FASHION’S MOST TALKED ABOUT MOMENTS OF THE DECADE
The year 2020 is less than a month away and we are shook over 2019 ending in a blink of an eye. And even more bewildered because 2019 brings an end to not just another year, but an entire decade! Where does time go!? To reminisce the decade that was, Team Libas Now brings you the biggest fashion moments of the last ten years; some of which were quite the “break the internet” moments, a phrase made popular by the celebrity of the decade, Kim Kardashian (who is also the queen of the most talked about fashion moments of this decade and honestly deserves a separate article)
From the first ever Hijab wearing Muslim model hitting the runway in New York and Milan to Jenifer Lopez walking the ramp in the iconic Versace green dress (reminding us that she just simply doesn’t age). Here’s a list of most talked about fashion moments that took place over the last decade.
Phoebe Philo in Adidas Stan Smiths
Starting off with the most iconic fashion statement made in 2015 when Phoebe Philo, who was then the creative director of Celine, appeared for the final bow at Celine’s August 2015 show sporting an Adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe. The seconds worth of a visual cemented the Stan Smith as a bonafide trend that still reigns supreme. We have since seen so many fashion editors, celebrities and models rocking the tennis shoe/sneaker trend, relieving the world of the idea that fashion has to be five inches of uncomfortable heels.
Beyoncé’s Canary Yellow Roberto Cavalli Dress
Nobody loves this dress like we do and that’s true. In the year 2016 Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s marriage hit the rocks which resulted in Queen Bey releasing her album, Lemonade. In the music video for her song Hold-up Beyoncé wore an off-shoulder Roberto Cavalli dress, walking down a street swinging a baseball bat hitting a thing or two. That dress became an instant phenomenon, the must-have item of 2016.
Angelina channeling a sultry Maleficent at the 2012 Oscars
Two years before the release of Maleficent, Angelina Jolie walked the Oscars 2012 red carpet in a pitch-black Versace gown, truly looking like a drop-dead gorgeous mistress of evil. I mean who wouldn’t want to be cast under a spell by their evil god mother if it’s Angelina Jolie we are talking about!
Nike launches a sports hijab
Nike launched its Pro Hijab line in 2017 which was a seminal moment in fashion for the Muslim community. Wearing traditional hijabs in competitions was holding back many female Muslim athletes from showing their full potential. Nike designers created the sports hijab prototype keeping in mind the performance problems caused by a traditional hijab. Today the Nike Pro Hijab has become one of the most popular clothing items in the world, leading to Nike launching a modest swimwear line in February 2020.
Halima Aden becomes the first Hijabi Model to shine on international runways
In 2016 Halima Aden, received international media attention as she became the first hijabi participant at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. The following year Halima became the first hijabi model to be signed by IMG models and made her ramp debut at NYFW for Yeezy Season 5. Since then she has walked for many major design labels and has appeared on the covers of leading fashion magazines, including a pathbreaking cover in Sports Illustrated’s history where she posed in a hijab and burkini. Halima’s popularity is a major win for diversity and also proves that a hijab only adds to the beauty of an outfit.
J-Lo in that Exotic Green Versace Dress
Circa 2000 J-Lo walks down the Oscars red carpet in a jaw-dropping, barely-there green Versace dress, fast forward to circa 2019, Lopez walks the Milan fashion week in an updated version of the same green dress; proving to the world that she is either a vampire or a Goddess of youth.
Lady Gaga in a Meat Dress
Talking about iconic dresses, how can we forget to talk about Lady Gaga showing up at the 2010 MTV Video Music awards in a dress made entirely out of red meat. Yes that’s right, a meat dress; talk about making a statement! Leave it to Lady Gaga to turn up at an event looking like a medium rare steak.
Feminist Statement Tees
September 2016 at Paris Fashion Week, Dior debuted a plain white cotton T-shirt with a printed quote, “We Should All Be Feminists”, taken from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminist prose. Endorsed by the likes of Rihanna, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence, the t shirt became a viral sensation and started a fashion storm of statement tees with feminist slogans. The trend trickled down to high street fashion, with brands creating their own versions of politically charged quotes on clothing that sells like hot cakes.
The Royal Bridals
Okay now let’s talk about the royals! The past decade has given us a lot of news from the British royal family, from Duchess Kate looking unrealistically beautiful right after giving birth to Prince Harry getting married to an American actress. It has been a rollercoaster ride for the royals, the highlight of which has definitely been the two royal weddings of the decade of Prince William to Kate Middleton and Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. The royal bridal gowns will surely be talked about for a very long time as the biggest fashion moments in the world. Kate Middleton walked down the aisle in a beautiful Alexander McQueen creation designed by Sarah Burton and Meghan Markle chose a simple gown designed by Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy. Till date us commoners have charged debates on who outshined the other.
Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue US
And finally, it’s not possible to talk about the most talked about moments of the past decade and not mention the Kardashians! I mean come on, they practically single-handedly changed the dynamics of fashion and fame as we know it today. Although there are a million things that are worthy to be mentioned in this list regarding the K fam, we definitely will need a separate article to do them justice. For this list we can’t fail to mention Kim and Kanye’s Vogue US cover, which marked the reality star’s first time being honoured by the fashion bible of the world. The cover shocked and offended many in high fashion society as Kim was looked down upon as a trashy reality tv star, not worthy of gracing the cover of such a prestigious magazine. Today, Anna Wintour in her Master Class reveals why she made that controversial choice, defending her decision by stating that she had to change the rules because Kim and Kanye’s level of influence was hard to ignore. Since then, one thing’s for sure, Kim K hasn’t looked back at her days of lowbrow fame and has taken her family along the ride to the all-access, era-defining new reality of reality tv stars.