The Best of Fashion 2015

2016 may have just started, but it wouldn’t seem right to begin the new year without at least celebrating some of our favorite things from the last one. Fashion 2015: trends, collabs and favorite moments came and went (as they always do), and we were lucky enough to have your assistance in picking out the best ones.

A couple weeks back, we posted our annual “Best of Fashion” poll for you to vote in. From the best color, beauty trend, department store, and more, your votes let us know what the best of the best was. So, without further adieu, your picks for best of fashion 2015 are:

Color : Marsala

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Roberto Cavalli SS15

Named the Color of the Year by Pantone, Marsala popped up everywhere in 2015. From the runways, to even the supermarket shelf, you couldn’t go anywhere without running into the savory shade. Marsala follows a long line of bold Pantone color’s of the year (2014 was Radiant Orchid, the year before was Emerald). Given that this year’s color is much more subtle, we’ll definitely have fond memories of Marsala.

High-Low Collaboration: Balmain X H&M

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The Balmain X H&M collaboration sold out instantly. If you were one of the individuals who were lucky enough to nab something without forking over big money to sketchy ebay sellers, then congratulations. There are many different ways designers and fast-fashion retailers can approach collaborations. Some designers muddle down their most famous runway looks while others create new looks they believe fast-fashion shoppers will enjoy more. Balmain’s Oliver Rousting’s did a little of both. The designer masterfully recreated Balmain’s aesthetic with (mostly) budget-friendly price tags, and it was quite the success.

Beauty Trend: Contour

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2015 was undoubtedly the “year of the contour.” From starting as a celebrity-driven makeup trend to gracing the face of every middle school girl, contouring took the beauty world by storm. