ADORINGDRESSESAU - Keskiviikkona, 28.12.2016 klo 09:29

The top fashion stories of 2016

It’s been a turbulent year for politics and finance – even the fashion world wasn’t left unscathed. Here’s a look back at the industry’s top stories in 2016, from fashion’s constant musical chairs to the rise of streetwear and see now/buy now.

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1. Trading places
This year saw a record number of changes and departures at various maisons. Hedi Slimane exited Saint Laurent, Peter Copping left Oscar de la Renta, Peter Dundas departed Roberto Cavalli and the Public School boys stepped down from DKNY.
The biggest breakup was at Valentino, where co-creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri went their separate ways after working together for eight years at the house (and many years at various brands before that).

2. Girl power
Women came out on top in the fashion world. Former Valentino co-creative director Chiuri made history as the first woman creative director at Dior. Ex-Balenciaga designer Bouchra Jarrar took the reins at French couture house Lanvin, where she had big shoes to fill. Both women sent out debut catwalk collections that celebrated strength and femininity. At Dior, models sauntered down the catwalk in T-shirts emblazoned with slogans such as “We Should All Be Feminists” and “Dio(r)evolution.” Jarrar featured draped dresses and tailoring covered with neck ties and floral brooches. It’s official – girl power is back!

3. Keeping up with Kimye
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West continued to dominate the fashion headlines (and we’re not talking about their outfit choices). West’s year started off well when he unveiled his autumn/winter Yeezy collection at the same time as his latest album Life of Pablo. His spring/summer debut didn’t go as well – he sent industry insiders on a trek outside of Manhattan, while models ended up fainting due to heat and dehydration. A few weeks later during Paris Fashion Week, Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint in her private apartment/hotel and robbed of US$11 million worth of jewels.
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