Fashion 2017: the big, bold review of a year that changed everything

It was a very big year in fashion. A year of ups and downs, fails and wins, feminism and girl power, scandals and activism. We bid farewell to 2017 with every story which that mattered the most in the politics of style .

Pyssy hats and pyssy power marched their way down in Washington D.C. and all of a sudden fashion became part of an all-female empowerment movement against harassment. From Trump to Weinstein the men who attacked women brought female shapes of power walking down the runways from NYC to Milan, feminism broke new grounds, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum made the pussy hat part of its Rapid Response collection and the city’s Design Museum has nominated the Pussyhat Project as a Fashion Design of the Year and fashion is all about empowerment -once and for all.

Fashion designers changed places and historic houses got their new blood flowing with Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy, Paul Surridge at Roberto Cavalli, Natacha Ramsay-Levi at Chloé, Olivier Lapidus at Lanvin, Casey Cadwallader at Mugler, Raf Simons at Calvin Klein, Lucie and Luke Meier at Jil Sander, Francesco Risso at Marni, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia at Oscar de la Renta, Paul Andrew at Salvatore Ferragamo.

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As for the high profile exits Phoebe Philo’s vision in Celine came to an end and Jonathan Saunders left DVF, Deborah Lloyd left Kate Spade New York, Riccardo Tisci left Givenchy, Christopher Bailey left Burberry; Fulvio Rigoni left Salvatore Ferragamo, Lubov Azria left BCBG, David Koma left Mugler, Massimo Giorgetti left Emilio Pucci, Rodolfo Paglialunga left Jil Sander; Bouchra Jarrar left Lanvin and Lisa Kulson left Theory.

The Costume Institute’s tribute to “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons” was a stunning hit, so was Kaia Gerber’s runway debut and the Hadids brand in every major fashion magazine. In fact per The Fashion Spot Bella Hadid has the most magazine covers of any other girl. Oh, also Kendal Jenner is regarded the richest model of all with Gisele Bundchen losing her title after many years per Forbes.

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Karlie Kloos is the model with brains for Forbes of the Year and fashion media reshaped with departures and new entries. Nylon, British Glamour and Teen Vogue are set to cease regular print publications, Condé Nast Italia announced its plans to close Vogue Italia’s four sister magazines, L’Uomo Vogue (for menswear), Vogue Bambini (for childrenswear), Vogue Sposa (for bridal) and Vogue Gioiello (for jewelry).

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Cindi Leive, Graydon Carter, Robbie Myers, Alexandra Shulman and Nancy Gibbs announced their exits from Glamour, Vanity Fair, Elle, British Vogue and Time, respectively while Nina Garcia (Elle), Radhika Jones (Vanity Fair) and Edward Enninful (British Vogue) are on top of their game for a brand new 2018 in fashion and style branding.

Gucci and Versace dominated the Italian fashion scene (the Kering-owned house posted 49 percent sales growth, hitting €1.55 billion and Donatella Versace’s super model iconic extravangza with 87 looks as a tribute to the late Gianni, now 20 years after his murder), Terry Richardson and Bruce Weber are allegedly predators in the fashion industry and the #MeToo movement took shape in the industry thanks to Cameron Russell’s anti-harassment campaign.

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2017 saw the deaths of Condé Nast chairman emeritus S.I. Newhouse, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, Yves Saint Laurent co-founder Pierre Bergé, former Fendi president Carla Fendi with Azzedine Alaïa’s sudden passing the saddest story of every sad story in fashion this year.

Cover image via InStyle