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2009 FROM A TO Z

The most memorable fashion, beauty and celebrity style moments of the year

Taylor-Swift-Kanye-West

Photo by Getty Images

A IS FOR…ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

After Kanye West pried the microphone away from “Best Female Video” winner and former FLARE cover girl Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards in September, the 19-year-old singer proved she had more maturity and poise than the raucous rapper when she later finished her speech and gracefully accepted his blogged apology.

Balmain


 
Balmain

B IS FOR…BALMANIA

With Christophe Decarnin at the helm, Paris fashion house Balmain became the label du jour. The ultra sexy and über-expensive pieces (think $3,000 for acid wash jeans) sparked worldwide waiting lists and style-savvy stars fell under the spell as everyone from Blake Lively to Beyoncé became instant Balmain babes on parade.

Chloé


 
Chloé

Spring ’10 looks from Stella McCartney, Celine and Chloé

C IS FOR…CHLOÉ’S GIRLS

The French fashion house has been very good to its girls. Former creative director Stella McCartney has managed to bring the it-factor to everything from golf clothes for Adidas to kidswear for Gap; Celine has found its sizzle with Phoebe Philo now at the helm and, after a somewhat shaky start, current head designer Hannah MacGibbon hit her stride by injecting her own brand of cool to the collection.

Dolls


 
Dolls

D IS FOR…DOLLS

Before Jason Wu became known as the man behind Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Ball gown, he gained fame at Integrity Toys producing the high-end collectible dolls (seen left) that would later fund his fashion line. Meanwhile, Barbie feted her 50th birthday this year with gifts from master shoemaker Christian Louboutin: a pair of Barbie-pink, red-soled Louboutin pumps that were unveiled at Mattel’s special runway show during New York Fashion Week this past February, a Barbie doll and accessories collection customized by the designer and a diary filled with images of Louboutin and Barbie exploring the cobbler’s favorite things.

Eighties Revival


 
Eighties Revival

Marc Jacobs loves the 80s

E IS FOR… EIGHTIES REVIVAL

Although ’80s elements have been creeping up for years, designers decidedly declared that the decade was back this year by sending a wave of big shoulders, neon brights, oversized jackets and chunky extras down their runways.

Fashion Films


 
Fashion Films

F IS FOR… FASHION FILMS

From The September Issue to Coco Avant Chanel to Tom Ford’s A Single Man, fashionistas had plenty of opportunities to catch some major style on the silver screen. We’re hoping to see Va-Va’s pugs pick up a few Oscar nods for Matt Tyrnauer’s Valentino: The Last Emperor.

Lady Gaga


 
Lady Gaga

G IS FOR…GAGA

There’s no denying that 2009 was our December cover girl’s year. Lady Gaga’s debut album, The Fame, topped the charts, while the influence of her outrageous style could be seen on catwalks here and abroad. The pop star was even presented with the Stylemaker of the Year Award at the Accessories Council Excellence Awards in New York this fall by designer friend Marc Jacobs.

Jack McCollough Kiefer Sutherland


 
Jack McCollough Kiefer Sutherland

H IS FOR…HEAD-BUTT

It was the act of violence that reverberated throughout the entire fashion industry. Proenza Schouler designer Jack McCollough ended up in the hospital with a broken nose after Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland knocked heads with him at the MET ball’s after-party in New York this past spring. In a lucky break for Sutherland, who has a prior arrest record for drunk driving, the young designer decided not to press charges.

Kate Moss


 
Kate Moss

Kate Moss shot by Irving Penn

I IS FOR… IRVING PENN

The legendary American photographer, who revolutionized fashion photography with his cool minimalist approach continued to shoot some of the biggest names in celebrity, fashion, art and literature until just before his death in October at the age of 92.

Sienna Miller


 
Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller in her jeggings

J IS FOR…JEANS

Denim never really goes out of style, but you know it’s having a moment when the faux-pas of wearing it from head to toe is once again au courant. That, and how else can we explain the emergence of jeggings?

Michael Jackson


 
Michael Jackson

K IS FOR…KING OF POP

Millions of Michael Jackson fans were left reeling when the pop superstar died suddenly and tragically this past June. Not surprisingly, his rehearsal-footage film This Is It became the highest grossing concert film of all time but expect to see fashionettes paying homage in their own way with MJ-inspired looks like sequins, loafers and band jackets.

Live Stream


 
Live Stream

Fashion bloggers and street style photographers
Bryan Boy, Tommy Ton, Garance Doré and Scott Shuman

L IS FOR…LIVE STREAM

Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton joined the likes of Burberry, Armani and Michael Kors in streaming their spring 2010 runway shows live on the internet this past fall. The democratization of fashion was also very much apparent in the presence of a Wi-Fi-enabled army of bloggers in the front rows of fashion week shows, from tweenage sensation Tavi at Rodarte to FLARE’s own sharp shooter Tommy Ton, who sat alongside Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles at Dolce &Gabbana’s spring ’10 show.

Models


 
Models

M IS FOR…MODELS

They’re back, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Institute’s “Model as Muse” exhibition and gala this past spring proves it. A crop of fresh famous faces emerged this year, including Canada’s own Amanda Laine, Addison Gill and Kate Somers, who are strutting their way to superstardom at lightening speed.

Nina Ricci


 
Nina Ricci

A look from Nina Ricci’s Fall ’09 collection designed by Olivier Theyskens

N IS FOR…NINA RICCI

The Paris house stepped onto the high-fashion footwear scene with a selection of gravity-defying designs for fall ’09. The collection—deemed by many to be creative director Olivier Theyskens’ best—also happened to be the designer’s last. He was replaced in March by Peter Copping, formerly the women’s studio director at Louis Vuitton.

