Fluorescent leggings, designer protests, sartorial musical chairs… It’s been one wild ride in the fashion industry this year.
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It’s the fashion world’s dirty little secret: The more things change the more they stay the same. Not 2016—a year of wholesale upheaval if ever there were one. From the countless designer shake-ups at the world’s leading labels to the macro changes taking place in the fashion calendar, it was 12 months of constantly shifting sands.
A couple of new names, Alessandro Michele at Gucci and Demna Gvasalia at Vetements and Balenciaga, emerged as bona fide stars in a year in which we also lost legendary designers Sonia Rykiel and Andre Courrèges, photographer David Hamilton, and the model and Avedon muse China Machado.
Editorials everywhere bemoaned the death of the department store as if their fate had not been writ-large decades ago. Meanwhile, a greynaissance of sorts emerged on the runways, with Gucci’s granny-inflected glamour being the dominant motif and superannuated supermodel Lauren Hutton shining on the Bottega Veneta catwalk.
Not to be outdone, aging enfant terrible Madonna hit a bum note on the red carpet when she wore a derriere-revealing see-though Givenchy number to the Met Gala in May. Ah, some things never change.