A lot happened in 2014. We watched the popularity for the sky-high heel change from 6-inch
stilettos to barely 2 inches of plastic wedge on a sneaker. Everyone seemed to be straightening their hi-low hemlines and ditching ombre locks for a singular color, but that is not all that happened.
The most talked about trend in 2014 just might be Normcore which could very well go down in history as the most banal of all fashion trends. Normcore’s basic tenant is not to stand out through fashion or to dress with complete neutrality. This is ironic because when something is labeled “a trend” it is no longer neutral because it is committed to the definition of a look. The look of Normcore is not what leaves me scratching my head. It is that wearing jeans, tee-shirts, hoodies and tennis shoes is called anything.
With all the flash and bling of the last few decades at the Oscars it was not only refreshing but breathtaking when Lupita Nyong’o stepped out in her unembellished and exquisitely-articulated gown by Prada.
This was definitely the year the fashion industry tried to install a much needed change in the size of models by introducing the large-sized model. However, the truth is these large-sized models were not any bigger than a size 14, but compared to the skeletal creatures that move listlessly down the runway these women were gargantuan. Nice try fashion industry—try harder.
Diane von Furstenberg’s simple yet brilliant wrap dress turned 40 this year. There are so many dimensions of this distinguished anniversary that we all should be celebrating. First, the wrap dress is fashion at its best—its ability to be timeless. The wrap dress flies in the face of the current trend of disposable fashion. Second, Diane von Furstenburg founded and created a successful brand that is entirely of her making. Happy Anniversary DVF!
Bad boys come and bad boys go. This year the infamous Dov Charney, CEO and founder of American Apparel, was asked to empty his desk. According to news media Dov has been abusing his position by being extremely inappropriate with female employees. His unbecoming behavior was
no surprise to anyone, including the board as there are plenty of law suits pending. So why suddenly did the board remove Charney when his poor behavior has been out in the open for years? Oh yes, American Apparel was losing money—someone had to go.
Welcome back to John Galliano, who in 2011 was caught on video recklessly spewing anti-Semitic toxins in rapid fire. Consequently, he lost his position as creative director for Dior but after much apologizing he is back in the saddle working as creative director for Maison Martin Margiela. Apology accepted.
A lot happened in 2014 with the passing of one of America’s great designers. We said good-bye to Oscar de la Renta who dressed first ladies and smart city women. Truly a man for all seasons.
Eat well, laugh a lot and be chic in 2015!