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Top 10 fashion moments of 2014

There’s no going forward without looking back, and as we gear up for a new year of fashion, it’s worth reflecting on the highlights that made 2014, 12 months to remember.

fashion and trends Updated: Dec 25, 2014 18:26 IST
Sanya Panwar
Sanya Panwar
Hindustan Times
fashion,fashion moments,2014

There’s no going forward without looking back, and as we gear up for a new year of fashion, it’s worth reflecting on the highlights that made 2014, 12 months to remember.

2014 saw a summer of crop tops, tight-ass skirts, and logo mania -- remember the sequinned garments emblazoned with the words Coca-Cola and that Moschino collection, which played with images from McDonald’s and Hershey’s? Of, course, you do! And it saw a winter of 60s nostalgia and ultra-graphic futuristic street-wear. While Lupita Nyong'o was crowned red carpet queen in bold Prada, and Jared Leto taught the world that long-haired fashion boys win Oscars too, Brangelina finally tied the knot (in Atelier Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo), as did Kimye (in Givenchy).

We give you our top 10 fashion moments of the year, in no particular order.

1 Few things in 2014 were more fashionable than the big fat Hollywood weddings
It was a big year for celebrity weddings. But we're not getting into which celebs make the newest, biggest A-list power couple or how so many celebs were struck by Cupid's arrow around the same time or what made Europe the celeb wedding destination of the year. What we are getting into are their stunning wedding dresses that had us falling madly in love this year. But for the record: The Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wedding circus may have been the glitziest affair, but it was a pair of Ocean's 11 co-stars who caused the most tears to fall. Coming back to the point: This year, some of our favorite A-listers (and style stars) tied the knot, and lets just say, their dress choices were bold; we couldn't help but fall totally head over heels. From Beyonce's sister Solange's jumpsuit to Angelina Jolie's custom Atelier Versace gown and colorful veil, these stars chose looks that were destined to put all eyes on the bride.

2 2014 was a very fashionable year for Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar-winning role in 12 Years a Slave immediately put this Hollywood newcomer on the ones-to-watch list, but it's her striking minimalist, unconventional but elegant, style that's had the fashion world buzz. Though it hasn't even been a year since her first major red carpet appearance, Lupita has become a style icon virtually overnight, earning a spot on just about every best-dressed list out there. Some of the pivotal red carpet moments that took her to fashion star status include: The captivating white Prada silk jersey maxidress featuring ethereal gold lattice embroidery she wore at the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of 12 Years a Slave, then she turned up at the Golden Globes in a red Ralph Lauren number that was so simple but that cape just made it too major not to notice. And of course, we would talk about her light blue gown all day if we could, but the simple design seriously spoke for itself. The custom-made Prada dress launched her like a shooting star when she wore it to this year's Oscars.

3 The rise and rise of 'style icon' Modi
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the US, or for that matter in Japan and Australia, some watched what he did to tighten ties with these countries. Others watched what he wore. 2014 saw Modi becoming a fashion icon in India -- where his signature short-sleeved kurta is still widely sold as the 'Modi kurta' and even exporting his style abroad, like India’s first prime minister. The Nehru jacket as it became known was Jawaharlal Nehru’s take on the achkan: a Mughal-era fitted jacket with full sleeves and a single row of buttons down the chest. The jacket’s signature, the short collar known in Hindi as 'bandh gala', is thought to have caught on in the West after Nehru wore one for a Vogue magazine shoot in 1964. And looks like the 'Modi kurta' too has found its place in the world of fashion.

4 The most welcome fashion trend saw blankets becoming coats!
2014 gave us an excuse to wear our bedding outside. Sort Of! Come on, you know when the mercury starts to drop, you find it nearly impossible to leave the cosy comfort of your bed and get dressed. Well, in 2014, we didn't have to do that because we had the blanket coat! And we have Burberry to thank for that. You might recall that Burberry show that saw a parade of chic, blanket-coated ladies led by Cara Delevingne, marching out wearing the chicest blanket capes, embroidered with each girl’s initials. Everyone instantly swooned (we do love a monogram ourselves). Since the show, some of our favorite fashion girls stepped out in their own monogrammed Burberry capes, from Sarah Jessica Parker to Cara Delevingne (off the runway, of course), hotties of all ages and styles draped, belted and layered these babies. Though 2014 is almost over, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still adopt one of the biggest fall trends! Don’t wait any longer, go for it now!

