So December 31st has rolled around once again and today people are looking back on their year with reminiscent sighs, attempting to sum up what they have achieved and what they hope to achieve in 2013. For me, 2012 was the year I became a serial intern! From a local magazine, to a blogger at Graduate Fashion Week, to working for a publishing house and a couple of fashion magazines in the big old city of London, if there was experience to be had, I was doing it! 2012 was also the year I started this blog, and if I can recommend doing anything in 2013, it’s starting your own blog!
So yes, now I’m going to get all reminiscent and have a little look back at my favourite fashion moments of 2012. What better thing to look back on than fashion?!
Favourite Womenswear Collections of 2012
2012 was the year where fashion went back in time, forward in time and diagonally in time (if that was possible…you get my point). Inspiration was taken from absolutely everywhere. In New York, Donna Karan transported us back to the 1940s with her ‘His Lapel- Her Body’ collection which celebrated the emancipation of women with powerful tailored suits, brogue heels and collars and cuffs aplenty. At Balenciaga, Nicholas Ghesquiere referenced the early 1980s with broad shoulders, cocoon-shaped graphic jumpers and vivid splashes of colour. And Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel shot into the future with a superhero- esque collection with space-galactic wool coats with jewel embellishments, crystalline eyebrows and Lucite shoes with transparent heels.
But for me, my absolute favourite collection must go to Alexander McQueen. Sarah Burton’s ‘A Beautiful Future’ show saw voluminous mushroom shapes, delicate bluebell forms and the soft textures of fur, marabou and organza all combined with futuristic visors and barbell shaped belts in techno silver. The dramatic shapes and beautifully romantic colour palette of this collection was simply awe-inspiring. Check out my full review for the show here:
And concerning SS13, Burberry has to take the rosette for most stunning collection. If only I could get my hands on one of those metallic trenches for 2013, that would be the perfect start to the year!
Favourite Menswear Collections of 2012
For menswear in 2012, it was all about tailoring and pattern. YMC perfectly represented the versatility of menswear these days with a collection which showed old school preppy shirts with jumpers draped over the shoulders, boldly striped blazers and polo shirts alongside a late 80’s casual aesthetic of baggy turned up jeans, leopard print jackets and slick shades.
Roberto Cavalli hailed a key look of 2012, metallics ,with a collection that took a futuristic take on the 1970’s disco scene. Saying , ‘we should think more about fantasy’, Cavalli’s collection of twilight blues and sleek silvers were tailored to perfection with the signature extravagance of Cavalli to complete the look.
And of course, menswear would not be complete without the barmy yet brilliant John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier who both presented wacky colourful collections, Galliano’s celebrating nature’s wildest patterns and Gaultier fusing middle-eastern influences with nautical.
For me, my favourite collection would have to go to Margiela SS13, with its light, springy colour palette and use of luxurious textures and subtle patterning. Simple yet always effective!
Designer of 2012
This HAS to go to Victoria Beckham. No competition in my eyes! From pop-star to WAG to fashion designer, the transition has not come easily for Posh. If there’s any industry where it’s hard to be accepted, it’s the fashion industry and Victoria’s status as a fashion designer has been earnt accordingly with her collections which always aim to flatter the female form and which will stand the test of time with their sleek and modern designs. And she’s not short of celebrity fans either- Eva Longoria, Beyonce, Jessica Ennis, Michelle Williams, J-Lo, Cheryl…the list goes on. You know you’re doing something right when the world’s most beautiful women want to wear your designs. I also love that Victoria is often papped wearing one of her own designs. I think it shows her passion for what she is doing now. I look forward to one day being able to afford one of your dresses Victoria!
Style Icons of 2012
It’s probably the most obvious thing in the world to say, but style these days is so versatile! So I’m going to honour this fact by picking out a few winners here. For her classic timeless style, I’m going to pick Miranda Kerr. Sticking to the formula of less is more, Miranda is winning with her fashion approach that sees timeless neutral pieces in classic cuts combined with a statement piece in a bold colour or pattern.
On the more daring side of the style radar, I could not neglect Katy Perry. With natural beauty and lots of charisma on her side, this lil lady can pull off the more wacky designs without looking like a bit of a mental case. And even though Kristen Stewart disappointed us all with her immoral behaviour this year, I think her red-carpet looks this AW have been very on trend and just that little bit daring. It may have something to do with her working with Balenciaga, I’m not sure….
Fashion Publication of 2012
Keep a look out for SHEER magazine in 2013 kids, it’s going to be big! I had the fortune of writing articles for them earlier in the year (visit www.sheermag.com), and they’ve recently been all over the news with their current cover which features a stunning black and white shot of Tulisa. Bringing you reviews of all the fashion shows (London Collections coming up soon), interviews with the stars and basically anything fashiony, 2012 was the making of Sheer.
My fashion moment of 2012
This would have to be working at Graduate Fashion Week on the official blogging team in June. Having the opportunity to write and do what I love, whilst getting a privileged look at the design talent of tomorrow, attending talks hosted by the best in the industry and sitting front row at the shows… amazing! One of the best ways to get experience is to get stuck in to the industry and this was one of the best places to experience it. And I got to see Henry Holland, Matthew Williamson, Daphne Guinness and many more fashion faces!
So there we have it. I think we can agree that 2012 has been a wonderful year for fashion. We’ve already seen what 2013 is bringing us through the SS13 shows at the September Fashion Weeks, and I for one can’t wait! For me 2013 is the year where I get my dream job and of course, get that Mulberry bag I’ve been wanting for forever! Happy New Year everybody! 🙂