As 2015 comes to a close, it was right about time to look back on the ten best fashion moments of the year. A year full of interesting changes, often proof of an ever-growing tolerance and open-minded attitudes within the fashion industry.

 Balmain x H&M
Possibly the most anticipated designer collaboration of the year, H&M had social media abuzz for months with their Balmain x H&M collection released back in November. Ad campaigns featuring the It-models of the year Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, multiple events and fashion shows pre-launch and compounded with Olivier Rousteing’s prominent status as a social media star have kept the hype going of this much-obsessed collection. Released worldwide on November the 5th, thousands of fans around the world queued up to snag a piece of the collection (even to the extent of reselling the pieces on ebay before they had their hands on them) with videos of the chaos of the #HMBalmaination shopping events went viral. It was a testament to Olivier’s status as a fashion figure of influence and a sought-after designer with this sold-out collection.

 Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga
Only 3 years after being named the head designer of Balenciaga, Alexander Wang announced that he will be leaving the French fashion house to focus on his own label during his last collection for the brand at Paris Fashion Week SS16. However, the biggest surprise was the news of the announcement of his successor, Demna Gvasalia.
As the artistic director of the niche Parisian label Vêtements, he’s been sung high praises by the likes of Kanye West and his fashion peers and also by François Pinault, CEO of Kering, the parent company of Balenciaga. In his words, Demna ‘embodies a unique approach to the profession’ and is said to be ‘humble and rigorous in his work’.
Rendez-vous in February 2016 for Gvasilia’s debut.

Givenchy in NYC
Taking place on September 11th on Pier 26, a riverside location close to the Freedom Tower, Givenchy’s Spring-Summer 16 show in New-York was placed under the sign of peace, freedom and most importantly, Love. For the 10th anniversary of Riccardo Tisci as the head of the brand, production details were all out: 1200 seats (from which some were given away to the public) were set up on the pier to make way for 88 silhouettes coming down the runway, a live performer closing the show with Ave Maria while all of Tisci’s megastar friends put their hands together to salute his genius. As always, Riccardo outdid himself with a stellar collection merging Gothic elements and flirted with Romantic influences and created, along with stylist Katie England, a show that is probably one of Givenchy’s most memorable to date.

Kanye West x Adidas show
After a questionable fashion attempt in 2012, Kanye paired up with Adidas once again to produce the Yeezy collections – 2 seasons so far- which both shown in NYC, leaving the public quite perplexed. Dark color palettes, loose fabrics, bizarre cuts were the makeup of this provocative collection. While some described it as the revelation of Mr West’s talent some other can’t help but wonder if the hype factor that exudes from Kanye would make anything successful. With a sold-out Yeezy Boost track record under his belt, we bet that poor sales would be the least of the rapper’s woe with this collaboration.

Zoolander takes Valentino
Ahead of the highly anticipated release of Zoolander 2 next February, main actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson added another string to their bow as they walked down the Valentino runway during the brand’s show last March. Proof that Fashion isn’t always so serious, this probably remains 2015’s most off-the-wall stunt to happen on the catwalks of fashion week as of late. Catch the full action on Zoolander 2, soon-to-be-released  on February 12th 2016.

The Hermes Apple watch
High fashion meets technology as Apple and Hermes released a timeless version of the Applewatch in lieu of the release of the gadget. Featuring Hermes’ signature double tour watch bracelet with personalizing options, it surely became 2015 most desirable piece. Delicate yet modern, this partnership is infinitely luxurious.

A step forward for the A-Genders
2015 marked a big turn of events for the A-gender and transsexual community in the fashion industry. Lead by former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, who transitioned and debuted his coming out on the July cover of Vanity Fair now known as Caitlyn Jenner to Australian model Andreja Peji?, who also underwent transition and was the first openly transgender model profiled in the May 2015 issue of Vogue.

Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Alessandro Michele, former head of accessories at Gucci, landed at the spot of creative director succeeding to Frida Giannini who left the house after 10 successful years. Despite many wagging tongues and skepticism of Gucci’s move to hire Alessandro, his first womenswear collection for Autumn/Winter 2015 made it clear that he is right where he needs to be. Acclaimed by many critics for his fresh vision of the brand’s look, he won the very prestigious International Fashion Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Award last November. Thanks to Alessandro, the new Gucci woman carries a vintage, bohemian allure with a classy silhouettes, and a personality that is more desirable than ever.

Cruise shows goes All Out
It seems like 2015 was the year of elaborate Cruise collections for the main players of the fashion scene. Raf Simons took Dior to the French Riviera last May, showing in Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace with breathtaking views on the Mediterranean, delivering a very inspired collection that will remain one of his last contribution to the House of Christian Dior.
Louis Vuitton also took the cruise concept to the extreme, by carrying its second Croisiere collection staged in Palm Springs at a magnificent property conceived by modernist architect John Lautner that happened to be the ideal location to match the very ‘Desert Modernism’ collection designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere.

John Galliano’s return and Raf Simons’ and Alber Elbaz’s Exit
2015 was indeed a rough year for fashion, seeing many departures and unlikely entries in huge labels and fashion houses. The very beginning of 2015 saw the return of the volcanic former designer of Dior, John Galliano as the creative designer of the avant-garde couture House Maison Martin Margiela. For his debut collection for the label, large components of the collection is composed of classy trouser-suits and architectural dresses akin to Galliano’s visually masterful delivery.  Also rocking in the Dior house is the departure of Raf Simons; who left soon after the label’s SS16 show in Paris leaving many to question the pace of consumer demands in fashion. Not far behind later was Alber Elbaz, who exited the Lanvin post wich then sparked rumours of his appointment on Raf’s post. While none have been confirmed, 2016 will showcase new line-up of designers that will conjure an exciting line-up of new collections.

Written by: Cynthia Jreige

Edited by: Haida Yusof

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