2014 has come and gone and what a year it was. As the end of the year approached, we started to reflect on the biggest moments, events and trends that rocked the fashion industry in 2014. It was a year where wearable tech became real, normcore was considered a fashion trend and where we lost one of the true masters of design – Oscar De La Renta. So before we embrace all that 2015 has to offer, we are taking a look back at the biggest fashion moments of 2014.
1. The Trends
Normcore, the most googled fashion word of 2014, became a fully fleged trend in 2014. Those of you wondering what exactly normcore is… it’s basically something that shouldn’t be a trend, and this is why it was so unexpected. Normcore refers to dressing in nondescript clothing and is viewed as a way of shunning fashions constantly changing trends. But in 2014 it became a trend itself, so that begs the question… How long will a trend that shouldn’t be a trend last?
Wearable technology became real in 2014. There’s was the launch of the Apple watch, the MICA bracelets that Opening Ceremony developed with Intel and the Google Glass. Which one will you be wearing?
Return of the Cape
Capes were everywhere in 2014 and we loved it. Burberry brought them back and the fashion world soon followed. Jia Collection is no exception. We’ve brought back our phenomenally popular Robin cape. It’s now available for pre-order on our website. Trust us when we say this is one piece you need in your wardrobe.
2. The Fashion Stars
2014 was definitely the year of Lupita Nyong’o. She won every top accolade the movie world has to offer and outshone every other star on the red carpet on her way to doing so.
Taylor Swift really came into her own this year. Every single one of her looks knocked it out of the park, and so a fashion starlet was truly born.
Blakc Lively can do no wrong when it comes to fashion and 2014 was no different. She is one of the most stylish women in Hollywood (did you see her at Cannes??) and even when pregnant she is still impossibly chic. She is definitely well on her way to winning the title of the most stylish pregnant celebrity ever.
3. The Goodbyes
Oscar De La Renta
The fashion world lost a true fashion genius in October 2014. Oscar De La Renta had an unbelievable understanding of the female silhouette and his designs have been worn by royalty, first ladies and celebrities alike.
Princess Diana, the current and former Queens of Spain, the Queen of the Netherlands, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeline of Sweden, as well as Crown Princess Marie-Chantel of Greece were just some of his royal fans. He also created pieces for every First Lady since Jackie Kennedy, and throughout his career his designs were worn countless celebrities.
The fashion world lost another designer in 2014, L’Wren Scott (pictured center). L’Wren’s designs were also a favourite with celebrities and the fashion pack, with superstars like Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie having worn her designs.
The fashion industry lost another major figure this year, and it’s probably one that not many people will be familiar with. As the course director of the fashion MA program at London’s Central Saint Martins, most of Louise Wilson’s work took place behind the scenes. However, in the fashion world she was at least as influential as Oscar De La Renta, having taught a number of remarkable designers, including Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Mary Katrantzou, and the late great Alexander McQueen.
Although not a fashion designer or educator, Joan Rivers had a major influence in the fashion world through her red carpet interviews and extremely popular TV programme Fashion Police. She is credited with coining the term “Who are you wearing?” and starting the multi-million dollar red carpet business.
What were the biggest fashion moments of 2014 for you?