As we release our Year in Focus e-book highlighting the best photography from 2014, we ask our experts across the business for their personal selection from the year.
Fashion Specialist Pat Lyttle has tracked the biggest stories of 2014 and picked his favorite pictures from those events.
2014 has been an eventful year, from the heart of the industry to the celebrity culture that helps fuel its momentum or in the public domain on the streets, where it’s easy to see the impact of fashion.
So what were the top stories? The big hitters, the ones that punched their way through to the front of the crowds clambering for attention.
The year started off with Awards Season. A back to back locomotive paced selection of TV, film and music industry awards. Most of these being red carpet events, there is a need for the most impactful attire to grip the media’s attention and the fight for that attention can be fierce.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards
The SAG Awards saw red carpet magic; from Juliette Lewis in a floral dress by Vivienne Westwood, Lupita Nyong’o (who was voted the most stylish woman of 2014), Camila Alves in a beautiful vintage yellow dress by Donna Karan, Michelle Dockery in a monochrome suit dress by J. Mendel to Sarah Hyland in a strapless dress by Pamella Roland.
The Grammy Awards
The Grammy Awards, the Oscars of the music industry, gave us style from Nicole Trunfio, Christine Teigen, Rita Ora, Keltie Knight and Madonna in a black zoot suit by Ralph Lauren.
The Emmy Awards
The Prime Time Emmy Awards saw Mad Men’s January Jones claim command of the red carpet in a stunning strapless ball gown with brocade pattern detail by designer Prabal Gurung, worn with Viennana booties by Christian Louboutin. In fact, the event was a sea of red as the clear winning trend of the event was in fact, red dresses. However, the top topic of the event was Lena Dunham’s amazing Giambattista Valli dress and the question, was it the best choice for her?
The one we all want to hear about is The Oscars or The Academy Awards. The biggest night in fashion, also referred to as ‘the best’ and ‘number one’ red carpet fashion event of the year. With tens of thousands of images shot and nearly as many stars and celebrities on the red carpet, it’s a magical evening of glamour and style. So what did 2014 show us? The top style winners were: Lady Gaga in a dress by Versace, Jada Pinkett Smith also in Versace, Jennifer Lawrence in a strapless dress by Christian Dior, Camila Alves in a dress by Gabriela Cadena, Kate Hudson in a silver gown by Atelier Versace, Angelina Jolie shimmering in silver Elie Saab, Amy Adams in a strapless midnight blue dress by Gucci and Lupita Nyong’o in Prada.
The fashion industry saw its fair share of major events and news stories. Possibly one of the biggest was the rather questionable behaviour or thoughts of fashion’s ‘enfant terrible’ John Galliano. After global outrage, he was dismissed from his decade long role of creative director to the house of Christian Dior. A court case saw the incredibly talented designer leave the world of fashion for a period of rehabilitation and plenty of time no doubt, to reflect upon his thoughts. Back he came, to not so much as a trumpet fanfare but to a new role as creative director to house of Maison Martin Margiela.
Moschino said farewell to its long time creative director Rossella Jardini. The brand has always been associated with playfulness and a fun approach to fashion, sitting quite happily in the middle of the playing field frequently reaching high with its beautiful signature jackets. But a new era, approach and creative director in Jeremy Scott, known for his fearfulness and love of colors, has given Moschino a new direction and a new younger market. Jeremy’s first two collections have been hugely popular.
Seen any fries sprouting out of an iPhone lately? Or a large ‘M’ standing not for the obvious fast food chain, but for Moschino on the front of clothing items? The famed fast food chain can only wish it had come up with this idea first.
Jeremy’s latest Barbie inspired collection is another winner for sure.
Rihanna named ‘Style Icon’ at the CFDA Awards
Rihanna at the CFDA AWARDS and that dress has surely made it into the top 20 most iconic dresses of all time. It all started with a Tweet in real time, between Rihanna and Vogue Chief Editor Anna Wintour.
Rihanna: What r u you doing? Bored.
Anna: Busy now. Speech.
Rihanna then walks onstage to collect the 2014 style icon award from Anna Wintour in a breath-taking shimmering see-through dress with matching head cap designed by Adam Selman. Her empowering acceptance speech includes the line “…even as a child I remember thinking she could beat me but she cannot beat my outfit.”
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on tour
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, went on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with her son, Prince George of Cambridge. Naturally the world’s media were there to follow her every move, as always, but more importantly, to report pictorially on what mother and son wore.
The coolest or most talked about fashion show was not a surprise. The Chanel A/W 2014 show in Paris. Not your average show. Chanel always tries to have a sense of one-upmanship on the other brands. So the first thing was to dispense of the catwalk. Decor and set design had to be the most elaborate and possibly the most expensive money can buy.
London did a great job with the trend for everyday household brands. The fun Anya Hindmarsh show saw all those amazing handbags with DAZ, Frosties, Cornflakes, Swanvesta, Kellogg’s, Coco Pops, and England’s Glory leaving many people awash with memories of old, now being shared with the young.
On to Milan and the ‘house of fun,’ Moschino, gave us phone cases with fries, Sponge Bob Square Pants dresses that appeared to be made of candy wrappers, and also a play on the Budweiser bottle packaging.
In the words of that Carly Simon song, ‘Nobody does it better.’
Well Chanel did.
Their entire show was held within a purpose built shopping arcade with every one of the items on the perfectly stacked shelves all branded cleverly with not only the Chanel logo, but also cleverly named products like ‘CoCo Flakes’ and ‘Tweed Orange.’ The catwalk became the shopping aisle. The show gave rise to major trends like padlocks worn as jewellery and Chanel’s sneaker bags that look like shopping baskets. What a show! Also the latest Chanel show for the SS 2015 season in Paris, saw the acquisition of Gisele Bundchen and ended with an organized faux protest march with banners and protesters shouting through megaphones. What would Mademoiselle Coco say to all this?
Cannes Film Festival
Models were on the red carpet in force during The 67th Annual Film Festival in Cannes. Ex model Uma Thurman, Natasha Poly, Bianca Balti, Barbara Palvin, Inna Zobova, Izabel Goulart, Irina Shayk in a hooded yellow gown by Atelier Versace, Liu Wen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Herzigova, Lara Stone, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and of course everyone’s favorite funster of the moment, Cara Delevingne dressed in Chanel. These were just some of the many catwalk fashion maidens to grace the event’s red carpet. The big trends of the event were dresses in white, black, pastel shades of purples and blue hues, like those of the Spring Summer 2014 Burberry collection, or that of the lilac dress worn by actress Yelena Lyadova.
The red carpet brand winner was clearly Gucci Premiere with dresses worn by many but perhaps most notably, the burgundy red dress worn by Blake Lively. The actress also wore a sea tone white dress by Chanel and a stunning showstopper monochrome fairy-tale gown also, by Gucci Premiere. Then there were the regular Festival Queens of style: Sharon Stone, Dior muse Marion Cotillard, Aishwarya Rai, Hofit Golan, Cheryl Cole in a strapless black showstopper gown by Monique Lhuillier with the most exciting high heel sandals by Gianvito Rossi worn by Jessica Chastain and Jane Fonda.Download the free Year in Focus book on iBooks