Lady Gaga wore meat and Rihanna went naked, for all intents and purposes. Kate Middleton delivered royal wedding opulence and Billy Porter went viral in a tuxedo gown. There was the much-coveted for Olivia Pope white coat, Lupita Nyong’o’s ideal powder blue Oscar gown and Karl Lagerfield’s embrace of athleisure.
The end decade was consistently moving in fashion. The most extraordinary minutes among fashion editors had Rihanna and Beyonce top of Meghan as trendsetters, alongside the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and previous first woman Michelle Obama.
Rachel Torgerson, the senior fashion editor at Cosmopolitan, said it may appear to overlook the decade of 2010 to 2020 fashion-wise. Lady Gaga’s raw meat dress in 2010 at the MTV Video Music Awards was a much-discussed exception.
“More definitive moments came before — the grunge-y ’90s, the Paris Hilton-drenched early aughts,” Torgerson said. “But the truth is there were some majorly iconic sartorial instances that changed us forever during this time.”
Everyone will begin with Rihanna.
“My jaw dropped to the floor when Rihanna sparkled onto the stage in an Adam Selman Swarovksi crystal ‘naked dress’ to receive her CFDA style icon award,” said Joyann King, executive editorial director of HarpersBazaar.com. “It was as beautiful as it was provocative and began a trend that continues to rule the red carpet and our social feeds.”
Laurel Pantin, fashion features director of InStyle, concurred: “I’ll never forget it. In my dreams, that’s what I look like and that’s what I’m wearing.”
It was 2014. The next year, at the Met Gala, Beyonce wore Givenchy in another scarcely there look, a long sheer design that depended on coverage from deliberately placed embroidery and a smattering of sparkles, said Andrea Lavinthal, style and beauty director for People.
“It was somehow even more naked than all the other naked dresses that night,” she said.
Duchess Kate wore the house of McQueen to wed Prince William in 2011, over a year after Alexander McQueen’s passing. The lace and ivory satin gown incorporated a pinched-in bodice inspired by Victorian corsetry, a signature of McQueen, however, it additionally evoked the wedding look of Grace Kelly. It was designed by his successor, Sarah Burton.
“Literally every bride wanted to look like her then, and many still do,” Torgerson said. “People are still requesting lookalikes.”
A similar interest followed Duchess Meghan into marriage. The American actress wed Prince Harry in 2018 wearing a boat-necked, long-sleeve stunner by Claire Waight Keller of Givenchy.
“In this decade, not only one but two of the U.K.’s spotlight princesses got married, which left the world pondering about who these women would choose to design their momentous wedding dresses,” said Shilpa Prabhakar Nadella, fashion market director for Glamour. “Both have become style icons in their own right.”
As style icons go, few had as a lot of effect as Obama, who made dresses and other clothing sell out basically by putting them on and was a major booster of both fashion and diverse designers. Her choices often made headlines.
Lindsay Peoples Wagner, editor in chief of Teen Vogue, noticed a specific Obama minute, this one by designer Tracy Reese, an uncommon African American lady among top designers. It was the pink sleeveless dress with specks of gold brocade that Obama wore for her speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
“It was a historic moment of two iconic women coming together,” Peoples Wagner said. “I can still remember how the dress shimmered as she walked on that stage.”
Like Obama, Beyonce served a heaping plate of style consistently.
There was her larger-than-life black hat and layered neckbands of Swarovski crystals, leather, and gems in “Formation,” from her groundbreaking “Lemonade” visual album. For her September 2018 Vogue cover, she was photographed by Tyler Mitchell in an enormous floral headdress by Phil John Perry for Rebel. It was stunning and furthermore notable: Mitchell became the first black photographer to shoot a cover for the magazine.
“The photos were so dynamic and powerful,” Peoples Wagner said.
Rihanna, as well, has persevered.
Her brilliant yellow cape gown by Chinese couturier Guo Pei won the 2015 Met Gala and propelled a thousand omelet memes, Hyland said. Pei told Fashionista.com: “Only women who have the confidence of a queen could wear it.”
By the decade’s end, she would likewise become an amazing fashion and beauty mogul in her very own right: Her Fenty Beauty line with its inclusive shades constrained different brands to adopt a more extensive view, her Savage X Fenty lingerie line for all body types was referred to as a purpose behind Victoria’s Secret’s drop in fame, and she became the first black lady to helm a luxury line for LVMH with Fenty.
Virgil Abloh, as creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, likewise made history.
“Not only did he become one of the first black men to take over such a position in fashion, but the self-taught designer and multi-hyphenate represented a democratization of the industry and a breaking down of boundaries previously in the way for those considered far outside the lines of the traditional fashion industry insiders,” said Brooke Bobb, senior fashion news writer for Vogue.
Legendary designer Lagerfeld passed on in February, yet his supermarket show for Chanel in 2014 lives on.
“Karl Lagerfeld, who once equated sweatpants with ‘giving up,’ cheekily nodded to the athleisure industrial complex with intentionally holey sweatsuits and dad sneakers,” said Veronique Hyland, fashion features director for Elle. “It came at a turning point in fashion, with every day becoming more aspirational and studied casualness becoming the order of the day, even for fashion week habitues. It was also prescient. These days, the Whole Foods aisle is our runway.”
Kerry Washington, buoyed by “Scandal,” and Porter, inspired by “Pose,” characterized the decade too.
“’ Scandal’ was pretty much everything after it debuted in 2012 and pretty much every adult woman wanted Olivia Pope’s polished, perfect style and crisp, white waterfall overcoat,” Torgerson said. “These are the facts!”
Porter has given in excess of a few moments yet it’s his showstopping black velvet tuxedo gown by Christian Siriano that accomplished his goal in February at the Oscars: A discussion about gender, race, and fashion. The top half was a classic men’s tuxedo jacket he wore with a bow tie and the bottom was a dramatic full skirt.
“Gender-neutral fashion and inclusion emerged as a key shift in the way designers approached creative direction and their businesses,” King said. “Billy Porter’s tuxedo gown that went viral embodied this movement in the most glamorous way.”
Porter, the black and gay breakout star of the boundary-growing FX series, spent the awards season utilizing fashion as political art. There were past dresses, and there was help from powerhouses Tom Ford and Michael Kors, alongside littler designers who embrace a more prominent gender fluidity in their collections and were excited to dress him.
“People are actually listening,” Porter told The Associated Press after the Oscars. “I hope it opens up a dialogue of healing. I will always continue to do me.”
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