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Just-For-Fun Friday: 2010 in Retrospect

This year, a lot of envelope pushing will inevitably find itself eclipsed by William and Kate. We don’t need to look back in retrospect to confirm that 2011 will be remembered as the year the ideal fairy tale wedding got updated. Last year however, was a push-pull of multiple spectacles… It was awesome! Just for fun, let’s round up the best and worst of 2010 in fashion before we start looking forward!

Before I start, let’s each bow our heads to some of the year’s great losses…

Alexander McQueen (02/11/2010)

Kate Moss for Topshop (AW2010)

Carine Roitfeld for French Vogue (announced 12/17/2010)

Miss Jay on the ANTM judging panel (Cycle 14)

While all good things must come to an end, there’s truth in the adage that a window opens whenever a door closes. This year, for example, welcomed Andre Leon Talley to the same ANTM judging panel.

It even granted Tyra Banks her first bankable America’s Next Top Model – Since winning Cycle 14, Nicole Fox has managed campaigns with Wild Fox Couture, Heritage 1981 and Winter Kate. While they aren’t major bookings, it’s nice to see her still relevant in fashion news.

Model casting for 2010 prioritized individuality and celebrated difference. We saw ’em voluptuous, plus-sized, both under and over the hill, transgendered and even pregnant.

The best comeback, womenswear showcase casting, presentation, and video editing went to Tom Ford‘s Spring 2011 collection. 

On the beauty front, we came to find that designer collaborations were trending in nail polish, Jason Wu being the most recent. I think it’s genius – it’s spoon feeds us their collection’s colour schemes, which would most likely also go along with everything else on racks in season!

The designer collaboration that had everyone’s tongues wagging this year however, was Lanvin X H&M

2010 also saw the Mulleavy sisters’ first forray into costuming for film. Their tutus didn’t disappoint in the Black Swan

Jeffrey Kurland, however did. Despite designing GQ-worthy suits for the boys in Inception, he couldn’t seem to find a pair of corduroys that could fit Ellen Page properly. Then he tried distracting us with neckerchiefs so we wouldn’t notice. We get that all the layering was supposed to match the film plot… But she’s a grad student, not a boy scout!

In the tabloids, we watched helplessly as Blake Lively mooched her way from Anna Wintour (and a Vogue US cover)…

To Karl Lagerfeld (and a Chanel ambassador contract). I’m not sure of what she uses as conversational pieces with her new circle of friends, but I do have a hunch that it sounds a lot like kiss ass.

Of the new deal, she’s mentioned, “Though I am the face of it, I will carry it like every girl. I will always feel it’s more than just a purse. It’s a quilted case full of lipstick, love letters and the dreams and possibilities that I have always felt every time I see that beautiful ‘CC’.” Barf. 

While 2010 saw the dawn of a new era with fashion digital media, it also saw it fizzling out. Glamour’s digital sales reportedly dropped 20% each month since September. It’s kind of comforting to find that print isn’t dead just yet.

In sports, we saw Venus Williams take lace and the wrong shade of skin-coloured undies to the tennis court.

2010 was an oddball year in fashion. Naturally, stylistas didn’t disappoint. Lady Gaga’s meat dress, hat, clutch and shoes took the cake as the year’s biggest fashion statement.

Not far behind, Katy Perry boomed brighter than the moon in a CuteCircuit LED dress.

Janelle Monae made her breakthrough this year to us how to do androgynous the right way.

Rihanna ditched her monotonous dominatrix phase only to discover that she’s a master of colour blocking.

Pint-sized heavyweights Cher Lloyd and Willow Smith both gave us a breath of fresh air in adolescent style.

While M.I.A. showed us how to rock a burqa.

Our favourite fashionistas however, never bored us with simplicity. 

Alexa Chung, Carey Mulligan, Kate Bosworth, Clemence Poesy, Olivia Palermo, Kate Moss

I think that about wraps up my look back. What was memorable about 2010 for you? Just for fun, let’s reflect!

 

 

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