Fashion InStyle's 2015 Style 100: The Year in Fashion Hits, Misses, and Hashtags By Eric Wilson Eric Wilson Eric Wilson is an experienced journalist who was InStyle's first Fashion News Director. He was previously a fashion critic for The New York Times and is currently in Hong Kong where is the editorial director of the Tatler Asia Group. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on November 12, 2015 @ 04:40PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: INFPhoto.com Over the past 12 months the headline-making fashion news has been coming nonstop: an Oscars-gown heist, a parade of celebrity burlesque, and all those extraordinary red-carpet creations. That's why we're dubbing this the Year of the Dress. 01 of 100 Sunshine State Jason Merritt/Getty Images; REUTERS /SUZANNE PLUNKETT /LANDOV; PacificCoastNews Everything's coming up daffodils...and marigolds and buttercups. Shades of yellow—like those seen on Jennifer Hudson in Romona, Léa Seydoux in Prada, and Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture—made on irresistible bouquet of brights. 02 of 100 Peek-a-boo Dresses Lionel Hahn/AbacaUSA/startraksphoto.com; Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic The friendly competition to create the most naked red-carpet spectacle reached new highs (or lows?) at the Met Ball, where even Lady Godiva would have blushed. Beyoncé, in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, took it by a bugle bead, followed by Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace and Kim Kardashian in Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dundas. 03 of 100 High-Style Rollers Catwalking/Getty Images Imagine the stakes when Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore were among the guest stars hitting the craps table at the Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris in July. I'll see your Twilight and raise you a Hunger Games. 04 of 100 A Fashion Festival at the Movies Courtesy Between two YSL biopics and docs about designers (Dior and I is a must), there were enough stylish films to fill a multiplex. Clockwise, from left: Iris, about 94-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel; The Artist Is Absent, about Martin Margiela; Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer; Saint Laurent; Dior and I; and Yves Saint Laurent. 05 of 100 Double Take Taylor Hill/Getty Images Watch your back, Tom Ford. Rodarte sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy are directing their first feature,Woodshock, starring Kirsten Dunst. 06 of 100 Altuzarra's Sultry Lace Neilson Barnard/Getty Rising star Joseph Altuzarra had a breakthrough moment with his prim and perverse fall collection. 07 of 100 Caitlyn's Fresh Look Kevin Winter/Getty Images For her first major appearance, at the ESPY Awards, Caitlyn Jenner donned custom Atelier Versace. "It was like every fantasy of my life come true," she said. 08 of 100 Amy Schumer on the Red Carpet Evan Agostini/Invision/AP An intentional face-plant was one way to draw attention in a roomful of famous folks, even when they didn't get the joke. 09 of 100 Blondes Do It Better... PJB/SIPA; PacificCoastNews A sign of the times? Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto went platinum on the same day. 10 of 100 ...Or Do Brondes? PA Photos /Landov Has a better ring to it than babylights, right? Olivia Wilde wears this year's fave shade. Is it right for you? 11 of 100 All the Buzz Runway Manhattan/IMAXtree Newly shorn model Ruth Bell rocked the runways with military precision. 12 of 100 Bag Envy Courtesy Photo The slimmest and subtlest It bag we've seen in years, Chloé's Drew owes its success to its versatility, its '70s flair, and its appeal to street-style stars everywhere ($1,850; nordstrom.com) 13 of 100 A Proper Send Off Getty Images When Alexander Wang bade farewell to Balenciaga after a three-year stint as creative director, his famous friends came along for one last ride in his all-white-and-ivory collection. From left: Suki Waterhouse, Zoë Kravitz, and Nicola Peltz. 