On a personal level, 2015 was, as always full of highs and lows. However, the highs definitely outweigh the lows. Yep, I got dumped, and it really wasn’t very nice, but I also had an incredible time in New York for the best joint birthday celebration ever, I visited Dublin, I got a cat (I had wanted one for about five years), I found someone gorgeous who had been under my nose the whole time, and moved in with him.
On a global scale, 2015 is the proud owner of many many awesome fashion moments. These are my favourites!
The fashion world collectively appreciated the older generation in 2015. From author Joan Didion posing for Celine and Joni Mitchell for Saint Laurent, both of whom are in their seventies, to a documentary about our beloved Iris Apfel, who’s 94, we’ve been spoilt, and I love it. It just goes to show that everyone is beautiful, and everyone can be stylish, whatever their age!
Savage Beauty at the V&A
I could probably write a thousand words on McQueen (and most likely will at some point, but I’ll spare you that for now) and I was lucky enough to go to this exhibition in the summer last year. It was, in a word, incredible. I went down and met with my friend A, and off we skipped to the V&A, two geeky little goth girls in awe of McQueen.
From antique gilded mirrors to the church of bones, each room had its own atmosphere – particularly the Voss room which was pretty creepy! I can’t even really describe the clothes adequately – you’ve seen the pictures, you know what McQueen’s work is like – and seeing it in person just takes it to another level.
I’ve never really been that physically close to high end fashion before either, so seeing that level of detail close up is astounding.
A definitely highlight of 2015 for both fashion and for me!
Goth in Mainstream Fashion
Goth makes an appearance pretty much every autumn/winter, but I enjoy it every time, because it’s never quite the same. The gothic romance and the dark, heavy fabrics are always appealing in the colder months, so you can guarantee that it will pop up somewhere.
For autumn/winter 2015, there were a few shows of solidarity. One of my favourites was from Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy. Taking inspiration from the disparaging cultures of Chola girls and Victorian high society, the show combined dark and feminine with kissing curls and lots of facial jewellery.
With Caitlyn Jenner transitioning (though personally I’m not sure how good she is as a role model/spokesperson to be honest) and Lea T as the first transgender model to front a global campaign for a beauty brand, along with awesome awesome awesome people like Laverne Cox, Hari Nef and Carmen Carrera all looking beautiful and doing beautiful things, it’s been a good year when it comes to fashion being that little bit more diverse.
See also: The Danish Girl, Transparent, Tangerine.
Designer Shake Ups
Is it me, or are they all quitting? Raf Simons left Dior, Alber Elbaz was forced out of Lanvin, Jonathan Saunders shut down his own label, Alexander Wang left Balenciaga – the list goes on. Suzy Menkes wrote an article on how this is all due to massive pressure on designers and their hectic schedules, which seems to hit the nail on the head. We’ll see what 2016 will bring on this score.
Zoolander is one of my favourite films of all time. so what with Derek and Hansel making their appearance on the catwalk and a trailer appearing, this has to be one of the best bits of 2015, and the film isn’t even out yet!
What are your favourite moments of 2015? Tell me!
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