It’s been a whirlwind year so to help narrow it down to the most-talked about topics, best dressed and hottest gossip; we’ve rounded up the top 10 stories of 2015.
Royal News: The Birth Of Princess Charlotte
The Princes Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, otherwise titled as Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born to parents Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on May 2, 2015 at St Mary’s Hospital, London. Sibling to the adorable Prince George, the Princess wore the same lace christening gown that George had worn in 2013 for her christening on July 5th at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Kate recently released 2 images of the beautiful royal baby last month to the public, just before her first Christmas.
The Rise Of The Next Generation Of Supermodels
The stunning best friend duo, referred to as their fans and themselves as ‘Kengi’ appear to be completely taking over the fashion world. Not only are the two almost-related (through ex – step parents) but they are also flying their way through many international Vogue covers, leading campaigns alone (Kendall for Calvin Klein, Estée Lauder and Fendi – Gigi for Maybelline, Tom Ford and Versace), and runways together as two of the most sought after models in the world right now. Both just 20 years old and both from famously wealthy families (The Kardashian’s for Kendall and Yolanda Foster from Real Housewives of Beverley Hills for Gigi); they both have a huge Instagram fan base with nearly 50 million followers between them. The pair received their wings for the first time last month after both being cast for the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, as well as participating in several runway shows together during the September 2015 fashion weeks.
Winner of the most memeorable red carpet looks: Rihanna
Starting back in February, Rihanna arrived to the 57th annual Grammy Awards in a dress by Giambatista Valli before slipping into a sophisticated black suit for a performance alongside Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Rihanna again opted for the androgynous look when she wore a tuxedo suit by Giorgio Armani in gold at the 2015 BET Awards when introducing her new music video. Then swapping her sartorial style for optimum Hollywood glamour at the Daily Front Row Fashion in Los Angeles Awards, RiRi wore a sequin Moschino coat with a black fur collar. Last but not least, the dress that paused the fashion world; attending the Met Gala, Rihanna wore a dress by Guo Pei that was handmade single-handedly by one Chinese woman. We’ve got some serious wardrobe envy…
The Matter of Make-Up: Out With The Contour And In With The Strobing
Say hello to the make-up highlighting technique that’s kicking out the contour from beauty bags. Kim Kardashian introduced the contour to us earlier this year but of course not everyone has a full time glam squad to help them! The endless shading and blending is far too much hassle for the average everyday make-up routine so here’s as simpler solution. Strategically highlighting your face will create a fresh, dewy look with a natural glow.
Welcoming Caitlyn Jenner
Revealing herself to the world as the cover star of Vanity Fair’s July edition, titled ‘Call Me Caitlyn’ was the previously known Bruce Jenner after her gender change. The former Olympic champion athlete and father to 6 children performed a heartfelt speech during her award acceptance of the ‘Arthur Ashe Courage Award’ at the ESPY awards. Now with her own reality show ‘I Am Cait’, the star is on a mission to help and raise awareness for the transgender community across the world.
The Exhibition That Rocked The Fashion World: Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty
A retrospective of the work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen was the most popular show ever staged at the Victoria and Albert museum with more than 480,000 tickets being sold for Savage Beauty. A theatrical, fantasy and eerie tour into the great mind of Alexander McQueen was delivered on a £3m budget which is more than this museum has ever spent on a show before. The vast demand for the show meant opening times had almost a 24 hour availability, closing at 5.30am before the museum reopened at 8am. The show featured McQueen’s creations starting from his days as a degree show sensation straight through to being a globally worshipped designer and brand.
Taking over the World – Taylor Swift Style
We should have guessed 2015 was going to be the year for Taylor Swift given she entered it during a confetti-filled performance in NYC’s Times Square. The leading lady and princess of the pop world was recently named as the youngest woman ever to make it onto the prestigious Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, owning five platinum albums and seven Grammy awards with a net worth of £127m. Not to mention her high-profile relationship with DJ and face of Emporio Armani’s underwear campaign, Calvin Harris. The singer somehow still manages to balance her time with friends, aka ‘Squad’; which just happens to include some of the most powerful and not to mention hottest females: Selena Gomez, Jaime King and Blake Lively as well as a hoard of Victoria’s Secret models: Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt, Gigi Hadid and Lily Aldridge who have all joined her either on her ‘Bad Blood’ music video or on stage at some point during her 1989 world tour. Where do we join?!
Fashion Week’s memorable moments
Actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson turned Fashion Week as we know it, on its head when they stepped back into character as Derek Zoolander and Hansel to close Valentino’s AW15 show at Paris Fashion Week. Moving with the times into the age of social media; Dolce & Gabbana let real life meet the runway. During their SS16 show in Milan, the models took selfies as they strutted down the runway which was then projected onto screens in the venue. Finally, there’s been an important movement in the modelling industry of accepting new shapes and sizes on the runway which became clear during the SS16 fashion weeks in September. The stereotypical, statuesque runway model may be a thing of the past with supermodel sisters like Gigi and Bella Hadid encouraging curves on the catwalk.
The Celebrity Baby Boom
It’s been a wonderful year for babies in the celebrity stratosphere; starting back in April with the birth of Silas Randall Timberlake to parents Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake. In May, British actress Kiera Knightley & James Righton welcomed their baby girl Edie Righton into the world closely followed by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie hunter who had a baby boy Christopher Cumberbatch. Just in time for Christmas, Kim Kardashian West & Kanye West had their first son, named Saint West. We can’t wait to see super cute pictures of all these toddling tiny tots in the New Year!
The Film Blockbuster: The Return Of Star Wars
Exciting times await for the fans of the Jedi as the highly anticipated return of Star Wars was released on December 18th after more than 10 years since the release of the franchise’s last installment. The story is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi in 1983. The Walt Disney Company is a distributor of the film and has provided an extensive marketing campaign in line with the buzz surrounding the film. It is expected to break box office records with projected profits exceeding $1 billion.
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