Looking back at the sartorial world of 2011, we underwent an unexpected fashion revolution and dilution. Royal weddings and un-weddings, drunken rants, sad fashion meltdowns, state dinners, haute snafus and sleeper fashions made 2011 one of the newsiest and most dramatic years for style in recent memory.
Women’s wear went ultra-ladylike. Prints held hands on the runways. The confluence of new trim menswear cuts, longer skirts, and a fresh sense of formality created a gush of demand for a well-bred look that many had previously suggested was dead.
In fact, old things were newly stylish in other areas as well—home furnishings, clothing, cookware and even automobiles.
Here are to name a few some of the most notable fashion highlights of our beloved 2011.
Greatest Fashion Event of the Year:
The British Royal Wedding
With her demure gown designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Kate Middleton influenced brides-to-be around the globe: The gown was being copied within hours. The accolades extended to her sister, Pippa and onto her wedding guests. Just how beautiful the Beckhams looked at the wedding. The Duchess of Cambridge’s style significance goes beyond the wedding: She added fuel to the growing interest in decorous dresses and even got many women to take a second look at longed disdained sheer pantyhose.
Best red-carpet look:
Emma Watson in Oscar de la Renta
Nothing says ‘I am now a bona fide star’ for a former child actor louder than a show-stopping red carpet moment. Emma Watson, no stranger to these moments, chose the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere to prove her credentials as an A list beauty. Wearing a dove grey Oscar de la Renta dress from the designer’s Autumn / Winter 2011 collection, Emma totally stole the show and the headlines.
Most Overrated Faux Pas:
-Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week
To some critics it was like a king or queen of failiur turn the scepter over to the other. But despite the vampy clothes with awkward plunges and backpacks. Mr. West’s debut as a fashion designer wasn’t all that bad. Granted he could have practiced a bit more before hitting the Paris runways but you live and you learn. Let’s be fare and aknowledge that there have been other American and very well stablished designers that have not met the world wide stage cache’ that is expected from Paris Fashion Week.
-Michelle Obama in Alexander Mcqueen
The hullabaloo over the First Lady’s choice of a British-designed Alexander McQueen gown for a state dinner with Chinese President Hu Jintao just went to show how prickly some people can be when it comes to fashion patriotism. Several U.S. designers were miffed that Ms. Obama didn’t ” buy American.” When in fact she along with other government officials is one of the biggest American Fashion supporters. She might not aim to please long stablished (my personal favorites) designers but she sure does support the great young magic makers.
The Allure of Designer Collaborations with all friendly stores:
If you thought H&M went all out for its high-low collaboration with Lanvin last year, you didn’t see much. Versace for H&M collection was that A Collection. Synthesized with tremendous verve the house of Versace’s signatures—chain-mail minidresses, iconic prints, black leather sheaths picked out with gold studs, and a green palm-tree print that symbolized for Donatella her late brother Gianni at the height of his powers—with highlights from her own recent collections. From the their ad campaigns that included one of my favorite models Lindsey Wixon to the elite launch party that included a very Versace runway show Donatella broughts us glamour.
The marketing of the Missoni-for-Target collection worked shoppers into a frenzy with howls of fury were heard when the collection sold out in some stores within hours. However the collaboration was which like Versace expended to homegoods and even sports musts haves like the Missoni Bike was one of the best ones I’ve seen for the all friendly costumer mega store.
Both collaborations targeted the young, the brave and fanatic and made the garments collectible items.
The best fashion show in town:
Alexander McQueen at the Met
There may have been a hotter museum or fashion show ticket in 2011. Overall, more than 660,000 people lined up for the threemonth-long and extended by public demand exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, making it one of the museum’s top 10 most-visited exhibitions ever. With Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and the Met Gala, it was the year of McQueen.
Best newly appointed editor:
Kyle Anderson had quite a year, from Elle to Marie Claire, from New York fashion week to Paris and Men’s Fashion Week in Milan. He covered it all. Rarely we come a cross a humble, talented, good looking and young artist. We briefly met at Monique Lhullier’s show during MBFW and I was automatically taken by his groovy personality.
Worst public fashion insults:
It happened just as copies of Ms. Kardashian’s Vera Wang wedding dress were arriving at David’s Bridal, and Vera Wang president Mario Grauso considered pulling them all back. He didn’t. But suddenly, people had had enough of Ms. Kardashian—and her product endorsements. Ms. Kardashian’s wedding was estimated to have earned the couple $18 million in various marketing deals—most of which quickly lost their value.
And who could forget Abercrombie & Fitch’s perhaps facetious plea for Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of “Jersey Shore” to stop wearing its clothes? Oooooo!
Most personal and memorable collaborations:
When my friends and designers Michael de Paulo and Tonya Mezrich asked me to collaborate in the production of their runway debut for their Mike&Ton collection and for Michael De Paulo Spring 2012 runway show, I had only one answer and it was YES!
The show took place during Boston Fashion Week at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel courtyard and with in a few minutes of interlude of one another.
Two shows back to back, two different concepts, one fantastic and flawless delivery.
It is not everyday that a designer of any caliber gets to combine his glamorous designs with true precious gems which in the case of Michael De Paulo’s show were provided by leading jewelers Shreve Cromp & Low. It was truly a red-carpet ready show.
American friends of the Louvre Gala
It was summer and for Lisa Holladay it was time for Paris. She was to attend a week long event and of course the fabulous Friends of the Lourve Gala. After a few calls and with the help of my friends at Paul Wilmot Communications I had several looks for her to bring with her to Paris. Naeem Khan, Yuna Yang to name a few. It is my job to dress beautiful women but when it comes to dressing such a good friend to this event it was an honor.
People we lost: The adorable and ever stylish Madame Loulou de La Falaise, Ms. Doe Avedon.
Some like Lady GAGA who was featured on the cover of Visionary Magazine (world’s largest magazine ever made) could say this year was larger than life. Others that it was flap, I can say that I was thankful for then great experiences of this year.
From me to you.. HAPPY NEW YEAR!