See the top 10 fashion controversies of 2018, from Melania Trump's jacket to D&G's runway fiasco

This past year has been one for the fashion history books, from sustainability and inclusivity taking a bigger role to record-breaking sales of fanny packs (seriously!). But 2018 was also rife with drama — and not of the drop-dead-gorgeous red carpet variety. Some designers and major industry players were slapped with lawsuits, drawn into the #MeToo movement, and accused of being insensitive and racist.

From Dolce & Gabbana’s runway disaster in Shanghai to the massive fallout from photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber, here are 10 of the most controversial fashion moments of 2018 — in no particular order.

Before sliding into 2019, Yahoo Lifestyle takes a quick look back at some of the year’s biggest stories, and what’s happened since, with Rewind 2018.

1. Dolce & Gabbana’s runway fiasco

Dolce & Gabbana had plans to honor their Chinese customers with “The Great Show,” a runway spectacular planned to take place in Shanghai on Nov. 21. But the fashionable affair got off to a troubled start after the brand released three promotional videos featuring a female model attempting to eat traditional Italian food — including pizza and a large cannoli — with chopsticks. Each of the 40-second clips was rife with racist and sexist undertones, even featuring a male narrator who appeared to be mocking Chinese culture. To make matters worse, Stefano Gabbana, one half of the Italian design duo, was caught defending the video on Instagram with even more racist and derogatory statements, all of which was discovered and shared by industry watchdog @Diet_Prada.

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Dolce & Gabbana’s official account and Gabbana’s personal account both issued apologies on the night of the event, in which both claimed that the offensive messages were a result of hacking. “We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China,” the official apology said.

But the damage was already done: Models began pulling out of the show, celebrities announced their intentions to boycott the brand, and the whole fiasco became a trending topic on China’s Twitter-esque social media site, Weibo. Just hours before the show was supposed to go on, Dolce & Gabbana announced that they would be canceling the event for good. The backlash didn’t end there: Retailers including Lane Crawford, Alibaba and JD.com decided to stop selling products from the brand.

2. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show falls out of fashion

In the lead-up to the taping of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November, the sultry lingerie brand was already under fire for its lack of inclusivity in terms of casting and its product offerings. With plus-size and curve models appearing on runways across New York, London, Milan and Paris, plus plenty of high-fashion brands expanding their size offerings, why wasn’t VS following suit? And why wasn’t it celebrating all types of bodies, rather than offering a standing ovation for the slim and hyper-fit physiques of its coven of approved models?

This is a question that Vogue’s Nicole Phelps posed to the chief marketing officer of L Brands, Ed Razek, and the executive vice president of public relations at VS, Monica Mitro, in an interview. The executive’s answers caused even more of an uproar.

