"This win creates many possibilities for my brand and for India as a whole. Wool has inspired me and inspires many young designers from India to believe in craft and to create something which is as modern, with something which is as old, as a craft."
Representing India and the Middle East, Mishra was praised for his incredible knowledge of techniques and craftsmanship, with stunning embroidery adorning his six-piece capsule collection.
Another highlight was designer Wendell Rodricks being honoured the Padma Shri
"I am grateful to many people in Government, the media, friends and well wishers who ensured that I was considered for this honour," Rodricks said. "As a Goan, I am happy to have joined the ranks of many illustrious Goans. As a fashion designer, I am indebted to my fraternity for paving the way to this moment. Receiving the Padma Shri has made me resolve to work harder for my art, fraternity, community, Goa and India."

Atelier galore
Kala Ghoda is undoubtedly fashion's new chic district with the likes of Sabyasachi and Gaurav Gupta opening their ateliers there. Shyamal and Bhumika, Suneet Varma chose Kemps Corner, Payal Khandwala chose Colaba while Jade by Monica and Karishma opened their new store in the industrial Lower Parel.

Karl Lagerfeld accessories
Fendi's limited edition Bag Boy Karlito costing $1,685 had a waiting list of over 600 fashionistas and counting.
The Karlito made its first appearance at the fashion house's Milan fall runway show in February, dangling from the poised fingertips of supermodel Cara Delevingne. Designed to resemble the 80-year-old designer's signature monochrome uniform, the Karlito's sunglasses were black mink, his 'torso' was silver fox, and there was a tuft of goat fur sprouting from his 'head' for good measure. Then came Barbie Lagerfeld. Taking inspiration from the designer's signature style, Barbie was dressed in the designer's likeness with accents taken from the real Karl Lagerfeld line. Borrowing from Karl's iconic silhouette, the doll wears a tailored black jacket, white high-collared men's shirt with French cuffs and black satin cravat finished off with fitted black jeans featuring the iconic all-over head print.

Copycats galore
The question was who wore it better - Oliver Rousteing for Balmain S/S 2015 or Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Haute Couture S/S 1997?
At the spring 2015 Balmain preview during Paris Fashion Week, bloggers like Bryan Boy spotted a white pantsuit from the show that bore a striking resemblance to a look from Givenchy's spring 1997 couture line designed by Alexander McQueen. The white colour, torso cut-outs and cut of the suit in general were quite similar to say the least. Designer Nikhil Thampi who had showcased a very similar pantsuit was quick to tweet, "I feel you @balmainparis I do... " We aren't saying anything! Pictures say it all.

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