What’s a better way to end the year than recounting all the fashion instances that have blown our socks off for being either mind blowing or simply too ridiculous. Both on the Indian and international front, 2023 was, to borrow from the Gen Z parlance (although ’90s was still a prevalent trend throughout), giving fashion. Whether because of deliberate search or by virtue of social media algorithms, these fashion stories have permeated all of our feeds and stayed there until the next one came along to take its place. Here’s 2023 wrapped in fashion stories that made the best headlines.
Kylie’s dress featuring a giant lion head
Never not being surreal, this Daniel Roseberry-designed look was a part of Schiaparelli’s SS23 show and was his take on the lion which appears in Dante’s Inferno – the collection’s starting point. It roared.
Gaurav Gupta showcased his first-ever Haute Couture Collection, Shunya
He became the third Indian designer to showcase on the official Paris Haute Couture Week calendar. Shunya, the name of his collection combined his fashion prowess of making sculptural one-off pieces with intricate Indian embroidery.
Zendaya in Valentino at the Oscars
Valentino Garavani’s love for red roses is the stuff of legend. An ode to the man himself, this bespoke gown features 190 progressively enlarging roses. Looking back, this became Zendaya’s last appearance in Valentino before she became Louis Vuitton’s house ambassador.
Deepika Padukone attends the Oscars in Louis Vuitton
Nicola Ghesquiere designed this off-the-shoulder, old Hollywood-inspired gown to introduce India’s Best Original Song Nominee, Natu Natu, at Oscars.
Sabyasachi opens his Mumbai flagship store
Sabyasachi transformed a neoclassical structure in the Kala Ghoda area of Mumbai to his flagship store.
Zendaya and Gigi Hadid wearing saris at the launch of NMACC
While a slew of Indian and international celebrities wore Indian designers, special iconicity was reserved for Gigi Hadid’s chikankari sari and kamasutra-inspired jacket blouse, both by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, and Zendaya’s Rahul Mishra pre-draped version.
Alia Bhatt’s pearl dress at the Met Gala
Alia Bhatt’s Prabal Gurung design made headlines for its intricate deatiling and as her first Met Gala dress. It featured over 100,000 pearls that were hand -sewn on the basque waist ball gown.
Kim Kardashian’s pearl dress
Yet another invitee who played into Karl Lagerfeld’s love for pearls for Line of Beauty was Kim Kardashian whose custom-made Schiaparelli dress featured more than 50,000 fresh water pearls strung to fall loosely around her body.