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Taylor Hill walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Alexina Graham walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Josephine Skriver walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Sara Sampaio walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Kendall Jenner walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Lais Ribeiro walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Aiden Curtiss walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Liu Wen walks the runway wearing Swarovski in the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images for Swarovski)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Lameka Fox walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Model Cindy Bruna walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Yasmin Wijnaldum walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Behati Prinsloo walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Candice Swanepoel walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Ming Xi walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Shanina Shaik walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Jasmine Tookes walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Herieth Paul walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Jourdana Phillips walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Barbara Palvin walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Stella Maxwell walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Sofie Rovenstine walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Grace Elizabeth walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: Romee Strijd walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 08, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
Brazilian model Adriana Lima walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City. - Every year, the Victoria's Secret show brings its famous models together for what is consistently a glittery catwalk extravaganza. It's the most-watched fashion event of the year (800 million tune in annually) with around 12 million USD spent on putting the spectacle together according to Harper's Bazaar. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Sui He walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Cindy Bruna walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Candice Swanepoel walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Sara Sampaio walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Barbara Fialho walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Kendall Jenner walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Lais Ribeiro walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Elsa Hosk walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Romee Strijd walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Grace Bol walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Martha Hunt walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/FilmMagic)
US model Bella Hadid walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City. - Every year, the Victoria's Secret show brings its famous models together for what is consistently a glittery catwalk extravaganza. It's the most-watched fashion event of the year (800 million tune in annually) with around 12 million USD spent on putting the spectacle together according to Harper's Bazaar. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: Georgia Fowler walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 08, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Chey Maya walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Subah Koj walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Stella Maxwell walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Ming Xi walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Kelly Gale walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Barbara Palvin walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Sadie Newman walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Behati Prinsloo walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Josie Canseco walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Myrthe Bolt walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Maggie Laine walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Maia Cotton walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Kelsey Merritt walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Grace Elizabeth walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Isilda Moreira walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Estelle Chen walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Zuri Tibby walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Willow Hand walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Alannah Walton walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Aiden Curtiss walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Sofie Rovenstine walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Winnie Harlow walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: Mayowa Nicholas walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 08, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Sui He walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Josephine Skriver walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Devon Windsor walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Duckie Thot walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Leomie Anderson walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Nadine Leopold walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Liu Wen walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Yasmin Wijnaldum walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Alexina Graham performs during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Alanna Arrington walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Martha Hunt walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Bella Hadid walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Winnie Harlow walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Frida Aasen walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Elsa Hosk walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Kelly Gale walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Devon Windsor walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Toni Garrn walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Gizele Oliveira walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
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“Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is,” Razek said. He also offered up a handful of dismissive comments regarding the #MeToo movement and various Victoria’s Secret competitors.

Amid reports that sales at Victoria’s Secret were slipping and that the brand was losing market share to competitors — plus the increasing outrage after the recent fashion show — the brand’s CEO, Jan Singer, resigned. Even that departure was criticized, as her exit appeared to show that a female executive was taking the flak for unsavory comments made by her male colleague.

The debacle continued to play out in opinion pieces splashed across the internet, each with a more insulting headline, from the New York Times’ “Victoria’s Secret? In 2018, Fewer Women Want to Hear It” to the Washington Post’s The Victoria’s Secret fashion show is too boring to even argue about.”

3. Melania Trump’s “I really don’t care” jacket 

First lady Melania Trump is usually poised and polished for official visits, often selecting outfits from top designers such as Ralph Lauren and Valentino that cost upwards of four figures. So when she set off to visit migrant children who were being held at the Texas-Mexico border on June 21, her $39 Zara jacket made headlines. And not just for its affordable price tag.

Her strategic sartorial choice became clear when the first lady boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The back of her army-green jacket clearly read: “I really don’t care, do u?” It was a bizarre and icy message to convey while visiting children who were being detained separately from their parents due to President Trump’s zero-tolerance stance on immigration.

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As part of her first solo international trip as first lady, Melania visited Nairobi National Park in a white pith helmet, which drew criticism for its colonial-era past. 

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Melania Trump attended the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations alongside her husband. Her black dress was thought to be a slight towards President Trump as many people on the internet saw her outfit as a gesture of support for sexual assault survivors.

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The Trumps welcomed Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda to the White House in September. The problem? Melania was wearing a wool coat while it was still 80 degrees outside. Furthermore, she didn't remove her coat while dining inside with the Polish first lady, which Twitter deemed not the best hostess tactic. 

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Melania Trump tried her hand at gardening for the second time to plant an Eisenhower Oak at the White House in August. The $4000 skirt and sky-high Louboutin heels she wore to dig soil sent the internet aflame. 

"Melania is launching her new line of Gardening Attire, accompanied by the standard 4-inch heels," joked one Twitter user. 

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FLOTUS stepped out on August 20th in Maryland to promote her Be Best initiative and discuss cyberbullying. To the event, she wore the once-controversial pussy-bow blouse -- the same style she sported during the 2016 presidential debate after the Access Hollywood leak. 

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Arguably her most controversial outfit yet, Melania sported a jacket emblazoned with the words "I Really Don't Care Do You" to visit migrant children separated from their parents in Texas. The Zara jacket retails for $39.