14 of 100 Prada's Sweets PIXELFORMULA/SIPA Miuccia Prada's freighted foray into polite macaron pastels proved to be one of the most powerful runway statements of the year. 15 of 100 Mad Men Comes to an End Justina Mintz / ©AMC / Courtesy Everett Collection The pressure is off. Navigating the advertising scene of the '60s for seven seasons was enough to send Don Draper to a hilltop meditation retreat. Or was it? 16 of 100 FAUX HOLIDAYS BECAME A THING instagram/LouiseRoe Bikini Day... Argyle Day... Floppy Hat Day... where does it end? 17 of 100 Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein Collection ©Rollins-AA15 / AFF-USA.COM Her Oscars dress was made of 6,000 pearls (faux, as thieves would discover...) 18 of 100 Julianne Moore in Chanel Haute Couture Michael Buckner/WireImage This gown required 27 workers, 987 hours, and 80,000 sequins to make. 19 of 100 WHY, YOU DON'T LOOK A DAY OVER... Getty Images; Courtesy Armani; Courtesy H.Stern Fashion anniversaries are like birthdays: a cause for celebration. Designers marked milestones by collaborating with friends and reissuing classics. Among them (from left): Betsey Johnson’s golden jubilee of 50 years running was a runway tribute to Blondie, Nicki Minaj, Edie Sedgwick, and her own dance teacher. The best gift Giorgio Armani could give fans for the last 40 years was an update on his styles called the New Normal, and Brazilian jeweler H. Stern introduced galactic designs for its 70th anniversary, playing off the translation of its name ("star" in German). 20 of 100 Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Shoe Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty The surprise hit of the Gucci reboot was a horse-bit slipper lined with kangaroo fur. Sales are hopping ($995; gucci.com). 21 of 100 The Arrival of Alessandor Michele at Gucci Matteo Prandoni/BFA/Sipa USA The once-hidden talent chose quirky elegance over flash. 22 of 100 Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski's Designs for Hermés AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images She brought knowing touches to the ultimate luxury label. 23 of 100 Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant Short Start at Courréges Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc/Sipa US Their simple approach, with just 15 styles, was a crisp start. 24 of 100 Guillaume Henry Takes on Nina Ricci Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images His femme-noir take on lightness added a winning twist. 25 of 100 Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne Take DKNY Madison McGaw/BFA/Sipa USA Pinstripes defined their spin on an N.Y.C. landmark. 26 of 100 Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford Jason Merritt/Getty Images At the Oscars, Ford picked up on Witherspoon's signature style for sleek and clean gowns with this icy blue dress, to which he added broad bands of black. It was just a little bit unexpected, and a perfect frame for her natural beauty look for the night. 27 of 100 Raf Simons Exits Dior Rindoff/Dufour/Getty Images After three years, Mr. Modern decided to focus on his own label. 28 of 100 Gisele Retires Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images She said she's done with the runways. But for how long? 29 of 100 Cara as Actress Courtesy Everett Collection Her well-received role in Paper Towns, opposite Nat Wolff,was enough to show where Delevingne's heart really lies. 30 of 100 Antonio Banderas Enrolls Allen Berezovsky/WireImage Studing at a London design school, the Zorro star half-teased he wants to make capes. 31 of 100 Match Made in Heaven: Empire + Saks Fifth Avenue Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue The Lyon-approved collection of designs inspired by the show included gems from Alexis Bittar. Where else would Cookie shop? 32 of 100 Match Made in Heaven: Target + Lilly Pulitzer Courtesy Target Palm Beach color combos aren't just for preppies anymore. The designs were so popular, they promptly sold out. 33 of 100 Match Made in Heaven: H&M + Balmain Time Inc. Digital Studios Olivier Rousteing's admirable embrace of diversity in his model castings finally applied to prices as well. Now we can all dress like the Jenners. 