So, after what feels like a very long festive break (but one which also sped by fuelled by large quantities of alcohol and mince pies…I feel 10 stone heavier!), I’m back at home and mulling over the last year and some of the defining fashion moments of 2011. I’ve picked out five, all of which have made an impact for very different reasons…
John Galliano’s meteoric fall from grace, following an anti-Semitic rant in a bar in Paris, was by far the most scandalous fashion moment of 2011. He was on trial in September and found guilty, ending his 14-year career at luxury fashion house Christian Dior.
He has still not been replaced, but reports are circulating that Jil Sander’s creative director Raf Simons is poised to sign a contract to take over at the helm of Dior. This could spark a new direction for the Christian Dior label, moving away from its romantic aesthetic to a more modern and minimalistic look; which Raf is known for. Galliano has kept his head down since the trial, aside from making the wedding dress of BF Kate Moss this summer, he has dipped off the fashion radar for the time being.
As the world looked on, Catherine Middleton stepped out of the royal Rolls-Royce at Westminster Abbey draped in a stunning Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen) dress. Kate’s dress was definitely the most talked about and (not-so) best kept fashion secret of 2011.
Alongside dressing the bride, Sarah Burton designed the chief bridesmaid’s dress for Pippa Middleton, which single-handedly catapulted Pippa into the eyes of the media world – clinging in all the right places – and making her a star in her own right. It was a career defining moment for Sarah Burton and she went on to win designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards in late November.
As Danish TV shows go, it’s safe to say The Killing’s lead character Sarah Lund has sparked the biggest fashion frenzy when it comes to festive jumpers. I’ve just finished watching the second series, which is 10 episodes and absolutely brilliant. I eagerly looked out for my jumper fix, which helped define series one, but the lead character has definitely muted her tastes in the second series, perhaps not wanting her jumper to overshadow her acting (God forbid!)
However, she still sports some festive red jumpers, amongst others, and the actress Sofie Grabol (who plays Sarah Lund) told January’s issue of Vogue that she could not escape the ‘jumper-effect’. She said: “I’ve got to get my jumper back. I can’t play Sarah without it. I was pissed off with myself, surrendering to the stupid jumper. But it felt wrong. The jumper’s stronger than me.”
Supermodel Kate Moss’ marriage to rocker boyfriend Jamie Hince this summer was a key date in the fashion diary. With a dress designed by Galliano and a raft of bridesmaids (16 in total!), fashion-weight guests including Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Sadie Frost danced the night away in the grounds of Kate’s rural Cotswold pad.
It was the year of the Kate’s, but as much as Kate Middleton’s was about tradition, ceremony and pomp; Kate Moss’ wedding was the bohemian, rock’n’roll antidote.
VB cemented her status in the fashion world, by winning brand of the year at the British Fashion awards in November. Alongside gaining increasing recognition for her mainline collection, Victoria has launched a lower-priced diffusion line called ‘Victoria,’ which has a fun, playful and girly feel to it.
VB’s collections are flying off the shelves and following her accolade as brand of the year, 2012 is set to be a big year for the Victoria Beckham label.