From pandemic to pandemonium, this is the fashion year in review
The year began with a casualty: Big Topshop, the 90,000 square-foot Oxford Circus flagship, closed in the first week of January, symbolic of a year spent watching TikTok teens lambast millennials for their fast fashion habits, while plenty slip into a new Shein dress for every video.
As one massive glass door closes, another one opens. Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration unexpectedly launched two fashion faces in the form of Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff, and poet Amanda Gorman, who wore pearl-encrusted Miu Miu and yellow Prada, respectively. Both were signed to IMG Models before the month was out. And speaking of Prada, Raf Simons made his long-awaited menswear debut with a bunch of geometric long-johns and a very cute student roundtable, live-Zoomed from around the world.
A few matches were made in heaven. Harry Styles borrowed Phoebe Waller-Bridge for his “Treat People With Kindness” music video where the duo danced in sparkling Gucci suits with matching vests and flared trousers. Kate Moss and her daughter, Lila Moss, walked the runway together for the first time at Fendi – a very “I thought you were sisters!” moment for Madame Moss. Then, Reebok designed hand-painted Maison Margiela Tabis, the latest in camel-toe collabs.