34 of 100 Match Made in Heaven: Giambattista Valli + MAC Time Inc. Digital Studios; Courtesy MAC Cosmetics Was there ever a designer better suited to pick the perfect shade of pink? Valli often jokes his second career would be as a florist. 35 of 100 Match Made in Heaven: Uniqlo + Lemaire Courtesy Uniqlo As spare and sophisticated as Christophe Lemaire's previous work for Hermès, this pairing proved that quiet design also has mainstream appeal. 36 of 100 Royal Baby No. 2 David Sims/WENN.com Born on May 2, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana has been described by her father as "a little joy of heaven." She seems unreasonable only in the degree of her adorableness. 37 of 100 Gaga, Is That You? Sthanlee Mirador/Sipa USA; INFPhoto.com; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Every little monster secretly has the heart of an angel. Lady Gaga's newfound classicism owes to the direction of stylist Brandon Maxwell, but, of course, she couldn't resist the lobster-catching gloves. 38 of 100 Miss Jackson Is as Strong as Ever Alberto E. Tamargo/Sipa USA Janet Jackson's Unbreakable reminded 21st-century pop stars who's really in control. 39 of 100 The Biebs Is Full of Surprises Matt Sayles/Invision/AP The answer to the question "Where Are Ü Now" is, ahem, online looking at pictures of Justin Bieber naked. 40 of 100 The Weeknd at Fashion Week Neil Rasmus/BFA/Sipa USA Abel Tesfaye went from underground darling to front-row fixture. 41 of 100 Marni's Geometry Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Consuelo Castiglioni's circle play gave us reason to actually look forward to thinking about primaries next spring. 42 of 100 Vuitton's Arctic Chill Catwalking/Getty The brushed sheepskin coats that opened Nicolas Ghesquière’s fall collection for Louis Vuitton would make a polar bear jealous. 43 of 100 Paint It Red with Louboutinize Courtesy Louboutin Christian Loubouin's Louboutinize photo-filter app put rose-colored glasses on any picture taken with an iPhone. 44 of 100 Dior Funny Pages Courtesy NBM Publishing Telling the story of Christian Dior in comic-book format was delightful—until he died. The end. 45 of 100 Blow-outs for the Face Courtesy MAC Cosmetics A New York makeup salon from the artists of MAC? Why didn't we think of that? 46 of 100 News in Brief Courtesy Armani; Courtesy Tommy Hilfiger Celebrity six-packs never get old, especially those in the category of Who Knew? Thanks are in order to Emporio Armani for uncovering the secret talents of Calvin Harris, and to Tommy Hilfiger for introducing Rafael Nadal to the sport of strip tennis. 47 of 100 Allison Williams Steve Granitz/WireImage In Giorgio Armani Prive. 48 of 100 Emma Stone Allen Berezovsky/WireImage In Altuzarra. 49 of 100 Dakota Johnson Jason Merritt/Getty Images In Saint Laurent by Heidi Slimane. 50 of 100 Spin Art RAMEY PHOTO Putting a new twist on paparazzi posing, stars introduced twirling to their red-carpet repertoire. Chiffon never had it so good. 51 of 100 Depp Did Dior Courtesy Dior In a new commercial for Sauvage Johnny Depp played guitar, took a road trip, encountered a buffalo, buried some jewelry, wore eyeliner, and generally behaved like Johnny Depp. 52 of 100 DINERS CLUB ACCEPTED Antonello Trio/Getty Art was in the details in the world of Karl Lagerfeld, whose extravagant brasserie set for his fall Chanel collection stayed on point even in a clutch shaped like dinner plates. 53 of 100 JUDY BLUME Time Inc. Digital Studios Beloved by adolescents, the author penned a novel focused on events from her own childhood. 54 of 100 HARPER LEE Courtesy HarperCollins Atticus, what happened to you? At least you didn’t disillusion us about your power to sell books. 55 of 100 DONNA KARAN Courtesy Donna Karan The designer came to terms with her success, beginning to end. 56 of 100 Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Emily Blunt © Sven / AFF-USA.COM When the Cannes Film Festival reportedly enforced a high-heels-only standard, she said, “Everyone should wear flats.” But she lost points after the Republican debate for joking that her U.S. citizenship was a mistake. 57 of 100 Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Patricia Arquette John Shearer/Invision/AP “Wage equality once and for all,” said the best actress Oscar winner. 