2. H&M x Isabel Marant
One of the most anticipated collaborations from H&M, Isabel Marant was one of the most popular designers to work with the Swedish retailer. There was everything you would expect from the Parisian designer including 2013’s most popular jacket, needless to say the entire collection sold out within mere days.
3. Nicholas Ghesquière leaves Balenciaga
One of the most surprising revelations of the year was Nicholas Ghesquière’s decisions to part ways with Balenciaga after 15 years at the helm. He stated in an interview with Vogue that the fashion house sucked him dry.
4. Alexander Wang for Balenciaga
As surprising as the news of Ghesquière’s departure from Balenciaga was the news of his successor. The 29 year old New York wunderkind was appointed the Creative Director of Balenciaga to critical acclaim however his first collection in February managed to floor critics and convinced the industry of his design aptitude.
5. Marc Jacobs leaves Louis Vuitton
After 16 years as the Creative Director of one of the biggest design houses in the industry, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton parted ways with a particularly spectacular final show.
6. Models call out industry over racism
Naomi Campbell, Iman and BethAnn Hardison call out the industry for its lack of diversity on the runway in an open letter that was sent to the CDFA.
7. Prada Casts first black model in nearly 20 years
19 years after Naomi Campbell was appointed the face of Prada the second black model, only 19 herself, was appointed the face of the design house’s A/W campaign.
8. Harry Styles wins fashion icon of the year
Harry Styles is this year’s most stylish person; it seems that he is styles by name and stylish by nature. The 19 year old One Directioner scooped the accolade which was presented to him by three time winner Alexa Chung.
9. Rick Owens A/W show
With diversity being a particularly hot topic in the fashion world this year, Rick Owens went against the grain and showed his collection not on waif-like models but on a step dance troupe, a fierce dance in which you use your whole body as an instrument.
10. The Rise of the Logo
This year Kenzo proved that with some simple and instantly recognisable prints you can make yourself an empire. They struck sartorial gold last year with their tiger head logos and continued to be one of the most popular designers with their lotus eye and cloud prints.