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Melania arrived at POTUS' State of the Union at the start of the new year in a white Dior pantsuit. Many members of Congress chose to wear black in solidarity with sexual assault survivors and in protest of the Trump administration: Melania stood out in all white. 

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Following Ivana Trump's controversial interview in October, Melania donned an emerald green shirtdress from British brand Cefinn to an official visit to Lily's Place to visit with families affected by addiction. It's the first non-profit infant recovery center in the world. 

The dress was designed by former first lady of Britain Samantha Cameron. Is she reminding everyone of her status? 

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Alongside President Trump, FLOTUS arrived in Vegas in October to pay their respects to the 50 victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Her all-black, closed-off look drew some major criticism on Twitter. 

"I'm making a public plea to Melania Trump: stop with the sunglasses (and the heels at disaster areas)," one Twitter user wrote.

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Twitter had a lot to say about this picture of FLOTUS getting down and dirty in the garden established by former first lady Michelle Obama. 

Her $1380 Balmain shirt wasn't the most appropriate choice for the event.

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Though this photo was taken at the White House Congressional Picnic in June, the Trumps tweeted a photo from the event to wish the country a happy Labor Day the following September. 

"We are building our future with American hands, American labor, American iron, aluminum and steel," POTUS wrote. Ironically, Melania's dress was designed by Mary Katrantzou, a Greek-born British designer. Twitter had *a lot* to say. 

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Off to help Hurricane Harvey victims, Melania made headlines when she boarded Air Force One in sky-high stilettos.

"God grant me the serenity not to comment on the shoes," wrote one Twitter user.

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FLOTUS turned heads in a $51,500 floral jacket by Dolce & Gabbana for the G7 summit in Italy. 

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While visiting Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial, Melania sported a white sleeveless dress. Twitter wasn't happy with her sporting bare shoulders at the memorial.

Wrote one user, "Melania cover your arms up, show some respect."

"Geez. The lambasted Michelle Obama for baring her arms and her is Melania Trump in conservative Israel with a sleeveless dress," said another. 

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Just days after President Trump landed in hot water following the leaked Access Hollywood recordings, Melania sported a pussy bow shirt to the second presidential debates.

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In a statement, the first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, tried to minimize the outcry, saying, “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message.” President Trump negated that by issuing his own statement on the uproar, tweeting, “‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”

Months later, in October 2018, the first lady explained her jacket choice to ABC’s Tom Llamas. It’s obvious I didn’t wear the jacket for the children,” she said. “I wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane. And it was for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me. And I want to show them that I don’t care.”

4. Hedi Slimane removed the Céline accent (and so much more)

When Hedi Slimane was appointed as creative director at Céline in January 2018, avid fans of the brand braced for massive change. After all, that’s exactly what the boundary-pushing designer did when he removed the “Yves” from “Yves Saint Laurent” back in June 2012.

So it came as little surprise in September 2018 when Céline became just Celine. That’s right, Slimane disposed of the accent aigu (acute accent) that had been hovering above the first e since 1945, when Céline Vipiana and her husband Richard founded the label.

According to the brand, the removal of the accent allowed for “a simplified and more balanced proportion, evoking the Celine collections of the 1960s where the accent wasn’t used often.” Celine explained this all in an Instagram post on its account that had been wiped clean of all images from Phoebe Philo’s decade-long tenure.

Slimane also tweaked the typography and spacing between the letters of the Celine logo, though that didn’t ruffle feathers quite as much as the loss of the accent. And it surely didn’t compare to the reaction to Slimane’s debut collection at Celine, which was ill-received by both lifelong fans and critics — but has been anticipated to be a big hit in terms of sales.

5. French Open bans Serena Williams’s catsuit 

Along with being recognized as the most talented athlete in the world, Serena Williams is also known for her keen fashion taste both on and off the court. But that doesn’t mean the 23-time Grand Slam singles winner is immune to tennis’s notoriously strict rules.