58 of 100 Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Barbie Courtesy Mattel A redesign with articulated ankles meant that, after 56 years, she could finally walk in sneakers. 59 of 100 Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Army Rangers REX Shutterstock “We can handle things physically and mentally on the same level as men,” said Capt. Kristen Griest. 60 of 100 Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Ronda Rousey Scott Kirkland/PictureGroup The mixed-martial-arts champ said, “If anyone calls me fat one more time in my life, I’m going to kill them.” 61 of 100 Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Megyn Kelly Charles Sykes/Invision for The Hollywood Reporter/AP Images She drew the wrath of Donald Trump by exposing the candidate’s Achilles heel: his own quotes. 62 of 100 Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Viola Davis © Scott Varley/Los Angeles Daily News via ZUMA Wire “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” said the first African-American to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama. 63 of 100 Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Misty Copeland Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images She’s the first African-American female principal of the American Ballet Theatre. 64 of 100 Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Sarah Thomas and Jennifer Welter Bob Levey/Getty Images; AP Photo/Matt York The NFL’s first female referee (full time) and assistant coaching intern (albeit briefly) gained ground on a long drive. “Football before female,” said Welter. 65 of 100 If You Can Make it Here: Banana Republic Courtesy Banana Republic For spring, the store will produce a Timo Weiland collection designed, cut, and sewn in New York City. 66 of 100 If You Can Make it Here: Barneys NY Courtesy Barneys The retailer introduced Made in New York, a city-sourced collection featuring Proenza Schouler and The Row. 67 of 100 Dolce & Gabbana's Haute Mammas Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s moms-and-tots show was an ode to their mothers, but their criticism of in vitro fertilization had the duo later apologizing and celebrating a diversity of choice. 68 of 100 Star Struck REUTERS/Danny Moloshok; LANDOV; Gavan/Getty Images No need to consult an astrologer when fashion designers already have their heads in the clouds. These stars create their own constellation. 69 of 100 Friends and Foes: Dear Madam Secretary Getty Images Perhaps the biggest surprise of Hillary Clinton’s email dump was that Diane von Furstenberg was sending her fan mail. 70 of 100 Friends and Foes: What's Good, Miley? Getty Images (2) Who knew the MTV Video Music Awards could be so dramatic? Kanye West seemed polite in comparison with Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj. 71 of 100 Wash and Wear Firstview (2) Taking the concept of disposable fashion to its logical extreme, Hussein Chalayan designed shirtdresses from a water-soluble fabric that dissolved on the runway to reveal evening gowns beneath. Just don’t try this with underwear. 72 of 100 Rebellious Streak Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation With her Rebel Heart tour, Madonna returned for another reminder that “Burning Up” and “Holiday” aren’t exactly oldies, thank you very much. And don’t get her started on the new stuff. 73 of 100 In Memory of Marie-Louise Carven AFP PHOTO/-STF/AFP/Getty Images The House of Carven founder was synonymous with the rise of contemporary fashion in France. 1909-2015 74 of 100 In Memory of Elio Fiorucci Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images The diso-era denim designer was immortalized in the lyrics of Sister Sledge. 1935-2015 75 of 100 In Memory of Bettina Graziani Courtesy Photo One of the first major models, she inspired the signature ruffle blouse named for her by Hubert de Givenchy. 1925-2015 76 of 100 In Memory of Arnold Scaasi Denver Post/Getty Images The designer of First Lady wardrobes also gave us Barbra Streisand's see-through pajamas. 