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January Fashion Recap

Posted on February 05 2016

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The first 31 days of 2016 has set the tone for the rest of the year in a stylish, upbeat, and unexpected way. We loved what we saw on runways and took comfort in the bold colors and comebacks of some of our 2015 fashion favorites. We are falling in love with 2016 and its potential and promises of more glitz and glam, innovation, and unexpected trends.


If you have not kept a tab on the pulse of the fashion industry - have no fear we are here. From celebrities launching products in Hong Kong to a progressive creative direction from our favorite designer brands; the beginning of a new year has never looked so good. This January recap aims to ensure you keep your finger on the pulse of the world fashion for the next couple of months.

Taylor Swift launches a brand new fashion line during Hong Kong Fashion Week.

Taylor Swift is a force to be reckoned. She’s won 11 American Music Awards, 7 Grammy Awards, and 6 Country Music Association Awards. Swift is also the only female artist to ever have an album earn more than $1 million in the first week of its release. The 26-year-old pop music icon has been hinting about a big fashion reveal since June 2015. We got to see what the buzz was all about in January 2016.


Swift unveiled a new fashion line of apparel for teens that is trendy, a bit awkward, and stylish. The collection features sweatshirts, crop tops, sporty chic dresses, and dungarees. The bold prints of plaid and stripes are modern and edgy. Hong Kong Fashion Week welcomed the release of the line and fans all over the world watched in envy as only China gets immediate access. The apparel features her name and signature lyrics from some of her most popular songs.


Owned by Nashville-based company Heritage 66, this new line came under fire as the collection is named after Swift’s popular album “1989”. Though the date is meant to refer to her birth year, it also happens to be the year of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square crackdown.


What’s worse is that some of the T-shirts in the line feature the date along with Swift’s initials “TS” which could also stand for “Tiananmen Square”. The “Shake It Up” star was conspicuous in her absence as her clothing line was modelled at the annual fashion week in Hong Kong. Also missing were any fashion apparel featuring the controversial “1989” logo. According to Heritage 66, her brand is being well-accepted in Hong Kong, and is touted to be a “hit in China”. Early sales figures have been characterized as “phenomenal”.


The singers fans on Twitter remain on the fence and are undecided about Swift’s brand, with some fans vowing to buy every article in the collection, while others bemoan the fact that the clothes look like they have been made with just “scissors and glue” in hand.


taylor swift fashion line

Vogue maven Grace Coddington retires as creative director - sort of.

Having spent an illustrious three decades as the Creative Director at Vogue, 74-year-old Grace Coddington is a legend in the fashion business. Finally ready to branch out and take on external projects, Coddington has revealed that she was stepping down from her position at Vogue, effective immediately in January. Instead of playing an integral role in the publication’s day-to-day activities, Coddington plans to carry on as the creative director-at-large for the brand covering various projects within the brand beyond publication.


Her new position provides her with more time and creative space needed to take on projects outside the publication for the very first time in the last 30 years. Though Coddington has stepped down, Vogue is not looking to her replace her just yet. She has been contracted to produce at least four more editorial spreads for the magazine in 2016. She also enjoys an office space complete with an assistant at Vogue’s NYC headquarters. Coddington has already begun working on other fashion and style projects and is currently developing a fragrance with Comme des Garçons.

Louis Vuitton’s Kim Jones works with artist Ohmaki Shinji to light up the runway.

Style Director of Menswear for Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones, has designed menswear for various high fashion brands including Topshop and Dunhill prior to being snatched up by Vuitton. 


Planning for the January 2016 new men’s presentation for Louis Vuitton began as early as May 2015 and it was everything that the fashion world could have hoped for. Designed to be a celebration of everything that is Paris, the catwalk was illuminated by a stainless steel cloud of light created by Japanese artist Ohmaki Shinji. The undulating cloud was set to move to the rhythm and beats of an electronic soundtrack created by Bruce Gilbert of the art punk band, Wire. Marking Jones’ 5th year at Vuitton, the catwalk delivered a brand new LV pattern in the form of an all-black Monogram Eclipse. See the runway here.

Chanel Haute Couture takes an eco-friendly turn.

Known as one of the most iconic designers in the fashion industry today, Karl Lagerfeld is the creative director for Chanel and Fendi. His Chanel collection revealed during the Spring 2016 Haute Couture in Paris was dominated by a waste-not-want-not ethos. It was interesting, full of texture, and progressive. Prior to the unveiling of the collection, Lagerfeld spoke about his eco-inspiration, recycling, as well as reusing elements such as paper.


