The former Kate Middleton’s pick

The best and worst from the year of fashion and design Rob Ford included

From Miley Cyrus’s twerkwear and Zaha Hadid’s superyacht to rapper designer bromances and the largest shoe department in Canada, 2013 was studded with poignant departures, thrilling debuts, sheer excess and sublime restraint when it came to fashion and design. Globe Style sifts through the retail deals and Google Glass, faux fur onesies and foam fingers to recap the 12 months that were (even Rob Ford gets a mention!)

Kate vs. Kim, maternity wear division

The Duchess of Cambridge went head to head (or posy print to posy print) with wannabe princess Kim Kardashian in the battle for floral fake louis bag pregnancy frock supremacy this year. The former Kate Middleton’s pick, a silk Erdem number worn to a school visit in April, was busier than her usual understated ensembles, but it had nothing on the bloomin’ Givenchy rose garden photo print piece that Kardashian squeezed into for the Met Ball in May. The ultimate winner: the Duchess. Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags Hers didn’t come with matching gloves or, as many a fashion blogger noted , resemble a chintz chesterfield.

Story continues below advertisementWhile the invasion of this country’s malls Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica and main streets by foreign retailers from Target to Mulberry redefined the buying landscape, it was Canadian department stores that made the biggest plays for shopper attention cheap louis vuitton bags from china in 2013. Hudson’s Bay cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk both sealed its deal to buy swanky Saks Fifth Avenue (which it intends to bring north in the not to distant future) and opened the largest women’s shoe department in Canada at its Toronto flagship (think 95,000 plus pairs). For its part, Holt Renfrew debuted its off price HR2 concept and announced a revamp of Ogilvy in Montreal.

Model of the year

Edmonton native Grace Mahary, who made her mark on the modeling biz during the spring 2013 season, went on to walk too many A list catwalks to Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags count this year. Representative of her star power was her turn at Prabal Gurung during the last round of shows, when she worked a black dress covered in crystal brooches with signature poise and sophistication.

Comings and goings

In an age and industry marked by look at me showiness, the maturity and restraint that 30 year old Alexander Wang displayed in his first two collections for Balenciaga were refreshing. Although his affinity for street style is well established, Wang signalled that he isn’t going to reinvent the august brand overnight, but rather evolve it gradually at his own pace and in his own way.

Before Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton was simply a purveyor of luxury leather goods. Over his 15 year tenure, however, the maison became a ready to wear powerhouse, showcasing both the designer’s vast creativity and its own savoir faire. In October, Jacobs delivered his swan song for LV with an all black, showgirls themed runway extravaganza, but his imprint on the brand will remain indelible.

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As if Burberry’s chief creative director didn’t already have enough responsibility, Christopher Bailey was also named the iconic British label’s CEO this fall; he will succeed Angela Ahrendts, who departs for Apple in the spring. This type of creative/financial double duty, largely unheard of in fashion, has no blueprint to go with it. If Bailey’s appointment was widely discussed, his first year on both jobs should keep tongues wagging well into 2014 and beyond.

Best in shows

The crowd lucky enough to have witnessed Rick Owens’s step dance runway spectacle in September could be forgiven for paying more attention to the non models’ impressive footwork (and facial gestures) than the draped and contoured activewear.

For Chanel’s fall/winter 2013 collection, Karl Lagerfeld envisioned a gargantuan rotating globe pinpricked with illuminated flags marking every one of the company’s 300 plus boutiques, confirming (for those who didn’t already suspect it) that his goal is nothing short of world domination.

It’s rare for a designer high quality designer replica handbags wholesale to share the spotlight during a show, but Dries van Noten did just that when he shone one literally on Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood, who played bass guitar during his spring/summer 2014 presentation. Reinforcing the friendly, informal vibe, the models remained in place after their final walk, allowing guests to get close to and snap pictures of the lushly detailed collection.

Pattern of the year

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Over the decades, fashion designers have riffed on a wide range of references, both high and low. aaa replica designer handbags This year’s Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags standout reinterpretation, which falls in the Where have I seen that before? department: Pheobe Philo’s elevation of dime store laundry bag weaves into glamorous Cline must haves. Talk about effective brainwashing.

Object of desire

Unveiled at Milan’s Salone del Mobile in April, industrial designer Konstantin Grcic’s Medici chair for the Italian furniture maker Mattiazzi is an impressive feat of geometry Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags , as mesmerizingly angular as it is inviting. Its Renaissance namesakes would have approved.

Blue period

Although Pantone decreed Emerald the colour of the year, the one that really deserved the title was Yves Klein Blue. During New replica louis vuitton York Fashion Week, both Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang showed cartoonishly oversized fur mittens at their fall shows. But it was the designer Jeremy Scott, Moschino’s recently appointed creative director, who pushed this micro trend the furthest for his eponymous line, sending the model Lindsey Wixson down the runway in a Yeti inspired faux fur onesie complete with hood and tail.

Musical man muses

Cher has Bob Mackie to create her touring duds. Madonna tapped Gaultier to memorable effect. This year, though, it was male singing stars who formed the most fruitful relationships with designers. For his outr wardrobe on the Yeezus Tour, Kanye West partnered with Maison Martin Margiela, which provided the rapper dilettante with his printed trousers, embroidered jackets and jewel encrusted masks. Toronto born Drake, meanwhile, hooked up with Italo Zucchelli, the men’s creative director at Calvin Klein, who reinterpreted several of the replica designer handbags label’s spring 2014 street wear inspired looks for his Would You Like a Tour show. Most impressive, however cheap louis vuitton bags from china , were the 600 exquisitely tailored pieces Tom Ford supplied for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience, which saw JT, his dancers and his backing band in sync stylistically.

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