Before fashion week even kicked off, major models Iman, Naomi Campbell, and Bethann Hardison teamed up to demand more diversity on the runways. They wrote open letters to each major international fashion council, and called out individual designers like Celine’s Phoebe Philo. The British Fashion Council responded, and other models–like Jourdan Dunn–chimed in. Happily, there was some improvement–at least in New York.
Discussions about where plus size customers fit in the fashion industry have been taking place for what feels like forever. But finally, during New York Fashion Week, Eden Miller made her mark by becoming the first plus size designer to officially show in the tents. It was just a small collection, but for Miller–and for the plus size community–it was a huge step forward.
Execs at luxury conglomerates were pretty busy this fashion month, setting the stage for fashion months to come by investing in promising up-and-coming designers. On the second day of fashion week, Kering announced it had taken a minority investment in buzzy American designer Joseph Altuzarra. A couple of weeks later, LVMH announced it had taken a majority stake in beloved shoe label Nicholas Kirkwood and then followed with a minority investment in another British brand, J.W. Anderson. And the next generation of luxury empires begins.
Technology has changed fashion in a lot of ways–namely with fashion’s favorite social media platform Instagram, which is completely transforming how fashion shows and events are documented. When a designer stages a moment that just has to be Instagrammed–whether it’s a sandy beach runway or a set of cars–it creates instant internet buzz. And we’re pretty sure more than a few designers had Instagram in mind while planning their runway shows and presentations.
Another way in which Instagram is influencing fashion: the #selfie. They’ve practically made street style blogs unnecessary and become the go-to mode of self-promotion for Internet savvy models like Cara Delevingne. Even Vogue launched an Instagram campaign.
You’d think the fashion crowd would keep its distance from something as unhealthy and calorie-filled as a donut/croissant hybrid (it’s not exactly a juice cleanse). But the Cronut’s air of exclusivity appealed to the likes of Opening Ceremony, who gave out Cronuts in their gift bags, and Victoria Beckham, who was sadly called out by Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel for Instagramming a Cronut knock-off. Yep, they’re so fashion-y they even have knock-offs.
The singer, whose debut album is due out later this month, was found in a compromising situation with her boyfriend–Saint Laurent model and DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith–just days after she walked the runway for Marc Jacobs in New York. The couple was found driving upstate, and when their car was pulled over after traffic infractions, Smith was found in possession of 42 decks (a.k.a. a sh*tload) of heroin and Ferreira was carrying ecstasy.
Okay, we’re probably being overdramatic. Still, when the biggest drama these editors expected was missing the Marc Jacobs’s show, these incidents actually were pretty alarming. First, editors like Lucky's Eva Chen and Teen Vogue's Andrew Bevan found themselves stuck in a freight elevator leaving Philosophy by Natalie Ratabesi. Then, when flying from Milan to Paris, major fashion players like Linda Wells from Allure and Glenda Bailey fromHarper’s Bazaar experienced a scary near-miss plane crash during landing. Makes being stuck in traffic look pretty nice, huh?
Not one to settle for a run-of-the-mill fashion show, Rick Owens flew in a step team from the United States to perform a routine while wearing his Spring 2014 collection. Aside from being one of the most Instagram-able moments of the month, it was also the biggest display of diversity on the runway that we’ve seen in a very long time.
While there was plenty of planned boob exposure at Fashion Month (lookin’ at you, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton), the most headline-making topless story was when Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN crashed the Nina Ricci runway. Two zealous protesters bum rushed the catwalk making statements with “model don’t go to brothels” and “fashion dictateror” scrawled across their bare torsos. So yeah, we’re not quite sure exactly what they were protesting, but the whole spectacle definitely shook up the usually posh and proper Paris Fashion Week crowd–and gave us one more thing to write about.
After months of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, Marc Jacobs finally did it. Keeping us in suspense until the last minute, the designer decided leave Louis Vuitton on the morning of house’s Spring 2014 runway show. It was a fitting finale to Jacobs’s 16-year tenure though, as the mind-blowing set just happened to be a retrospective of his Louis Vuitton greatest hits: a carousel, escalators, a fountain, and a wall-papered flophouse hallway. Jacobs and LVMH haven’t parted ways though, as they’re working toward a jackpot IPO for his namesake brand. Plus it’ll be interesting to see what Louis Vuitton does when some new blood shakes things up.
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Well, another fashion month has officially come to a close: from New York to Paris, from London to Milan, we've seen it all. And, as usual, the clothes weren't always the center of attention.
Check out the 10 biggest stories from fashion month, above.