As the end of the year quickly approaches, The State of Fashion looks back at some of the most important moments in fashion news this year. From COVID putting a wrinkle in many of our Fashionable plans to the Return of Sex and the City, read on for the Highlights of 2021:
No outfit was complete this year without a mask to ward off the life threatening effects of…the contagious COVID virus. While it seemed as if widespread vaccination would render us safe to gather, new variants like Delta and the novel Omicron continue to keep us socially distanced. That said, key fashionable events like the Met Gala, the CFDA Awards, and Fashion Week went off without incident in 2021. Our hope for 2022 is that life can somewhat go back to normal.
2.Rest in Peace to Virgil Abloh, Alber Elbaz, and Joan Didion
2021 marked the untimely and unfortunate passing of fashion icons and innovators Virgil Abloh, Alber Elbaz, and Joan Didion. Abloh was known as the history-making creative director of his own brand, Off White, and the first creative director of Louis Vuitton Menswear of African descent. Elbaz made his mark at Lanvin, and Didion was a certified trendsetter. Their contributions to culture and fashion will be missed.
3.The Return of Sex and the City with And Just Like That
Sex and the City returned this year, minus Samantha, and with a new title: And Just Like That, which debuted on HBO MAX. Like other sequels, this one could have honestly stayed in idea mode. In addition to Samantha’s mysterious disappearance (which was explained away with feeble details of a vicious ‘fight,’), Patricia Field’s styling genius was also gone, leaving the fashion little to write about. While I could go on about what a disappointment And Just Like That is, all I can say is: thank GOD we can still watch reruns of the original for true nostalgia.
4. Kimye (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West)
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are arguably the most influential fashion couple, with Kanye nabbing billionaire status with his Yeezy brand, and Kim not too far behind with Skims, KKW Beauty, and her collaboration with Fendi. 2021 was littered with news of Kanye’s breakdowns and their impending divorce, followed by Kim’s dates with unusual subjects like Pete Davidson. In a Drink Champs episode, Kanye said he wants his family to be back together, so let’s hope that 2022 aligns these lovebirds again.
5. Inauguration Style: Joe and Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, and the Obamas
2021 ushered in a new administration, and chic style to boot. Inauguration kicked the year off in style, with Kamala Harris and former First Lady Michelle Obama in Sergio Hudson, Dr. Jill Biden in Gabriela Hearst, and Joe Biden’s Granddaughters in Brandon Maxwell, Adam Lippes, and Lafayette 148. Even Poet Amanda Gorman made a lasting impression in a yellow Prada Coat. Let’s hope the administration performs as well as it looks. See more Inauguration style here.
6.Daniel Lee out at Bottega
Daniel Lee, who was primarily responsible for a resurgence in relevance of the brand Bottega, was out, suddenly, after the brand held a show in Detroit, which featured front row guests like Mary J Blige and Lil Kim. Daniel introduced cult-like items like pouch bags, woven mules, and stretch sandals. In a statement, Daniel Lee expressed: “My time at Bottega Veneta has been an incredible experience. I am grateful to have worked with an exceptional and talented team and I am forever thankful to everyone who was part of creating our vision. Thank you to Francois-Henri Pinault for his support, and for the opportunity to be part of Bottega Veneta’s story.” There is no news of where Lee will end up next, but wherever he lands will be lucky to have him.
7.The Return of Bennifer (J. Lo and Ben Affleck)
Jennifer Lopez surprised the world by breaking her engagement with Alex Rodriguez and going back to former boyfriend, Ben Affleck. JLo is a certified Style Icon, so whoever she is with tends to rise to the occasion when they’re with her; Affleck did just that, matching her fly with tailored suits and sharp haircuts. They stole all the attention at red carpets and on sidewalks.
8.Phoebe Philo Returns
Celine and Chloe former creative director, Phoebe Philo, teased a return to the fashion world this summer, planning the launch of an LVMH backed brand, hopefully with her signature minimalist, chic design aesthetic. We can’t wait to see what she produces come 2022!
That does it! What fashion stories topped your list this year?
Wishing you a glorious New Year and start to 2022!