The year 2014 in fashion

  • Satarupa Paul, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 27, 2014 20:33 IST

Some awed us, some plain confused us. Some styles and people were conspicuous by their absence. Trendspotting was incredibly fun this year. Stunner of the year

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a gold Roberto Cavalli fishtail gown at Cannes 2014 (this was her 12th appearance at the festival). We think it’s her best Cannes appearance ever. Also, Ash in another sizzling silver Roberto Cavalli number at the Miss World 2014 pageant – such fab!

Apparently, her Cannes gown was worn once before at the Oscars this year by American singer Kristin Chenoweth. Nobody remembers, nobody cares.


Normcore, defined as “a trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement” was shortlisted for Oxford’s Word of the Year for 2014. From Milan to Paris to New York, it was one of the biggest fashion trends on the ramps. Word has it that President Obama, often derided for his lack of sartorial acumen, also found fashion refuge in this trend.

Big fat numbers

Rs 40 crore

The amount that Nita Ambani draped on herself in the form of a sari. It featured reproductions of 11 paintings by Raja Ravi Verma and entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s costliest sari.

The amount Romeo Beckham, David Beckham’s 12-year-old son, cashed in for one day’s work as a model for high-end fashion brand Burberry, making him one of the world’s highest-earning models.

We do give a ‘F’

Calvin Klein, in their new underwear campaign, featured a US size 10 model. Although it ignited a lot of social media ire (“If she’s plus size, I must be extra plus plus”) the model technically falls into the plus size.

Victoria’s Secret was mired in controversy when they featured their angels with the slogan “The Perfect ‘Body’”. Critics called it “offensive and damaging to women.” The slogan was promptly replaced with, “A Body for Every Body.”

American Vogue featured a beautiful lingerie shoot with five ‘body positive’ models and a headline that went, “Give me a D! Give me a F! Because gorgeous bras come in all shapes and sizes.” 2014 definitely was the year when we embraced the plus size.

When the flowers bloomed

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is known to make brides glimmer and grooms gleam. This year, the master of Indian couture made them bloom. His collection of floral sherwanis was baroque, tipsy, and as some thought, almost overwhelming.

Depends on how you see it, they were either outright outrageous or oh-so-much-fun! To love it or to hate it? The verdict at


was divided. Either way, it was definitely the standout look of the year.

Lady Gaga

We missed her this year. We hope the style icon will be back in her quirky avatars in 2015.


We ignored it the last few seasons, but it will be back in a big way in 2015 with sequins, floral prints et al.


Men, take the backseat. Because this new year, trouser suits, boyfriend-jeans and power dressing are all for the girls.

From HT Brunch, December 28
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