From Nike Swooshes and 1970s necklines to 90s plaid and GhettoGoth, 2013 saw an influx of street culture and a new ease in dressing (at very affordable prices!) that we’re excited to see continue into 2014. But until then, we’re counting down the best fashion moments of the year right here.
Fashion’s Newest Obsession: the Nike Sneaker
Taking everyone by surprise in 2013, one of the most photographed logos on the street style circuit actually came from one of the oldest athletic companies: Nike. After seasons of sky-high heels and platforms, the Nike Swoosh felt decidedly fresh and was paired with everything from jeans to skirts and even their white athletic socks made an appearance, being worn with strappy sandals. This year, Nike is celebrating its 50th anniversary and continues to be the master of reinvention and relevance.
We can always count on Hollywood to provide some of the biggest sartorial statements of the year, and in 2013 there was a little something for everyone: The Great Gatsby had us dreaming of Art Deco Tiffany gems and begging us to decorate our hair with bejeweled headbands and charms; Spring Breakers had us yearning for the carefree days of summer and neon bikinis; The Bling Ring told a cautionary tale of excess (but we still kind of loved it anyways); while American Hustle finished off the year with plunging necklines and all things 70s—something we’ll be seeing a lot more of come spring.
The mega-return of grunge in 2013 came from one of the most unlikely of sources: the House of Saint Laurent. Creative Director Hedi Slimane brought his SoCal lifestyle to Paris for Fall 2013 and what followed was an onslaught of plaid shirts, overalls, crop tops and biker boots—and lucky for us, it’s a trend that shows no signs of stopping.
The term #GhettoGoth spread far and wide in 2013, due to Rihanna’s use of the hashtag on her Instagram. The actual creator of the movement, D.J Venus X, took to twitter to defend its origins, defining the look as a mashup of such divergent style references as Missy Elliott and Aaliyah through to Vivienne Westwood and Kurt Cobain -with roots that go far beyond fashion. We’ll be seeing a lot of Venus X in 2014 and you can be sure it will be more than just a hashtag.
OK, twerking and baby aside, Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian also got makeovers in 2013! Miley traded in her Party-in-the-USA-good-girl-duds for 90s Versace and short hair, shorter shorts and well… anything short really (unless of course she was naked). Just the opposite, Kim revealed her post-baby body with a wash of bleach-blonde hair, runway-inspired looks and was photographed covered-up in Givenchy, Celine and Max Mara. (I’ll take her collection of Max Mara coats, please and thank you.)
Fast Fashion Collabs
2013 marked a big year for high-low collaborations: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target featured the designer’s easy-wearing separates like his silk and chiffon tops, pastel-hued trousers and one of the best trench coats you could buy for under $100. Arguably the most-buzzed about and fêted of them all had to Isabel Marant for H&M, with fans cueing up days in advance for Marant’s greatest hits collection. 2014 has us primed and ready for the next round (ahem, Peter Pilotto for Target).
A Monumental Message of Beauty
Rick Owens’ Spring 2014 show was a much-needed breath of fresh air last year. Working with four college step teams from the U.S., Owens’ clothes were sent down the runway in a frenzy of movement and diversity. “We’re rejecting conventional beauty and creating our own,” the designer said before the show, albeit a simple message, but one that Owens was able to truly showcase during this powerful performance.