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Looking Backward, Moving Forward

As we enter a new chapter, all of the celebrations can result in us neglecting the memories from the year we are saying goodbye to. Don’t get me wrong, I am no one to dwell on the past and I often think how lucky we are to have a day such as New Years Eve – Hogmanay, if you’re in Scotland – where one can wave goodbye to things we wish to leave behind and welcome the opportunity of a fresh new twelve months.

With this in mind, I thought it would be right to look at some of the key fashion points we’ve encountered throughout the past months, before to start falling for new trends, new items, new collections to come. After all, 2015 it’s been quite a year – fashion wise – from start to finish.

John Galliano made his return to the runway as the Creative Director for Maison Martin Margiela. Some of the most respected fashion industry people came to his first show chez the French Maison – which took place in London – and shared their curiosity for Galliano’s big comeback.
Alessandro Michele’ debut chez Gucci became a viral success, right after Frida Giannini’s highly speculated departure. A successful menswear show in January set the bar high for Alessandro’s first womenswear collection to be shown a few weeks later. The Italian talent is now now taking centre stage. Refreshing the style of one of the most iconic Italian fashion houses, revitalising the fashion scene of his entire country, but also inspiring creatives all around the world, Alessandro Michele’s debut is credited as true reincarnation of Gucci.

But this was just the beginning! By April we were greeted with the long awaited launch of the Apple Watch. Teased by Vogue China’s cover in November 2014 – where model Liu Wen gave us our first glimpse at how a vehicle into the digital revolution would sit on our wrists – the tantalising events arranged by Apple during fashion weeks were almost unnecessary.
It was plain and simple: we wanted the Apple Watch before its launch and we wanted in even more when it actually came out.
By April 10th, the Watch was available on pre order, waiting lists were filled up and it became obvious how Apple’s newborn was bound to become the device of the year.

The debut of Cannes Fashion Festival came about in May and entailed glamorous events which ran alongside the actual Film Festival.
In June, our household name and model of the moment Cara Delevingne hit the big screen starring in her first movie: Paper Towns.
Caitlyn Jenner appeared for the first time on Vanity Fair’s July issue cover – shot by Annie Leibovitz – strongly supported by the Fashion world throughout. Donatella Versace was first to dress her.

Paying respect for those affected by the September 11 attacks and in order to celebrate Givenchy’s brand new flagship store, Riccardo Tisci showed his Spring/Summer 2016 collection in New York instead of Paris. The city’s skyline as backdrop, the show’s whole production was the beautiful outcome from the minds of Riccardo Tisci and Marina Abramovic, and was attended by your usual celebs and A-listers filled crowd.
However, one attendee shone among them all: Julia Roberts, who made her first appearance at a fashion show after seventeen years.

But if 2015 started as a year of welcomes, by October came some goodbyes.
Balenciaga waved farewell to Alexander Wang and welcomed Demna Gvasalia – founder of Vetements and former designer chez Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton – as its new Creative Director.
October also saw Raf Simons’ heart-braking departure from Dior and the surprise dismissal of Alber Elbaz from Lanvin after over a decade.
It was a rocky month for fashion, opening the field to speculations around who’s to come and fill two of the most wanted – but also most feared – fashion thrones.

In November we were finally able to witness the digital revolution in full swing as Olivier Rousteing’s hashtag #hmbalmainnation caused quite a stir worldwide. Once the outcome of the collaboration between high street retailer H&M and the French luxury fashion house of Balmain was launched, stir would probably only be a polite way to describe the absolute warfare that ensued in the stores. The Balmain X H&M collection – premiered in New York and simultaneously launched worldwide – exceeded all expectations.

December saw an ethical turn within the fashion industry, as France stepped up to fight the issues of anorexia: a motion was first introduced in March 2015, and then passed as a law in late December. French legislators saw this as a way of putting their foot down and taking a stand where the industry had failed. This certainly was an interesting end to a packed year, where each month and each card being turned provided us an insight into where our beloved industry may be taking us.

Thinking back of 2015 I’ve realised how often one can find themselves trudging through the year, rather than experiencing each moment of it.
The Business of Fashion recently released a series of videos asking some questions as to resume 2015; among them was: ‘what is your wish for 2016’.
A question – I believe – we’ve all asked ourselves: what do we truly wish for in the year to come?                                    The year ahead is set to be an exciting one.
With the digital revolution growing from strength to strength, we are sure to welcome new apps which will possibly change our day-to-day life completely, just as so many already have.
As retailers feel the heat from online shopping, we might see reinvestments in stores worldwide, but e-commerce is sure to have some tricks up its sleeve for us too.
Of course, we await to see what happens to the beloved Houses which at present have no Creative Director, or extremely new ones, currently working frantically to set their official debut.
However, as last year came to an end, the most common message to be sent around was a wish for peace and love or – as Anya Hindmarch stated – the hope we can all become more tolerable of one another.
This eventful year ended with way too many tragedies and uncertainty across the globe.
I would not be surprised if all our wishes for 2016 looked very similar.

On that note, we wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Original Illustration by Melissa Delteil.

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