2016 may have a well-known reputation as the worst year ever, due to a string of tragic celebrity deaths, divisive politics and general, all round, awfulness but there was at least one thing it was good for, and that’s an abundance of amazing fashion. From the amazing resort and cruise shows earlier in the year to the fashion choices of the most stylish celebrities, here we review the 10 of our favourite fashion moments of 2016.
1. Rihanna in YSL Heart, feeding the birds
How could we not include this moment? When Hedi Slimane featured the over-the-top red fur heart-shaped coat in his Eighties-inspired, final collection for Saint Laurent, we knew it would take someone with serious style balls to rock it. Enter Rihanna. The superstar first wore the style on a night out in New York City back in September for a friend’s birthday, but the real fashion moment came when she put it back on the next morning at 7am to go outside and feed the pigeons; all documented via Snapchat, of course.
2. Jared Leto & the Green Gucci Coat
Jared Leto’s and his green Gucci coat; a love story for the ages, so powerful it became a meme. Leto, sitting front row at the Gucci Spring/Summer 2017 show had a face that looked like a kid on Christmas morning the second the model walked out in the coat. He later, no surprise, wore it to the London premiere of Suicide Squad, as part of a full Gucci outfit. Not many guys could pull it off, but somehow Jared managed it.
3. Fendi’s Trevi Fountain Show
After the brand famously restored the Trevi fountain in Rome, where else would they choose to hold the Fendi Roma Haute Forrure 2016 show, in Fendi’s 90th year, than on the fountain itself? Models including Fendi muses Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid walked on water atop a transparent plexiglass runway in the Legends and Fairytales collection. Modeling some of the most beautiful and ethereal designs we’ve seen all year, the show was a complete spectacle and entirely memorable.
4. Beyonce’s Paris Instagrams
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s family holiday to Paris back in July, during the European leg of her Formation Tour. The couple bestowed upon us a string of incredible fashion moments on Instagram, including the two of them on date night with a view of the Eiffel Tower and Bey dancing with daughter Blue Ivy in matching Gucci, but our favourite has to be Jay’s Instagram-husband moment in this perfect snap of his wife slaying oh-so-casually in a lift.
5. Gaga on the runway for Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2016 show back in February closed New York Fashion Week with a bang. His heavily embellished gothic looks and foot-high platform boots stood out in what others dubbed a fairly stale fashion week. But there was one model who stood out from the rest; Jacobs’ good friend, Lady Gaga, who walked the runway just as well as any of the other models.
6. Kate Middleton on the cover of British Vogue’s 100th Anniversary Issue
This year, British Vogue celebrated its 100th year. With an exhibition at the NPG, the Vogue 100 Festival and a BBC documentary following Alexandra Schulman for a year, it’s incredible that they managed to keep the secret of the cover star of the Vogue 100 issue – Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
7. Louis Vuitton’s Resort Show
Another incredible show this year was Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017 Resort, shown at the Niteròi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro. Models paraded down the museum’s red ramp and around the outdoor plaza in Nicolas Ghesquière’s sporty collection. A visually stunning show, it kept the fashion world talking for weeks afterward.
8. Gigi & Zayn at the Met Gala
Talk about #CoupleGoals; what better place to make your first public appearance as a couple than at the Met Gala? Supermodel Gigi Hadid and boyfriend Zayn Malik did so back in May at the Manus x Machina Met Gala in Tommy Hilfiger and Versace, respectively, looking heartbreakingly beautiful in the process.
9. Kendall Jenner’s 21st Birthday Look
It’s universally known that the Kardashian-Jenner family like to celebrate in style, and why would supermodel Kendall Jenner be any different? For her 21st birthday, the family threw a lavish Old Hollywood themed party. In a family as crazy as hers, its no surprise Kendall has learnt how to grab the limelight, and her LaBourjoisie dress covered in Swarovski crystals did just that. Reminding us of one once worn by family-friend Paris Hilton, Kendall’s birthday glam kept us talking for weeks.
10. The Kardashian-West’s Christmas Photo
A late contender to this rundown comes from the Kardashian-Wests, in the form of their Christmas photo, taken at Kris Jenner’s Christmas Eve party, tweeted by Kanye a few days later. Though the family have had a very tough year, they seem to be going into 2017 as strong as ever, with style to match. The picture shows Kim in custom Rodarte, North in custom Alexander Wang and Kanye and Saint twinning in all-black looks paired with sneakers. Standing in front of a beautiful Christmas tree, this family knows how to do fashion, and do it well.