5 Thick bold brows to barely there eyebrows and muscled arm eyebrows!
There's no doubt in our minds that 2014 was a year of trendy trends -- crop tops, pink hair -- but none quite so good as the eyebrow. 2014 was all about the eyebrow game. While at some fashion shows, models donning full, dark and thick eyebrows inspired us, other shows took the eyebrow to the other extreme by applying a light power over them giving them a barely there look. And Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne went eyebrow experimenting, like its no ones business! We just have one question for Cara: Is there a line between great thick eyebrows and unkept eyebrows? Because she sure made the bushy unkept style the new-cool. Moving on, Miley chose to tame her arches by bleaching them out, Kim went 'eyebrow-less' for a night and made people very uncomfortable. ?Talking of uncomfortable: There are questions that need answers about 'muscled arm' eyebrows. The mastermind behind drawing a muscled arm as an eyebrow definitely gets kudos for his or her artistry, but really, what was he/she really thinking?

6 Kimye's American Vogue cover
No matter how much we try to make 'vape' the word of 2014, it’s not going to happen. Because something else happened: Kimye! 'Love them or hate them' is a sentence often written on the topic of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and 2014 was the year they made everyone take a stance. When Kanye and Kim featured on Vogue, Kardashian's biggest dream came true and the couple also ended up being the #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple. All around the cyberspace and the real world, people were debating Anna Wintour's decision to feature them on her April cover. And then soon after the cover, Kimye married in a spectacular ceremony in Florence, the day after a regal rehearsal dinner at Versailles. Oh, and then Kim broke the internet: One fashion high to another: Way to go Kim!

7 Somehow Taylor Swift's style game just kept getting better
It's no secret that we're big fans of Taylor Swift's inimitable red carpet style. It’s been the year of Swift: The singer had a number-one album that broke records, was nominated for several Grammys, and starred in a supporting role in The Giver. What’s more, it’s clear that Swift was as good at turning out stellar outfits as she is at releasing hit song after hit song. From an adorable polka-dot set she wore while out in New York to a black gown she rocked at an Oscars after-party, we hand-picked some of her best outfits in 2014 for your perusal (photos above).

8 Fashion lost a beloved legend in Oscar de la Renta
The legendary fashion designer died aged 82, just weeks after creating an incredible dress for Amal Clooney's September 27 wedding. He shaped the wardrobe of socialites and film stars for four decades and his beautiful, intricate gowns also unsurprisingly were worn by many an A-lister at Hollywood award ceremonies. A favourite of US First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama he dressed beauties like Audrey Hepburn, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz for red carpet for over 40 years. The A-listers loved his flattering shapes, which showcased the feminine aesthetic in all its glory. He will forever be missed. Rest in peace design genius.

9 Chanel's supermarket show set
We had never seen anything like that. The creative people we are, we never even thought of it, to be honest. Out of all the magnificent show sets Karl Lagerfeld has created at Chanel, his supermarket concept for the autumn/winter 2014 show in March took the prize. Models walked around the aisles with baskets and trolleys, browsing a massive all-Chanel-themed range of products from gardening gloves to carbon containers. After the show, guests went mad in the venue amassing huge amounts of groceries to take home, only to be stopped by cashiers who exchanged their harvest for nail varnish. It was a brilliantly orchestrated illustration of greed in a world obsessed with consumption, and a sly underhand on the part of Lagerfeld to all his fashion guests.

10 Is it weird that a man had the best hair at Oscars? No way!
Since the 2014 award season there's been a lot of buzz about Jared Leto's enviable locks. The 42-year-old actor captivated us all at the Oscars on March 2, where his long, gorgeous hair had everyone talking. Not only did he win an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, he also easily won the night's best hair award. And all we had to say was 'Congratulations Jared Leto, you double winner! In our books, the big winner at the Oscar this year was Jared's envy-worthy hair. Thanks for changing the way we look at men's hair, Jared. Enough said.

First Published: Dec 23, 2014 14:21 IST