Michelle Obama


 
Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama in Isabel Toledo

O IS FOR…OBAMA

Style lovers have kept a keen eye on Michelle since her husband took office—and made history—back in February. The most fashionable first lady since Jackie O., MObama is the queen of casual chic, donning everything from J.Crew to Junya Watanabe and catapulting designers like Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo to international fame.

Lacroix


 
Lacroix

P IS FOR…PAY UP

Hard times hit haute fashion houses Christian Lacroix, Yohji Yamamoto and Escada, which all filed for bankruptcy protection this year. Fortunately, frantic searches to secure their futures ended on a happy note when a slew of new investors stepped up.

Karl Lagerfeld Tom Ford


 
Karl Lagerfeld Tom Ford

Q IS FOR…QUOTABLES

Karl Lagerfeld may be the head designer at Chanel, but this year he was perhaps best known for his “Lagerisms.” After targeting Heidi Klum (“I don’t know Heidi Klum. She was never known in France.”), he turned his attention Coco Avant Chanel star Audrey Tautou: “If it had been up to me, I would have proposed Penelope Cruz to star in the movie instead.”

The epidemic spread to Tom Ford who claimed his time at YSL was awful: “Yves and his partner, Pierre Bergé, were so difficult and…made my life such misery. Pierre and Yves were just evil. So Yves Saint Laurent doesn’t exist for me.” Ouch.

Whitney Port Tamara Mellon


 
Whitney Port Tamara Mellon

The City’s Whitney Port with Jimmy Choo
designer Tamara Mellon in H&M

R IS FOR…RECESSIONISTA

Out with over-the-top glitz and shoes worth one month’s rent. 2009 was definitely the year of the Recessionista, that style-savvy girl with one eye on her bank account and the other on the lookout for fabulous bargain finds. A-list labels like Alexander Wang, Rodarte and Jimmy Choo got in on the game with cheap ‘n chic collaborations for big mall brands.

Shoulders


 
Shoulders

Fall ’09 looks from Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana and Karl Lagerfeld

S IS FOR…SHOULDERS

In a sea of one-shoulder gowns and sharp-shouldered jackets à la Balmain, it was clear that there was nothing cold about the shoulder this year. Ranging from extreme and ear-brushing to sexy and sculpted, bold shoulders led the way as ’80s-style power dressing made its comeback.

Twitter


 
Twitter

T IS FOR…TWITTER

Back in 2008, tweeting was for the birds. Fast-forward one year, and the social-networking site has turned micro-blogging into the TMI medium of choice.

Ungaro


 
Ungaro

U IS FOR…UNGARO

In case you’re unfamiliar with the hot mess that is Emanuel Ungaro, here’s the background story: After floating for several years, the storied Paris fashion house appointed young phenom Esteban Cortazar (above left) as creative director. The marriage, sadly, was not to last because of one woman: Lindsay Lohan. The starlet turned self-bronzer entrepreneur came on board as “artistic advisor”, tag-teaming with little-known Spanish designer Estrella Archs to present their spring 2010 show this past October. The hastily thrown-together collection, however, quickly descended into an ’80s-gone-wrong mess complete with too-tight pants and sequined pasties. From “cheesy and outdated” to outright “horrible,” the fashitarian dubbed Lilo a disaster. Emanuel Ungaro himself said he’s “furious” and regretted that the fashion house is “in the process of losing its soul.” Pauvre Emanuel…

V IS FOR…VAMPIRES

With the ever-growing popularity of Twilight , True Blood and newbie TV show The Vampire Diaries, there was no burying our obsession with the undead this year.

Wild Things


 
Wild Things

W IS FOR…WILD THINGS

If Spike Jonze’s film rendition of the classic story Where The Wild Things Are tapped into your sartorial subconscious this year, chances are there was something fashionably furry to be snapped up at a store near you. From sexy stoles to neon coats, the runways were positively crawling with fur and several retailers, including Urban Outfitters and Opening Ceremony (shown) even created collections inspired by the flick.

X-Posure


 
X-Posure

A lingerie look from Louis Vuitton and model Daisy Lowe working her gams

X IS FOR…X-POSURE

No pants? No problem! With Lady Gaga leading the way, we’ll all be bare-legged by 2010. Of course, no pants is not for everyone, and designers proved you can still show some skin in style with the lingerie-inspired dressing (think boudoir-ready bustiers for night and sexy lace details for day).

Young Designers


 
Young Designers

Alexander Wang with Erin Wasson, Jason Wu with Diane Kruger and Leighton Meester and Rachel McAdams in Altuzarra.

Y IS FOR…YOUNG GUNS

Fashion wunderkinds including Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Joseph Altuzarra proved to be the industry’s brightest stars this year. Critically acclaimed and internationally known, the design darlings are also all under 30.

Zippers


 
Zippers

Denis Gagnon for Aldo

Z IS FOR…ZIPPERS

Tough times call for tough fashion, and designers delivered with heaps of heavy hardware. Edgy zipper details topped the list of must-have metals, along with haute-meets-hardcore studs, spikes and rivets.

Photos: Getty Images (acceptance speech), Keystone Press (Head-butt), George Pimentel (Tom Ford), PR Photos (Michael Jackson, Blake Lively), Anthea Simms (backstage beauty, front-row and runway), Sipa Press (Diane Kruger).

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