InStyle's 2015 Style 100: The Year in Fashion Hits, Misses, and Hashtags
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.
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.
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.
A Fashion Festival at the Movies
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.
Altuzarra's Sultry Lace
Caitlyn's Fresh Look
Amy Schumer on the Red Carpet
An intentional face-plant was one way to draw attention in a roomful of famous folks, even when they didn't get the joke.
Blondes Do It Better...
...Or Do Brondes?
All the Buzz
Newly shorn model Ruth Bell rocked the runways with military precision.
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)
A Proper Send Off
Miuccia Prada's freighted foray into polite macaron pastels proved to be one of the most powerful runway statements of the year.
Mad Men Comes to an End
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?
FAUX HOLIDAYS BECAME A THING
Bikini Day... Argyle Day... Floppy Hat Day... where does it end?
Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein Collection
Her Oscars dress was made of 6,000 pearls (faux, as thieves would discover...)
Julianne Moore in Chanel Haute Couture
This gown required 27 workers, 987 hours, and 80,000 sequins to make.
WHY, YOU DON'T LOOK A DAY OVER...
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).
Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Shoe
The surprise hit of the Gucci reboot was a horse-bit slipper lined with kangaroo fur. Sales are hopping ($995; gucci.com).
The Arrival of Alessandor Michele at Gucci
The once-hidden talent chose quirky elegance over flash.
Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski's Designs for Hermés
She brought knowing touches to the ultimate luxury label.
Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant Short Start at Courréges
Their simple approach, with just 15 styles, was a crisp start.
Guillaume Henry Takes on Nina Ricci
His femme-noir take on lightness added a winning twist.
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne Take DKNY
Pinstripes defined their spin on an N.Y.C. landmark.
Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford
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.
Raf Simons Exits Dior
After three years, Mr. Modern decided to focus on his own label.
She said she's done with the runways. But for how long?
Cara as Actress
Her well-received role in Paper Towns, opposite Nat Wolff, was enough to show where Delevingne's heart really lies.
Antonio Banderas Enrolls
Studing at a London design school, the Zorro star half-teased he wants to make capes.
Match Made in Heaven: Empire + Saks Fifth Avenue
The Lyon-approved collection of designs inspired by the show included gems from Alexis Bittar. Where else would Cookie shop?
Match Made in Heaven: Target + Lilly Pulitzer
Palm Beach color combos aren't just for preppies anymore. The designs were so popular, they promptly sold out.
Match Made in Heaven: H&M + Balmain
Match Made in Heaven: Giambattista Valli + MAC
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.
Match Made in Heaven: Uniqlo + Lemaire
As spare and sophisticated as Christophe Lemaire's previous work for Hermès, this pairing proved that quiet design also has mainstream appeal.
Royal Baby No. 2
Gaga, Is That You?
Miss Jackson Is as Strong as Ever
Janet Jackson's Unbreakable reminded 21st-century pop stars who's really in control.
The Biebs Is Full of Surprises
The Weeknd at Fashion Week
Abel Tesfaye went from underground darling to front-row fixture.
Consuelo Castiglioni's circle play gave us reason to actually look forward to thinking about primaries next spring.
Vuitton's Arctic Chill
The brushed sheepskin coats that opened Nicolas Ghesquière’s fall collection for Louis Vuitton would make a polar bear jealous.
Paint It Red with Louboutinize
Christian Loubouin's Louboutinize photo-filter app put rose-colored glasses on any picture taken with an iPhone.
Dior Funny Pages
Telling the story of Christian Dior in comic-book format was delightful—until he died. The end.
Blow-outs for the Face
A New York makeup salon from the artists of MAC? Why didn't we think of that?
News in Brief
In Saint Laurent by Heidi Slimane.
Putting a new twist on paparazzi posing, stars introduced twirling to their red-carpet repertoire. Chiffon never had it so good.
Depp Did Dior
DINERS CLUB ACCEPTED
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.
Beloved by adolescents, the author penned a novel focused on events from her own childhood.
Atticus, what happened to you? At least you didn’t disillusion us about your power to sell books.
The designer came to terms with her success, beginning to end.
Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Emily Blunt
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.
Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Patricia Arquette
“Wage equality once and for all,” said the best actress Oscar winner.
Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Barbie
A redesign with articulated ankles meant that, after 56 years, she could finally walk in sneakers.
Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Army Rangers
“We can handle things physically and mentally on the same level as men,” said Capt. Kristen Griest.
Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Ronda Rousey
The mixed-martial-arts champ said, “If anyone calls me fat one more time in my life, I’m going to kill them.”
Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Megyn Kelly
She drew the wrath of Donald Trump by exposing the candidate’s Achilles heel: his own quotes.
Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Viola Davis
“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.
Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Misty Copeland
She’s the first African-American female principal of the American Ballet Theatre.
Women Who Should Be on the $10 Bill: Sarah Thomas and Jennifer Welter
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.
If You Can Make it Here: Banana Republic
For spring, the store will produce a Timo Weiland collection designed, cut, and sewn in New York City.
If You Can Make it Here: Barneys NY
The retailer introduced Made in New York, a city-sourced collection featuring Proenza Schouler and The Row.
Dolce & Gabbana's Haute Mammas
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.
No need to consult an astrologer when fashion designers already have their heads in the clouds. These stars create their own constellation.
Friends and Foes: Dear Madam Secretary
Perhaps the biggest surprise of Hillary Clinton’s email dump was that Diane von Furstenberg was sending her fan mail.
Friends and Foes: What's Good, Miley?
Who knew the MTV Video Music Awards could be so dramatic? Kanye West seemed polite in comparison with Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj.
Wash and Wear
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.
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.
In Memory of Marie-Louise Carven
The House of Carven founder was synonymous with the rise of contemporary fashion in France.
In Memory of Elio Fiorucci
The diso-era denim designer was immortalized in the lyrics of Sister Sledge.
In Memory of Bettina Graziani
One of the first major models, she inspired the signature ruffle blouse named for her by Hubert de Givenchy.
In Memory of Arnold Scaasi
The designer of First Lady wardrobes also gave us Barbra Streisand's see-through pajamas.
Proenza Schouler's Porthole Dress
The designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough explored a new erogenous zone—the artfully revealed hip.
You Can Squad With Us
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.