What with Lady Gaga’s infamous “meat dress,” plus the fashion world following the every outfit of established icons like Kate Moss and new ones like Rihanna, there was plenty going on in the world of style in 2010. Here are a few of the biggest style stories of the year.
Death of Alexander McQueen
The world of fashion gasped upon learning of the death by suicide of designer Alexander McQueen February 11. Only 40, McQueen was already a four-time winner of the British Designer of the Year Award, and in 2003 was named the International Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. “Lee,” as he was known to his friends, influenced a generation of designers the world over with his seemingly limitless imagination and technical prowess. Credited with raising the profile of British fashion in the world, McQueen had been devastated by the recent death of his mother in the days leading up to his death.
Lanvin Collection for H&M
Between the announcement of the joint venture in September and its launch Nov. 20, Lanvin’s collection for H&M was all the rage. Though designer Alber Elbaz thought “there would be no one” at the collection’s launch, there were, in fact, huge lines, and WWD jumped right in and got the story on how much people were spending. Several shoppers confessed to dropping up to $3,000 on pieces from the collection. Lanvin, a design house that swore it would never do a mass market collection, insisted that the collaboration marked H&M’s going upscale rather than Lanvin going mass market. The reality was that it was a roaring success.
Fashion Impact of First Lady Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama, who reportedly paid for her inaugural fashions from her own pocket rather than borrowing, has continued to bring attention to fashion designers that are not quite in the center of the fashion world’s radar screen. By wearing designs by Jason Wu, Thakoon, Isobel Toledo, and Narciso Rodriguez, the First Lady has widened the horizons of fashion followers everywhere. Mrs. Obama also made fashion news in December, wearing a vintage Norman Norrell dress with a gorgeous full tulle skirt to the Christmas in Washington concert.
Tom Ford Makes Triumphant Return to Women’s Wear
Tom Ford hasn’t exactly been out of the headlines in recent years. But after dressing James Bond, dominating menswear, and directing an Oscar-nominated movie, he finally did what so many were waiting for him to do: start designing clothes for women again after a five year break. A super-secret show was done back in September, where a small collection was modeled by the likes of Beyoncé and Julianne Moore. The clothes were exactly what we’d expect from Ford: sexy with a touch of disco glam, and perfect in every way.
A Royal Engagement
Few things stir the imaginations of celebrity watchers and style watchers as a royal engagement, and the announcement of the engagement of Prince William to long-time love Kate Middleton is one the world has waited nearly 30 years for. Not since his famous mother’s engagement has there been such a stir, and in a world where happy news seems to scarce at times. The lovely couple will wed next spring at Westminster Abbey, giving the world several months in which to entertain visions of what the new royal bride will wear, during and after the big event.