The Year in Fashion: Sad farewells and exciting arrivals
There was a lot of movement in the fashion world in 2015 and not all of it was forward. For every crowning achievement, there is a Miley Cyrus.
Deal Diva Stephanie Hayes already gave us her view on the trends that could keep going or stay in 2015. We cosign all of that, and then some.
Now, let's take a look back at some of the biggest fashion news of the year from Tampa Bay to Paris. Hopefully, there's a lesson to be learned from all this.
Red carpet domination of Lupita N'yongo
Bursting onto the world fashion stage in your 30s is no easy feat, but Academy Award-winning actress Lupita N'yongo has managed to slay every appearance on the red carpet from January to December. In the ultimate show of force (pun intended), N'yongo killed her co-stars in red capetry on the press tour for Star Wars: The Force Awakens though her lovely visage never appears in the film. (Her character was CGI.) Take that, you Disney princesses!
Kimberly Hendrix loses battle with cancer
Local designer and fashion week supporter Kimberly Hendrix died in March after battling cancer, leaving behind two children and countless fans who will miss her exuberant style.
Tampa Bay Fashion Week goes on show-less
For the first time in years, Tampa Bay Fashion Week went on without a finale runway show. The alternative, a trunk show at Tampa's International Plaza Mall, was met with mixed reactions.
Donna Karan retires
After 31 years atop the American fashion industry, Donna Karan retired in June causing her line to be suspended indefinitely. Fans of DKNY, her company's off-shoot, can still look forward to new designs since ownership brought on Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne to take over the brand.
Rihanna wins Met Gala
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Lanvin ousts Alber Elbaz
In a year full of break-ups, this had to be the least expected. Alber Elbaz, widely regarded as the savior of the French fashion house, Lanvin, was unceremoniously dumped this Fall. He hasn't announced a new gig yet, but it seems likely he'll be back in 2016.
Naked is the new back: sheer gowns had a renaissance
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The white and gold dress broke the internet
People lost their minds this February trying to suss out if a dress in a picture was white and gold or black blue. Yep, that really happened folks.
The triumphant return of Lady Gaga
In February, entertainment types were talking about the demise of Lady GaGa, musician/fashion savant, but by October they were eating those words. Gaga pivoted a successful role on American Horror Story: Hotel into a fashion reboot, taking on the red carpets of the world with grand dame style and pop star carriage. It was to die.
H&M X Balmain
The next big fashion collaboration for the fast fashion retailer just happened to feature the Kardashian-clan go to, Balmain. The line met mixed reviews but still managed to sell like hotcakes.
Gender neutral is the new black
Designers from Gucci to Ellen DeGeneres hopped on the gender fluid train straight to flower print tuxedos and structured pink moto-jackets. It was all very let the children be free -- if you've got $200 to do that sort of thing.
And those are our big takeaways from the year in fashion. Let us know what you think defined 2015 in the comments.