How does a pop star with a decades-old career stay relevant? By constant reinvention of course. Céline Dion, who was arguably the biggest fashion phoenix of 2019, emerged out of the *ahem* Ashes this year to show us that she still got it.
The fact that Jennifer Lopez brought back that very same Versace dress she wore in year 2000 that led to the creation of Google Images, can’t be more 2019 if it tried.
2019 is/was the year Billy Porter buckled the old fashioned notion that men have to stay in their lane and stick to formulaic suits on the red carpet. Here is a man who wasn’t afraid to have fun with fashion and we’re all better for it.
Speaking of men who are eschewing gender norms in the spotlight, Harry Styles joined the ranks of his androgynous brothers in 2019, most notably at the Met Gala where he wore lace and pearls.
Timothée Chalamet is high on that list too. Though only 23, Chalamet’s fluid sartorial game will set the tone for many in his generation.
Jonathan Van Ness’s open embrace of his sexuality and experimentation on “women’s” clothing will continue to have positive ripple effects long after the new decade begins.
Expectation: Cardi B to slay her Paris Fashion Week looks. Reality: Cardi B’s Richard Quinn outfit sparked conversations regarding France’s controversial ban on religious headgear.
Last year, Fenty Beauty changed the beauty industry with her first 40, now 50-shade foundation range. With the help of LVMH, Rihanna dove headfirst into high fashion in 2019 with Fenty, an inclusive label that caters to and flatters women above size UK 8.
Cindy Crawford’s lookalike daughter Kaia Gerber was the model of the year, having walked all the major runways, from Chanel to Prada. She’s seen here paying homage to the OG, by recreating her mother’s iconic VMA 1992 look on her 18th birthday.
Kim Kardashian West is known to go viral for many reasons. This vintage Thierry Mugler creation was no different, except that knockoffs appeared on Fashion Nova in less than a day. West quelled rumours that she was in cahoots with the e-tailer.
After her black catsuit was banned at the 2018 French Open, Serena Williams returned with a vengeance. With the aid of Virgil Abloh and Nike, Williams wore a striped ensemble labelled “Champion”, “Queen”, and “Mother”. And that’s how it’s done.
Channelling her Sex and the City persona in one of the most memorable ad campaigns of 2019, Sarah Jessica Parker heralded the return of Fendi’s signature shoulder bag, the Baguette, which icon status she helped cement in the show’s heyday.
Fashion’s biggest moments aren’t always on the red carpet. Katie Holmes’s support of emerging label Khaite put the actor-director’s style portfolio back on fashion editors’s maps.
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