It was a year of fashion highs - new jobs for Brit designers including J.W.Anderson and Stuart Vevers - and lows – Marc Jacobs’ elegiac swansong Louis Vuitton show after 15 years at the helm of that brand. From a seemingly never-ending round of musical chairs as designers swapped top jobs to the best fashion shindigs of the 2013, we’ve done the annual edit of what got us talking about fashion in 2013, so click through the gallery above for your recap.....
The Biggest Fashion Moments of 2013
GALLERY >> 2013 in Fashion Headlines
Kering – formerly known as PPR (Pinault-Printemps-Redoute) – [a href="/fashion/news/confirmed--ppr-has-aquired-51-per-cent-stake-in-christopher-kane" target="_blank">announced that it was making a majority investment in Scottish designer Christopher Kane’s eponymous label[/a]. Kane, who was this year’s recipient of Womenswear Designer of the Year gong at the British Fashion Awards will be opening his first standalone store on London’s Mount Street in 2014 and is said to be working on his debut bag collection.
This month everyone got into a tizz about the amount of flesh on show on the red carpet. 2013 was the year of the side-boob, the hi-driff and the bottom bum with stars and fashion types [a href="/fashion/news/do-the-fashion-flash-miley-cyrus--bella-thorne---rosie-huntington-whiteley" target="_blank">finding ever yet more inventive erogenous zones to show off[/a]. In an attempt to stem the fashion flashing, this year’s [a href="/fashion/news/grammy-awards-2013--see-all-the-dresses-live-from-the-red-carpet" target="_blank">Grammy Awards issued a strict dress code.[/a] Nobody listened. In April, Gwyneth Paltrow was to up the ante with a sheer bum bearing gown then in November Jamie Alexander’s ‘naked dress’ upped the ante even further.
Fashion Week always brings a host of news stories and A/W 2013 was no different. In London (earlier in the calendar in February) [a href="/fashion/news/inside-rihannas-river-island-collection-at-london-fashion-week--live-updates" target="_blank">Rihanna stormed the schedule [/a]with her catwalk debut for River Island while over in Paris the biggest luxury labels attempted to out-gun each other with their lavish catwalk sets. We couldn’t choose between [a href="/showreports/fashion-reports/chanel-autumn-winter-2013--karl-lagerfelds-world-domination-continues" target="_blank">Chanel’s blown-up globe[/a], [a href="/showreports/fashion-reports/dior-autumn-winter-2013--surrealism-and-simons-successful-second-showing" target="_blank">Dior’s surreal mirrored orbs[/a] and [a href="/showreports/fashion-reports/louis-vuitton-autumn-winter-2013--all-dressed-up-with-nowhere-to-go" target="_blank">Louis Vuitton’s super chic hotel scene[/a].
After super-stylist turned designer Nicola Formichetti parts ways with French luxury label Mugler, he is [a href="/fashion/news/nicola-formichetti-leaves-mugler" target="_blank">snapped up by denim brand Diesel [/a]to helm the creative direction. Later in the year we see his first edited collection ‘Tribute’ which is accompanied by a campaign shot on an iPhone by photographer Nick Knight.
The Met Ball brought fashion’s good and great together for a [a href="/fashion/news/best-dressed-at-the-met-ball-2013--all-the-dresses-live-from-the-red-carpet" target="_blank">night of anarchy [/a]as this year's punk theme gets everyone in a riotous mood. From Miley’s spiked ‘do to Madonna’s tartan-tastic suit, the rebellious dress code made for a seriously stylish mobocracy.
Gucci’s Frida Giannini gathered an incredible line up of women for [a href="/conversation/entertainment/madonna--jessica-chastain-and-zoe-saldana-to-join-beyonce-at-the-chime-for-change-concer" target="_blank">Chime for Change[/a] – a concert held in London to promote education, health and justice for every girl, every woman across the globe. Investing in music for young people and tapping talent including Emeli Sande to front the campaign, Chime for Change was one of the most impressive fashion philanthropic events of the year.
During the couture shows, legendary designer Christian Lacroix [a href="/fashion/news/couture-fashion-week--christian-lacroix-s-homage-to-elsa-schiaparelli" target="_blank">stages a capsule collection for the newly re-opened house of Schiaparelli [/a]to rave reviews.
While high street collaborations always get plenty of column inches, for fashion insiders it’s often the exclusive, limited edition designer tie-ins that generate the most excitement. This August Junya Watanabe and Stuart Vevers for Loewe released their collaboration collection. Jeans and totes created from patched plaid, leather and denim were an instant hit with editors vying for one-of-a-kind styles. Earlier in June, Vevers’ [a href="/fashion/news/reed-krakoff-s-replacement-as-creative-director-at-coach-has-been-announced" target="_blank">appointment as Creative Director at Coach [/a]was announced, making this collaboration his last at the Spanish luxury label.
It was another month of musical chairs as new appointments were announced. [a href="/fashion/news/jw-anderson-lands-loewe-job-following-investment-from-lvmh" target="_blank">J.W.Anderson scored Vevers' now vacated role at Loewe [/a]while [a href="/fashion/news/marco-zanini-to-be-named-creative-director-at-schiaparelli" target="_blank">Marco Zanini was appointed Creative Director of Schiaparelli[/a]. Fashion Week continued apace, with Tommy Hilfiger bring a surf scape catwalk to New York and Miuccia Prada’s art inspired collection setting the tone in Milan.
On the final day of Paris fashion week, [a href="/showreports/fashion-reports/louis-vuitton-spring-summer-2014-show-report--black-beauty" target="_blank">Marc Jacobs showed his final collection for French luxury house Louis Vuitton[/a]. Since 1997 when he took on the reins he had transformed the high end leather goods label into a major player on the catwalk stage. The reason behind his departure was a desire to focus on his own label with rumours of an IPO in the near future. His successor was subsequently named as former Balenciaga Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquiere.
H&M’s annual collaboration extravaganza elicited even more fashion insider appeal than usual as it was announced that[a href="/fashion/news/the-grazia-fashion-team-reveal-their-isabel-marant-pour-h-m-picks" target="_blank"> Isabel Marant would be working with the high street chain[/a]. From her fringed wedge boots to the perfect grey wool winter coat, Isabel signatures abounded. After taking our place in the queue we managed to get most of our booty, though the oversized loop knit managed to elude us – we’re still scanning eBay in the hope of discovering one.
This year’s [a href="/fashion/news/live-from-inside-the-british-fashion-awards-2013" target="_blank">British Fashion Awards was bigger and starrier than ever before[/a]. Aside from the high profile fashion designers – Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada – we also were treated to the sight of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller in their gladrags as Natalie Massenet scoured her little black book to fill London’s Colisuem to the rafters. Harry Styles’ win as Fashion Icon of the year meant we got plenty of opportunity to check out his ever growing quiff.