1930-2015 77 of 100 Proenza Schouler's Porthole Dress JP Yim/Getty The designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough explored a new erogenous zone—the artfully revealed hip. 78 of 100 You Can Squad With Us Dave Hogan/TAS/Getty Images for TAS The boldface guests just kept showing up for Taylor Swift's The 1989 World Tour, with visits from Martha Hunt, Kendall Jenner, Serena Williams, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, and Cara Delevingne on one night alone. 79 of 100 Short Stuff Sara De Boer/startraksphoto.com; Xavier Collin/Image Press/Splash; © Tammie Arroyo / AFF-USA.COM Minis went maximal with their intricate beading and embroideries but always kept things to the point. These dresses favor an economy of fabric and, of course, a toned pair of legs. 80 of 100 Blake's Closet Susan Waters/startraksphoto.com; Andres Otero/WENN.com; Raymond Hall/GC Images As the star who refuses to employ a stylist, Blake Lively proved that all anyone really needs for a press-tour wardrobe is a dozen designer names on speed dial. 81 of 100 A Runway World Premiere Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic Marc Jacobs took his cinematic spring collection to the Ziegfeld Theater and invited passersby to watch the arrivals - his models walked the red carpet before hitting the catwalk. 82 of 100 Hamilton Rocks Walter McBride/Getty Images The hip-hop musical featuring our founding fathers, including the current face of the $10 bill, not only made a dynamic debut on Broadway but also turned treasury secretary into a covetable role. 83 of 100 Hashtags of the Year: #AskHerMore Instagram/Reesewitherspoon "What are you wearing?" no longer cuts it when social media scoops the red-carpet reporters. 84 of 100 Hashtags of the Year: #LoveWins Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images To all those who said gay marriage would never be legal in our lifetime, don't hold your breath for an invitation to my wedding. 85 of 100 Hashtags of the Year: #Swoll Rick Kern/WireImage They used to call it jacked or ripped until Drake came along and made muscles look, well, this good. 86 of 100 Hashtags of the Year: #TheDress Courtesy Is it white and gold or blue and black or merely a bad picture? 87 of 100 Jaimie Alexander Lionel Hahn/Sipa USA In Giorgio Armani Privé 88 of 100 Claire Danes John Shearer/WireImage In Prada 89 of 100 CONTOURING Time Inc. Digital Studios In the Renaissance they called this effect chiaroscuro. 90 of 100 Cookie Chuck Hodes/FOX Taraji P. Henson found the mother-of-the-year role she was born to play. 91 of 100 SEXY JANE FONDA INFPhoto.com Her Grammys appearance in a Balmain jumpsuit was perfection. 92 of 100 JURASSIC WORLD Universal Pictures Neither a convoluted plot nor inconsistent hairdos could stop a velociraptor scorned. 93 of 100 JUICE CRAZE Getty Images Watermelon juice replaced the kale salad as a ubiquitous request. 94 of 100 EX MACHINA Universal Pictures What could happen when artificial intelligence surpasses our own. 95 of 100 INSIDE OUT Courtesy Pixar The brain personified was as hilariously dysfunctional as most Disney cartoon families. 96 of 100 MICHELLE OBAMA'S GLAM NIGHT The First Lady swapped playing it safe for Vera Wang Collection bombshell and sideswept hair. 97 of 100 CHINA AT THE MET Courtesy MET The Costume Institute’s exhibition on Asia’s influence on art and fashion broke attendance records once again. 98 of 100 Fashion’s WORLD TOUR REUTERS/Benoit Tessier /LANDOV With their traveling cruise collections, the world’s flushest luxury houses competed for the most architecturally stunning destinations: Louis Vuitton headed to Bob Hope’s John Lautner–designed home in the desert, Dior flew to the Riviera for Pierre Cardin’s bubble-shaped Palais Bulles, and Chanel went all the way to South Korea, to a cultural complex created by Zaha Hadid. 99 of 100 THE GLASS SLIPPER Xavier Collin/Image Press/Splash Lily James chose a pair of slippers that would be the envy of Cinderella. These butterfly-topped heels by Christian Louboutin were a tribute to her role as the princess. 100 of 100 SPELLBOUND INFPhoto.com Adding her own bit of whimsy to the red carpet for the Cannes premiere of Carol, Cate Blanchett wore a “twisted fairy tale” gown from British designer Giles Deacon.