A look back at the year's most stylish trending topics that had us all in awe.
Solange's Bridal Bliss
Beyonce's edgy little sister has alway skipped to the beat of her own drum, so it was no surprise that she celebrated her nuptials in an array of non-traditional bridal looks. Not only did Solange's wedding day attire break the internet––Humberto Leon for Kenzo dress, Jill for Lady Grey bracelets and Stuart Weitzman shoes–– it also broke all the rules of how a blushing bride should dress on her special day.
Back when these two lovebirds were still dating, they graced the pages of Vogue magazine in a romantic fashion spread. With Chanel Iman's modelesque allure and A$AP Rocky's cool Harlem swag, only thing hotter than the fashion was their undeniable chemistry.
Rihanna Bares It All
When Anna Wintour presented Rihanna with the 2014 CFDA Fashion Icon award the bad gal stunned us in a risque Adam Selman fishnet gown embellished with over 200,000 Swarovski crystals and matching head scarf. This modern day Josephine Baker move left us all swooning over the Bajan vixen.
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Michelle Obama's Fashion Politics
Our First Lady of style and grace brought fashion to the White house in an effort to promote education and mentorship among young fashion enthusiasts. FLOTUS had over 150 students from across the nation in the same room with the fashion industry's most respected leaders. The inspiring events of the workshop program had us glued to our twitter and instagram feeds all day.
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Lupita Nyong'o's Happy Ending
Every girl dreams of having her Cinderella moment. On the night of the 86th Academy Awards Lupita got hers. It was only fitting that she experienced her fairy-tale by billowing across the red carpet in a "Nairobi" blue Prada gown. Even better, Nyong'o's happily-ever-after ended with a golden Oscar as her Prince Charming.
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Kerry Washington's Glow
While most expecting starlets find creative ways to conceal or camouflage their impending bundle of joy, our favorite TV queen caused a bit of a scandal at the 2014 SAG awards by flaunting her baby bump in a hot pink beaded crop top custom made by Prada.
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Ciara's Gender Bender
Bending the rules of maternity style was a common theme this year. Unlike Kerry who chose to bare her baby bump, Ciara broke the mold by attending the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala in a full-on Lanvin Menswear navy blue pinstripe suit––the first woman in Lanvin history to ever wear a men’s look on the red carpet. Not only did Cici loo
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Beyoncé Steals The Show
Hip Hop's power couple gave us the best of both worlds with their long awaited "On The Run" tour. But, it was Queen B's racey wardrobe that was the real show stopper. In custom couture looks from an enviable list of high-end designers such as Givenchy, Alexander Wang, Versace, and Elie Saab it's no wonder audiences were blown away from city to city.
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North West Takes Paris
Budding fashionista North West took Paris Fashion Week by storm. In true Kanye fashion this trendy toddler sparked controversy with daring looks that defied all children-wear norms. The heir to one of pop culture's most infamous couple is sure to be setting trends and turning heads for years to come.
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Blue Ivy's Jackson Homage
When you're heir to Hip Hop royalty there are certain standards you must live up to. For a toddler that might include high status play dates, unforgettable birthday parties, and lastly epic Halloween costumes. Therefore it was only fitting that the daughter of Queen Bey dress as the King of Pop Mr. Michael Jackson for the eerie holiday, with her mother by her side as young Janet... (Mrs. Jackson if you're nasty).
His & Her Cleave Show
When you're married to a woman you've proclaimed as our generation's Marilyn Monroe it becomes a little hard to live up to her seductive hype. Which is why we give props to the controversial rapper for finding a way; he raised the stakes on sex appeal for women and challenged the rules on male sexuality. In a bold move during Paris Fashion Week, Kanye took "his & hers" to the next level by attending the Lanvin show with Kim in matching plunging necklines that showed off ample cleavage.
