Best of Fashion 2018

From the Royal Wedding to Rihanna’s runway

BY: Amber Rodriguez

As 2018 comes to an end we take a look back at the top fashion highlights this year. We’ve experienced two royal weddings, models walking on water, beige becoming the new black, and women of all ages, shapes and sizes taking over the runway. In 2018 we saw Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show, a new head of Celine, Lady Gaga taking centerstage in a Star is Born, a tennis star playing in a tutu, and leading actresses in all black in solidarity of the #MeToo movement at the Oscars. Fashion has become a prevalent tool in making political statements in 2018 with no signs of slowing down.

British Vogue cover May 2018 model diversity
British Vogue cover May 2018

Biggest Trend: Model Diversity

The year 2018 brought more to fashion than just trends and great looks, it’s brought the most diverse runway season ever. There was an increase in non-white models across the four major fashion cities. Prada had their first model of African descent, Anok Yai, in 20 years open the show. Over 30 plus-size models graced the runway which is more than ever before.  Christian Siriano was a trailblazer leading the pack with a size-inclusive collection. Also seen on the runway were models over 50, non-binary and pregnant models. Diversity was trending this year in magazines like the cover of British Vogue and major retailers like Nordstrom featured models of all ages, sizes, and ethnicity. In a world divide, the fashion industry is becoming more model inclusive every day.

Kendall Jenner Louis Vuitton fanny pack
Kendall Jenner in Louis Vuitton fanny pack

Best Accessory: Fanny Packs

When you think of the fanny pack thoughts that comes to mind are tourists in the 80’s or the infamous Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson black turtleneck high school picture. But 2018 has brought back the fanny pack and has made it not only practical but cool. This unisex accessory brought nerdy chic to the forefront and can be seen on celebrities including the Queen Bee herself, A$AP RockyRihanna, Leonardo Dicaprio, & Kendall Jenner. Designers including Gucci, Balenciaga, Louis VuittonSupreme, Pradaand Dior to name a few have added fanny packs to their latest collections. This bag of the year can be worn on around the waist, over the shoulder, or as cross-body and is not only functional but stylish.

Savage x Fenty Spring 2019 fashion show sexy
Savage x Fenty Spring 2019

Sexiest Show: Savage x Fenty

The show may have started late, as it was rumored to have been sabotaged by Marc Jacobs, but the Spring 2019 Savage x Fenty show did not disappoint. Designer Rihanna presented the lingerie collection in an ethereal, bio-dome setting with rotating stages that felt like more of a modern dance performance than a runway show. The collection’s color palette was mostly in neutrals with pops of color, was size-inclusive and had something for everyone. Models of all shapes, sizes, and ages graced the runway in lingerie creations ranging from pretty sheer bras and undies with garter belts to athletic sports bras to fishnet body suits. The show came to a climax when the very pregnant model Slick Woods walked the runway in a barley-there, bondage inspired bodysuit with pasties. But the big finale happened backstage when Slick went into labor and later gave birth to a baby boy named Saphir. Welcome to the world of fashion Saphir!

Hair Guido Palau for Maison Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2018
Hair by Guido Palau for Maison Valentino, Haute Couture Fall 2018

Best Hair: Maison Valentino Haute Couture Spring 2018, Paris

If the saying “the higher the hair the closer to God” is true, then the models from Maison Valentino haute couture spring 2018 must be angels. Hairstylist Guido Palau created the bouffant looks for Valentino that had everyone gasping. He describes the look “renaissance meets Versailles meets the sixties.” Part natural hair, part wig and all hairspray these skyscrapers, gravity defying styles were the most talked about hair trend of the season.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their Royal Wedding
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their Royal Wedding

 

Biggest Fashion Moment: The Royal Wedding, Windsor, England

The stars alined when the all-American, California girl Meghan Markle married Prince Harry of Windsor. The event of the year lived up to hype as heads of states, Hollywood elite, world renown philanthropists, athletes and yes even Oprah watched on. The pomp and circumstance were on display at Windsor Castle as these A-Listers wore their Sunday’s best walking into St. George’s Chapel. Lady Kitty Spencer, Amal Clooney, Pryanka Chopra, and Victoria Beckham lead the way in millinery couture with fascinators of all shapes and sizes. For the men traditional morning coats were worn and model Cara Delevingne surprised the onlookers when she chose a top hat and tails as her wedding outfit.

The real showstopper was Meghan herself as she walked down the aisle in a Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy boatneck dress with the Queen Mary bandeau tiara. Light flooded her gown and bounced off the long train veil as she walked down the aisle. The first American to marry into the British royal family since Wallis Simpson, Mrs. Markle looked like she walked out of a children’s fairytale. The fashion furthered as a surprise performance from the Kingdom Choir sang Stand By Me in glorious hues of soft pinks, nudes, and blue. The new Duchess of Sussex continued to make a fashion statement as she went to the after party in a Stella McCartney mock neck, sleeveless dress. Besides the prince on her arm, her best accessory was the 30 -carat aquamarine ring she received as a wedding gift from Harry that was once belong to his mother Princess Diana.

Best Fashion Video Short: Vogue’s Beetlejuice remake featuring the Hadid family

Who knew dinner at the Hadid’s was so much fun? Sponsored byVoguethe model family, the Hadids, starred in a remake of the iconic dinner scene from the 1988 movie Beetlejuice.  Created to highlight some of the best looks from spring 2019 New York Fashion Week, the genetically blessed family danced around the table to Harry Belafonte’s Day-O. The matriarch of the family, Yolanda Hadid, called her children to dinner in a pink ruffled top by Marc Jacobs. By the end of the dinner she would end up in a Tory Burch floor length dress. Youngest daughter Bella sashayed in a white, ethereal, ruffled Carolina Herrera dress before waking up in a polka dotted Calvin Kleinlook. Oldest Gigi Hadid munched on French fries in a Marc Jacob’s 80’s inspired matador jacket with raffia hat before coming to her senses in a Calvin Klein silk printed dress. And the only male family member Anwar couldn’t help to looking at his own reflection in a spoon while wearing a Pyer Moss suit. Ever the party boy he bounced back into action in a Tom Ford brocade dinner jacket ready for a night out. This ghostly dinner party was not for the faint of heart.

Winnie Harlow for Dior Beauty
Winnie Harlow for Dior Beauty

 

Rising Star: Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow née Chantelle Brown-Young first came onto the scene when she finished sixth place on America’s Next Top Model. Known for her distinctive vitiligo skin condition, this 24-year-old Canadian has had her best year ever in 2018. A breakout star in Beyonce’s Lemonade video, she walked her first ever Victoria Secret’s Fashion show, a highly coveted show by models around the world. Miss Harlow also was feature on the cover of Elle as well as international Harper Bazaar magazines. And if all of that wasn’t baller enough, she received contract with Tommy Hilfiger and Dior Beauty. Miss Harlow has previously worked on ad campaigns for Diesel, Nike,and Swarovski. Rumored to be dating Wiz Khalifa this could be Winnie Harlow’s best year yet.

Chanel Spring 2018 Haute Couture

 

Showstopper Show: Chanel Spring 2018 Haute Couture, Paris

When you think of fashion and artistry of haute couture you are never far from the House of Chanel. For spring 2018 Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a classic French garden wonderland straight out of Versailles. Aged, rose threaded pergolas filled the space and fountains adorned the sandy runway while A-listers including Marion Cotillard, Sofia Coppola, and Yara Shahidi looked on. But the real beauty was on the runway. With over 1000 hours of labor and 123,670 embellishments it was the clothing that took your breath away. Pastel tweed suits were accompanied by floral gowns with handmade organza flowers. Hand-beaded gowns were embellished with ruffles, ribbons, and crystals. The pièce de résistance was the bride who walked down the runway in a white part tuxedo, part gown ensemble with a lighter than air feather cape.

To see highlights of this show you can catch the new docuseries on Netflix called 7 Days Out. Check out episode 5 for full behind-the-scene access to the Chanel Haute Couture show.