Rihanna because the Pope
This yr’s religiously-themed Met Gala was all the time going to be controversial however Rihanna blew away the competitors when she arrived dressed as a cardinal, sporting a hat borrowed from Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. Different best-dressed stars included Blake Energetic, and the “holy trinity” of Jared Leto, Lana Del Rey and Gucci designer Alessandro Michele.
Meghan Markle turns into a royal
Meghan Markle’s Givenchy marriage ceremony robe was the only most anticipated vogue merchandise of 2018 – it was additionally one of the crucial divisive. Since becoming a member of the royal household, the Duchess of Sussex has grow to be a world vogue pressure, with the “Meghan impact” altering the fortunes of designers she wears, equivalent to Sydney’s Karen Gee, whose costume Meghan wore on the opening day of her and Prince Harry’s tour of Australia. This month, she made her ultimate public look of the yr on the British Style Council awards in a one-shoulder Givenchy robe that gave new which means to the phrase “maternity stylish”.
Melania Trump’s anorak
If one garment is worthy of the yr’s tone-deaf award, it’s the US First Girl’s $53 Zara anorak, which was emblazoned with, “I actually do not care, do u?”, which many interpreted as a commentary on the administration’s immigration coverage. What made it worse was Mrs Trump wore the jacket to go to youngsters held in immigration detention in Texas. The gaffe prompted one of many largest social media vogue debates of the yr, after a White Home spokeswoman tweeted the hashtag “#ItsJustAJacket”.
Adut Akech wins Karl’s (and the world’s) coronary heart
Considered one of Australia’s greatest modelling exports of the previous decade, Sudanese-born Akech, whose household lives in Adelaide, made historical past when she grew to become the primary mannequin of color to put on the bridal robe within the finale of Chanel’s Paris present. She additionally starred in Valentino’s couture week present, in addition to a number of shiny covers throughout 2018.
Julie Bishop’s ruby slippers
All the time a fan of the assertion shoe, the previous overseas minister propelled a pair of crimson pumps to the entrance pages of the nation’s newspapers when she wore them to a press convention saying her resolution to face down from cupboard after Scott Morrison’s ascent to the prime ministership.
A swimwear runway set a brand new bar for range
It is not typically that Australia leads the world in range however The Iconic’s annual swim present proved to be the happiest, most sensible runway in our nation’s historical past by displaying our bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages and skills, together with worldwide fashions Robyn Lawley and Zach Miko. It so occurred the parade got here on the heels of the Victoria’s Secret present, which champions ethnic range however was nonetheless criticised for not casting any curvy or transgender fashions.
Melissa Singer is Fairfax Media’s Deputy Way of life Editor, and Style Editor.