Time, they say, flies fast. Was 2017 the year of unprecedented changes, of inclusivity, collaborations and celebrating milestones? Here’s a look at the most standout fashion moments fromÂ 2017.
Zara opened its largest flagship store in Mumbai near the iconic Flora Fountain. The 50,000sqft property costs a whooping 30 crores a year with a five-year lock in period. This was reportedly the largest overseas space-related transaction made by a high street brand. If youâre in town, drop by at the restored vintage space for a quick shopping exercise.
Bollywoodâs interest in fashion went beyond stars and their personal wardrobes. Sonam Kapoor co-launched high street fashion label Rheson with her producer/stylist sister Rhea Kapoor. Anushka Sharma launched her line Nush,Â a project Sharma had in the pipeline for a while. Alia Bhatt invested in Indiaâs first styling portal StyleCracker, positioning herself as an important player in the celebrity fashion space.
Fashionâs very own version of musical chairs continues to keep the audience on its toes with the guesswork. Riccardo Tisci parted ways with Givenchy after spending 12 years with the brand. Burberry released a statement that Christopher Bailey would be in a transitioning role and exit from the brand at the end of 2018. Bailey who has spent no less than 17 years with the luxury British label said that, âit has been a truly inspiring place to work and the decision to leave was not an easy one.â Phoebe Philo of French label CÃ©line will also beÂ making her exitÂ from the label. Meanwhile Natacha Ramsay-Levi, who trained under Nicholas GhesquiÃ¨re, made her debut at ChloÃ© starting with resort 2018.
The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art honoured Rei Kawakubo with the âRei Kawakubo/Comme des GarÃ§ons: Art of the In-Betweenâ exhibit. Kawakubo was the only living designer to be the subject of a retrospective since Yves Saint Laurent. The open-for-interpretation dress code at the Met Ball made way for several interesting looks on the red carpet. Priyanka Chopra made her debut at the eventÂ in a dramatic trench dress by Ralph Lauren thatÂ earned her meme-level fame on the internet.
Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made headlines with their carpet choices in the French Riviera. In tulle gowns and ice princess-worthy dresses embellished to the T, Bollywood stars sent the style watchers in a frenzy with their carefully planned looks from the Cannes Film Festival.
Calling out infringers of intellectual property is a mission for Instagram account Diet Prada. From Gucciâs uncredited reference to Dapper Danâs work from the brandâs resort 2018 collection to campaigning for the boycott of photographer Terry Richardson who was accused of sexual harassment, the duo behind the internet phenomenon are not ones to mince their words. Letâs just say, being featured on the account’s feed may not always work in your favour.
2017 marked JJ Valayaâs 25th year in Indian fashion as did designer duo Abraham & Thakore. Couturier Suneet Varma completed 30 years in the industry. Not nearly done, the designer commented saying, âIâm very excited about the future. Great runway moments are made when you donât strive to make a statement,â about his milestone moment.
Italian luxury giant Gucci announced that will be joining the fur-free alliance from spring/summer 2018. Despite the brandâs growing popularity under the helm of Alessandro Michele, Balenciaga replaced Gucci as the hottest brand in fashion. Virgil Ablohâs street fashion inspired label Off-White moved up 31 places to becoming the third most popular brand in fashion.
2017 marked the 20th death anniversary of Gianni Versace and the brand payed a tribute to its founder in the most remarkable way possible. Responsible for catapulting the supermodel phenomenon of the â90s, the then Versace girls had a reunion mimicking the Versace runway from the Gianni era. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen walked the runway for Versace spring 2018 giving the audience goosebumps with the wave of nostalgia.
Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine AlaÃ¯a, dubbed the âKing of Clingâ, died at the of 77. A mentor figure and inspiration to many fashion greats including Naomi Campbell and Alexander Fury, the industry mourned the loss of an icon.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harryâs relationship is the internetâs newest obsession. What drew more attention than Markleâs fashion choices was the ring the Prince designed himself for his fiancÃ©, using diamonds from his late motherâs collection. Analysts have put the ring’s worth down as invaluable.