As we bid farewell to the end of the year and 2010 is fast approaching we thought it would only be fair to share with you some of the biggest fashion moments from 2009.
Michelle Obama's inauguration day outfits, designed by Isabel Toledo (day dress suit) and Jason Wu (evening gown), caught the attention of the fashion world. Obama has since donned a number of fashion-forward outfits, which has propelled her onto a number of best-dressed lists and has helped launch the career of Jason Wu.
This month marked the beginning of a new era at POP magazine, as Dasha Zhukova was appointed as the new editor-in-chief, replacing Katie Grand, who set off to start new fashion bible LOVE.
We will be remembering this month as 'Hayek Wedding' month, given that Ms Hayekfinally tied the knot with Francois-Henri Pinault in a lavish ceremony. The bride waltzed down the aisle in that Balenciaga creation (complete with diamond-encrusted bodice). The masquerade ball-inspired ceremony was witnessed by a star-studded congregation, which even saw ex-French president Jacques Chirac in attendance.
New York city welcomed a new era as Topshop, with the help of Kate Moss, launched its debut store stateside, much to the excitement of its legions of celebrity fans.
The 28th May became known as 'Burberry Day', as the luxury Brit label opened its first New York HQ, complete with 5-foot-tall letters illuminating the New York skyline. On a different note, legendary designer Giorgio Armani was unexpectedly diagnosed with a case of hepatitis but has since made a speedy recovery.
The achingly cool presenter and our favourite style crush, Alexa Chung, landed her very own television show, "It's On With Alexa Chung", on MTV US. The show, filled with celebrity and music talk and viewer interaction, takes the celeb world by storm. Sadly, that month also saw the tragic and untimely death of King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Our favourite - well, one of our favourite - Brazilian models, Gisele Bundchen, announced that she was expecting her first child with her new sports star hubby, Tom Brady.
Arguably the most powerful and influential editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, made a very rare appearance on national television, when she went on the David Letterman show and agreed to be interviewed by the eponymous presenter/talk-show host. Wintour's appearance saw viewer ratings soar and proved that fascination with her is far from waning.
This was undoubtedly the most fashion-packed month. First up was Nick Knight's SHOWstudio, for which Somerset House opened-up its doors to the public to exhibit portraits shot by the photographer, as well as inviting us to watch live photoshoots in the Live Studio, with the likes of Natalia Vodianova.
Then came the worldwide shopping extravaganza that was Fashion's Night Out, for which celebrities and the fashion-savvy members of the general public rubbed shoulders while they shopped, and did their bit to help stimulate the global economy. The initiative was such a success that a second Fashion's Night Out has already been included in the 2010 fashion calendar. And as if the project had not brought enough publicity for Ms Wintour, the release of The September Issue - the documentary and behind-the-scenes footage of the way in which Vogue's annual biggest issue is put together, further netted Wintour and Co immeasurable numbers of column inches.
To round off the month, London played host to the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week and proved that it was still the fashion (forward) capital of the world. To prove this, the likes of Burberry and Matthew Williamson opted to return home to show their Spring/Summer 2010 collections - and we couldn't have been more delighted. The icing on the cake was that Burberry acted as leader of the pack in being the first to offer the general public 'front-row seats' to their shows via live online streaming.
Two well-known labels lost their founders this month. Joe Corre of sexy lingerie brand Agent Provocateur made a surprising departure from the brand, having decided to focus on new challenges. Martin Margiela of the eponymous fashion house Maison Martin Margiela also quietly left the brand, and in the process said goodbye to the rights in his own name.
Other (fashion house) changes this month, included the appointment of Lindsay Lohan for Ungaro, as artistic adviser to Estrella Archs, and Megan Fox being named as the new face of Armani, taking over from Victoria Beckham. Perhaps, we can expect ad campaigns featuring Megan Fox and Mr Beckham, instead? Watch this space.
The eagerly anticipated Jimmy Choo for H&M collection (featuring a plethora of leather and suede goodies), finally hit the stores, much to our delight.
Though our excitement soon fizzled, when we heard of the death of the 20-year-old South Korean model Daul Kim, who allegedly committed suicide in her apartment in Paris. Details surrounding her death are yet to be confirmed fully.
Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy's collection for Target's Go International range finally hit the rails. As expected, the duo's debut diffusion-esque line was an instant hit and sold out immediately, leaving the less fortunate shoppers with no choice but to bid for the items on eBay, at up to double their original price in some instances.
On a different note, V magazine decided to break its usual mould by dedicating an entire issue to plus-size models with the 'plus-size' issue, featuring the likes of Crystal Renn. Let's hope this is the beginning of the future.
Last but not least, we felt we had to mention Lady Gaga. She has continued her bid for world domination with aplomb over the past 12 months and in the process has managed to secure herself a serious cult following and international success. With her Monster Ball Tour fully underway since 27th November 2009, expect to see and hear Lady Gaga in a town near you anytime up until 19th May 2010.