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The pretty to the ugly: 2013’s key fashion moments

First Published Dec 30 2013 08:34AM      Last Updated Dec 30 2013 08:54 am

It was a year for pixie haircuts, chunky flat shoes, bangs on our first lady and bare skin — lots of it — on movie actresses and pop stars.

Fashion always has its royalty, and this year, Kerry Washington was a queen. For real royalty, we had Kate Middleton, making the rest of us mortals feel a little better by flashing her mummy tummy.

If Kate made us feel good, Lululemon didn’t, when its chairman appeared to blame women’s bodies for problems with those popular yoga pants.

A look back at these and other key fashion moments of 2013:

Michelle’s bangs



Nobody would call bangs a new trend, but when the first lady is involved, things take on more significance. In fact, President Barack Obama actually called wife Michelle’s new hairdo the most significant event of his second inauguration. Unveiled just in time for the festivities, the ’do made enough news to have its own (unofficial) Twitter account, FirstLady’sBangs, which issued alerts like "Just got a text from Hillary Clinton’s side-part."

Queen of the runway, airwaves and everywhere else

By the time she appeared in a lovely Stella McCartney floral frock and high red leather pumps as a judge on "Project Runway," it was clear: In the realm where Hollywood meets fashion, Kerry Washington is royalty. On her hit show, "Scandal," playing professional fixer Olivia Pope, she was all professional Washington — Washington, D.C., that is — but on the red carpet, she was glamour personified. Case in point: that Marchesa gown she wore at the Emmys, all cream and white and flower appliques, fit for a queen.

Kate makes us feel great

Much has been said about the fashion sense of the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, but in 2013, it was something a bit different that caught our eye. Peeking out under her blue-and-white polka dot dress as she emerged from the hospital post-childbirth was a pronounced "mummy tummy," a normal development but something most celebrities keep under wraps until their personal trainers have whipped them back into magazine-cover shape. Thanks, Kate!

Lululemon, not so much

Remember those popular yoga pants that had the unintended effect of being see-through? Well, ladies, turns out the ongoing fabric problems with those pants, including pilling, was YOUR fault. Or rather: the fault of YOUR THIGHS. Founder and chairman Chip Wilson of Lululemon Athletica noted in a TV interview that "Frankly, some women’s bodies just actually don’t work" for the pants, because of thighs rubbing against fabric. Now Wilson just actually won’t be working as chairman of Lululemon; the company announced his resignation from the post in December.

Taking it all off

No thigh-rubbing problem for Gwyneth Paltrow, who was happy to show just how little cellulite she has when she appeared at the "Iron Man 3" premiere in a dress with sheer mesh panels on the sides, leaving little of her lower body and, er, posterior to the imagination. But we all nearly forgot about Gwyneth when we saw actress Jaimie Alexander at the "Thor" premiere, her black gown expanding the see-through effect to the midriff and upper regions. Let’s just say these actresses are saving money on underwear.

Designer moves

A Paris runway show full of mournful symbols — and lots of black — was designer Marc Jacobs’ somber goodbye to Louis Vuitton in October after 16 years in the influential post of creative director. Under Jacobs, who also has his own eponymous brand, Louis Vuitton became the most lucrative fashion house in the world, in part thanks to Jacobs’ creation of a ready-to-wear line. He was replaced by Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly at Balenciaga.

 

 

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