Lisa Tant looks back on a stylish 2009 in fashion

Some of 2009’s hits (and misses) that caught my attention

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Photo by Anthea Simms

Most Stylish

Without question, the year’s couture crown goes to Lady Gaga. I love her fearless choices – flame-shooting bras, lace masks and claw boots. Gorgeous! Her Flare cover – December 2009 – is one of my all-time favourites.

Michelle Obama

On the flip side, my other favourite new fashion love is the US First Lady. She’s not a fashion snob and mixes her J. Crew with Azzedine Alaia and Jason Wu like a pro. I only hope that she inspires the same from other world leaders.

Runway Moment

Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 runway spectacle in Paris left me speechless. I was mesmerized by the car sized cameras roaming the catwalk that attempted to live stream his show via the Web. And his fashion statement gave me the shivers – a fierce alien beauty clothed in exquisite nature-inspired prints with the most brilliant hoof type boots. It was simply one of the best shows I’d ever seen.

Runway Location

Trust Karl Lagerfeld to raise the bar when it comes to staging theatrical fashion shows. His Chanel resort show in May was held on the world famous Lido Beach in Venice. The runway was a boardwalk, the front row sat in deck chairs and the after-party was staged on the most glamourous terrace in Northern Italy. The heels of the shoes were shaped like gondolas, the hair was fashioned into hats and terry beach blankets were capes – the whole production was absolutely breathtaking.

The Year’s Best Trend

Call me crazy but I was thrilled to see shoulder pads return. I suffered through the seasons of baby doll dresses with big wedge heels. Who looks sophisticated in that get-up? I love love love the powerful edge of a structured jacket (shoulder pads essential), bold necklace, and a studded high-heeled boot.

The Rise of Street Style

Bloggers armed with cameras stormed the fashion scene. I love seeing real girls in great clothes but, unfortunately, most of these shutterbugs only aim their lens at models and fashion editors during the international runway circuit. That got tired very quickly for me. I still enjoy Scott Schuman’s blog, The Sartorialist, for his beautifully framed and curated shots of super stylish people without bold face names.

Best Fashionable Flick

It’s only fitting that a film produced and directed by a fashion designer – Tom Ford for A Single Man – should be one of the year’s most beautifully costumed. Colin Firth’s glasses and tailored suits transformed him from a rom-com shlub into a sophisticate. Julianne Moore’s glam hair, makeup and vintage gown perfectly suited her character’s tragic life. Loved it!

Worst Fashion Flick

While I’m sure the teens behind me in the theatre would disagree – they shrieked every time a male character took his shirt off – I thought the fashion in Twilight Saga: New Moon was a joke. Yes, I know the characters are supposed to look like regular kids but the book praises vampire Alice’s fashion sense. She looked like a political wife from the late 80s when dressed up. The flash-forward scene of Edward and Bella made me laugh out loud – the clothes were simply ridiculous and detracted from the story.

Best TV Fashion

Mad Men and Gossip Girl (Although I’m sick to death of GG now and hope it goes away very soon).

Best Red Carpet Moment

Tilda Swinton in scarlet Haider Ackerman.

Worst Red Carpet Moment

The army of lookalike glamazon drones outfitted in strapless gowns with upswept hair and big jewels. Booooring. Fire your stylists and let your freak flag fly!

I’ll be back in the new year. In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter.

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