At the French Open in August 2018, Williams stepped out to play in a sleek black catsuit that was designed specifically for her by Nike. The black one-piece served to help with her circulation, as the new mother has a history of suffering from blood clots, particularly following the birth of her daughter, Olympia, in September 2017.

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PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America reacts during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America plays a forehand during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America in action during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America plays a forehand during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America reacts during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America plays a forehand during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America reacts during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America reacts during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Regardless, her catsuit prompted French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli to claim that a new dress code would be implemented next year. “I think we sometimes went too far. The combination of Serena this year, for example, it will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place,” he told Tennis magazine in an interview. The controlling decision drew ire on social media, with former tennis stars including Billie Jean King, Andy Roddick and Chris Evert weighing in on the statement.

Williams, meanwhile, seemed to be unfazed by the whole thing. “I think that obviously the Grand Slams have a right to do what they want to do,” she said after the announcement, adding that she and her team have a great relationship with Giudicelli.

6. Fallout from charges against photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber 

A detailed exposé was published in the New York Times on Jan. 13 calling out the sexual misconduct of esteemed photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber. The accusations were made by a series of models and assistants who worked with or alongside the lensmen for various campaigns and magazine shoots.

In total, 13 individuals recounted unwanted sexual advances from Testino, dating back to the ’90s. Fifteen models told the newspaper about breathing exercises that Weber frequently practiced, during which he instructed the individuals to touch themselves inappropriately, sometimes moving their hands with his own.

Both photographers vehemently denied the accusations but faced swift consequences regardless. Condé Nast announced that it would be cutting ties with both Testino and Weber “for the foreseeable future,” right after the Times’ story broke. Brands including Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman, Burberry and Ralph Lauren also decided to sever their business relationships with the accused photographers. And the fallout continues: A sexual harassment suit against Weber is pending, while Testino’s creative agency, Mariotestino+, shuttered this past March.

7. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wears a $3,500 outfit in Interview

In the world of glossy magazines, it’s not rare to see a public figure dressed in an eye-wateringly expensive outfit that was borrowed for the occasion. But when Interview published a photo of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. — who was a congressional candidate at the time — wearing a forest-green suit from Gabriela Hearst and black satin Manolo Blahnik pumps, the 29-year-old Democratic socialist found herself at the center of a bizarre controversy.

The highly contentious shoot was accompanied by an interview in which Kerry Washington and the rising political star discussed topics including income inequality and the working class. At one point, Ocasio-Cortez even addressed her “haters,” saying, “For me, it’s really important to know whose opinions you value, because nine times out of 10, the people who are critiquing you are people who are never going to be in your camp.”

So why did the price of a borrowed outfit outshine the importance of this conversation?

It seems the critics who took to social media to complain about Ocasio-Cortez’s “hypocritical” suit were seemingly unaware that the clothing and accessories featured in magazine shoots are often lent to the publication — meaning the subject hardly ever purchases the items he or she is wearing in the glossy, posed images. This was a detail that Ocasio-Cortez confirmed in a tweet, where she noted that she did not keep the outfit and also promised that she would keep “slaying lewks.”

8. Designer Emilia Wickstead claimed Meghan Markle’s wedding dress was a knockoff

Almost the entire world was glued to their TV screens this past May when Meghan Markle wore a Givenchy gown to walk down the aisle with Prince Harry. But the pure white boat-neck wedding dress that was crafted by artistic director Clare Waight Keller wasn’t universally adored.

In fact, English designer Emilia Wickstead shared some choice words about the white frock with the Daily Mail. “‘Her dress is identical to one of our dresses. Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, ‘It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress,’” she was quoted saying. Wickstead went on to criticize the fit of Markle’s dress and the wispy hairdo she selected for her big day.