The theme of the event was light and shiny with every article of clothing designed to celebrate the beauty of nature and usher in an age of couture eco-consciousness. The venue of the grand Palais des Champs-Élysées was transformed into a giant Chanel-esque doll’s house. The luxury fashion house also featured top models Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Edie Campbell, and Gigi Hadid modelling the best of Chanel’s latest creations.


Chanel houte couture

SAG 2016 attendees shine in high-fashion during the red carpet event.

From Laverne Cox, actress from Orange is the New Black, in a flowy crimson dress to Sarah Hyland, actress from Modern Family in a blue strapless gown every celebrity that graced the red carpet of the SAG awards in January 2016 turned the 22nd annual award night into a high-fashion red carpet event unexpedly - and we loved it.


Trumbo star Helen Mirren stole the night in a figure-hugging silver gown designed by Jenny Packham. Nicole Kidman showed up in a sequined gown by Gucci, Julianne Moore rocked a lime green Givenchy, while Emilia Clarke, actress from Game of Thrones, sizzled in a plunging hot pink number by Dior.


The woman of the night was Brie Larson who dazzled in an haute couture Atelier Versace sky blue cut-out gown with a pair of Roger Vivier heels. After winning in her category (Best Actress Award for her role in Room), Larson stole hearts by kicking off her heels and donning a pair of portable L’Oreal Rollasole flats that were being dispensed from an on-site vending machine at the People and EIF SAG Awards party - sexy and convenient comfort is something we all should welcome this year.  

Fashion meets music as Stella McCartney reveals her pre-fall line in Los Angeles.

Designer Stella McCartney released her “fur-free fur” autumn 2016 collection in Los Angeles in memorable fashion. The launch was held at Hollywood’s landmark Amoeba Music store as models flitted in and out between the rows of music CDs to show off the coats and jackets in McCartney’s collection. The outerwear was decorated with leopard and tiger prints and plenty of cat motifs thrown in.


Famous for creating apparel in neutral color palettes, McCartney did not disappoint with designs that featured cream and earthy shades mixed in smidgens of orange, pink, and indigo. The launch drew big names in Hollywood including  Katy Perry, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Anjelica Huston.

President Barack Obama named the winner in the Most Stylish Men in Politics Category by BGFN.

Born in Honolulu, Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America, and the first President of African-American descent. Be Global Fashion Network (BGFN) magazine named the President number one on the list of Most Stylish Men in the Politics Category in  January 2016.


The “Obama suit” is pretty much the President’s fashionable uniform. His suit style is a single-breasted suit jacket with two buttons, a single pleated pant with cuffs of an inch and a quarter. Made of a blend of cashmere and wool, this suit has become his trademark over the years of his presidency. The list of the top three was rounded off with Vladimir Putin sitting at number 2 followed by King Philippe of Belgium at number 3.


Obama in a suit

Donatella Versace launches an Athletic Couture collection in Paris.

From shoulder baring tops complete with racer backs to stylish tracksuit bottoms, Donatella Versace’s Athletic Couture collection focuses on the whole woman and reveals a focused and dynamic active wear inspired line during Paris’s haute couture show in January 2016.


“Couture is not about the past, it is a living tradition”, commented the maven after making a departure from the traditional full-length gowns that is a trademark of haute couture shows. According to the Versace design team a single crochet dress took more than one month to complete.

Barbie undergoes “the most dramatic change (Mattel has) ever made.”

Mattel acknowledged that women and young girls are not all the same size and shape. The acknowledgement is lovely, inspiring, and interesting. Reflecting this much-needed change in attitude, Barbie dolls now come in tall, petite, and curvy shapes.


According to the toy maker, the new Barbie is available in four body types, 7 skin tones and features 24 hairstyles with 22 eye colors. It is the toy manufacturer's first attempt to being more inclusive and the Barbie brand says that they “have to let girls know it doesn’t matter what shape you come in, that anything is possible.”


These changes have come about after years of criticism stating that Mattel produce dolls with unrealistic proportions and thereby reinforced a standard of beauty and perfection that is impossible for young and teenaged girls to meet. Mattel plans to release the first of these inclusive dolls by March 1, 2016, with further rollouts taking place throughout the year.


barbie dolls in different shapes and sizes

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