Nicki Minaj's "Opening" Act
Miss Nicky took the term Opening Act quite literally when she joined Arianna Grande and Jesse James on the MTV VMA stage for their hit single "Bang Bang" in a completely "open" dress. Although this was not intentional, her zipper malfunction may have been the one thing to outshine the powerhouse voices of Arianna and Jesse. We give kudos to her for conquering that performance nearly exposed without ever skipping a beat.
Quvenzhane's Rising Star
This darling up-and-comer took Hollywood by storm when she starred as Hushpuppy in Beast of The Southern Wild. Now in the wake of Wallis' lead role in the classic film, Annie, the fashion world has embraced her as well. Wallis was crowned the face of Armani Junior's Fall 2014/2015 campaign and returned again for Spring/Summer (shown here), making her the first child to be the face of a major designer.
Erykah Stands Alone
Erykah Badu has always been a style innovator, and the elite fashion crowd was finally introduced to her ingenuity the night of the 2014 Met Gala. In a red sea of ball gowns and tuxedos Ms. Badu stood out amongst the crowd in a custom Givenchy black jump suit, ivory embellished coat, and tall wide brimmed bejeweled top hat as her crown. Oversized chandelier earrings, a plethora of statement rings and a gold grill sealed her look. If The Met were a high school, than Erykah proved that she was the rebel that couldn't care less about sitting with the cool kids because she was a world of cool all her own.
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Under the Lid
There was one clear winner at the 2014 Grammy Awards: Pharrell's hat. To match his infectiously positive song Happy, he flaunted a grandiose accessory; a vintage western inspired hat by Vivienne Westwood. The hit single inspired an onslaught of mimic videos and similarly his statement hat sparked a slew of comical memes as well as a parody Twitter account (@pharellhat). Some found it weird while others found it fashion forward. Either way it left a mark on red carpet style.
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Beyoncé's Bold Cover
It's safe to say that Solange holds the title for fashion maven in the Knowles family, but when the former Editor in Chief of French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld nabbed the Queen Bey for the September cover of her CR Fashion Book it set the beyhive ablaze. Under Givenchy's Ricardo Tisci's creative direction Beyoncé posed in artsy shots including cat ears, floor length hair, a full on black sequined pink puff ball mask, a floral Yohji Yamamoto bubble cape, and most notably a Chanel surfboard. Leave it the French to give Bey's style a certain je ne sais quoi.
Rihanna is NSFW
You can call Riri many things, but prude is not one of them. The ever so daring songstress left many in awe while flipping through the pages of her jaw-dropping fashion spread in Lui magazine, coincidently it also cost her to lose one of her most followed social media accounts. Rihanna's nudity was as integral a part of the shoot as the fashion. Unfortunately posting a topless shot from her editorial to her Instagram caused her account to be disabled for violating their nudity policy. After a celebrity fueled #freethenipple campaign it took a full six months before the rihannanavy was reunited with their vivacious Admiral again.
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Kanye's Close Up
If your passion for Fashion is just as strong as your love for music you set certain goals for yourself: make groundbreaking music, win a Grammy, set trends, get acknowledged by a respected fashion magazine. Well Kanye can now cross all four goals off his list because this year GQ magazine, arguably the most distinguished men's fashion publication, shot him for their August cover. To top if off Mr. West styled himself in all clothes pulled from his own closet.
Behind The Mask
Leave it to an unruly teen to scoff at traditional wedding taboos and show up the bride wearing all white. Jaden Smith did just that when he attended the highly anticipated KIMYE wedding in an all white Balmain batman inspired costume and mask. It's rumored this fashion stunt annoyed a few of the guests but to the rest of us from the outside peering in it was sheer amusement and entertaining.
Three the Hard Way
What makes a fashion spread a triple threat: the photographer, the fashion, and the talent. Hence W magazine's Fashion Director, Edward Enningful, knew exactly what he was doing when he cast three generations of brown beauties draped in Balmain's dynamic Fall 2014 collection to be shot by Emma Summerton against a gritty black wall for their September issue. The legacy of supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman paired with the It Girl superstar Rihanna made for an epically iconic shoot.