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US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ben Birchall / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.
US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Andrew Matthews / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW MATTHEWS/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.
Pageboys hold the train of the dress of Meghan Markle as she arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.
US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and her bridal walk down the aisle of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.
Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by the Prince of Wales in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for their wedding.
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Brian Lawless - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in the Ascot Landau carriage during the procession on The Long Walk after getting married St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and Britain's Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, (R) walk away from the High Altar toward the West Door to exit at the end of their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel after their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Meghan Markle stands at the altar during her wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry lifts the veil of Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle during their wedding service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Meghan Markle smiles during her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Meghan Markle smiles during her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle stand together for their wedding in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) sits with US actress Meghan Markle (R) during the reading in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) sits with US actress Meghan Markle (R) during the reading in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and US actress Meghan Markle (L) stand facing each other hand-in-hand before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and US actress Meghan Markle (L) stand facing each other hand-in-hand before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle stand together at the High Altar during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry places the wedding ring on the finger of Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Meghan Markle (R) with her mother Doria Ragland arrive at Windsor Castle ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Meghan Markle with her mother Doria Ragland (unseen) drive down the Long Walk as they arrive at Windsor Castle ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle (R) and her mother, Doria Ragland, arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle leaves the Cliveden House Hotel, accompanied by her mother, Ms Doria Ragland, ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Page boys John and Brian Mulroney accompany US actress Meghan Markle as she arrives in a car for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Chris Radburn / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS RADBURN/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle leaves the Cliveden House Hotel, accompanied by her mother, Ms Doria Ragland, ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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The Daily Mail then published another story on Wickstead after this drama became a hot topic on social media. The story claimed that Wickstead’s Twitter account was suspended — even though the designer’s publicist said that the designer hadn’t been active on the social media site in years.

A week after the original comments were published, Wickstead released a statement to the Cut, which read, “I am extremely saddened by commentary that has appeared in the press and on-line over the past few days. … I do not think that her wedding dress was a copy of any of our designs. I have the greatest respect for Clare Waight Keller and the House of Givenchy — a huge source of inspiration to me.”

The whole snafu must have been quickly forgotten by Kensington Palace because Markle ended up wearing a little black dress from Wickstead this past July, during her first official trip abroad with Prince Harry.

9. Burberry caught destroying $37.8 million worth of unsold merchandise

Burberry disclosed plenty of large figures in its annual report that was published in July 2018. But the $37.8 million worth of unsold products was what caught the public’s attention. Rather than offering the $13.76 million of cosmetics and $24 million of clothing and accessories at a discount, the brand simply set fire to its excess stock. But that’s not all: It turns out that Burberry has destroyed upwards of $116 million worth of products over the past five years.

This puzzling practice of destroying unsold merchandise has been adopted by a handful of designer brands that aim to maintain a certain air of exclusivity, thereby preventing their products from being offered at a discount. It is also said the practice allows them to limit the production of counterfeit items and protect the intellectual property of designs that are still in the midst of production. Along with Burberry, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and H&M are all known to burn their own unsold stock.

In response to being caught red-handed, Burberry claimed that its burning practices are environmentally friendly because it is able to harness the energy expelled by its carefully calculated fires. The brand also noted that it tries to create as little surplus merchandise as possible, but it didn’t announce any plans to put out its fires anytime soon.

10. H&M ad sparks claims of racism

Swedish label H&M started off the year on a sour note when it posted an image of a young black child modeling a sweatshirt that read “Coolest monkey in the jungle” across the chest. The design was met with widespread outrage across social media and caused a handful of celebrities to sever business relationships with the brand, including the Weeknd and G-Eazy.

H&M issued a public apology on Jan. 9, just days after the outrage began, which it posted at the top of its webpage for all of its customers to see. “We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print,” the company said in a statement. “Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering globally.”

The brand also hired a diversity leader in order to increase awareness around blatant insensitivities and in an attempt to avoid making a similar mistake in the future. However, H&M still had to close select stores in South Africa just four days after its public apology, as angry mobs swarmed the shops in protest.

As for the unsold sweatshirts? Those were reportedly “recycled” by the H&M team.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Rihanna attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jared Leto attends 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination', the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Priyanka Chopra attends 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination', the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Singer Katy Perry enters the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum on May 07, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Cardi B attends 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination', the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Frances McDormand attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Nicki Minaj attends Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala a the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
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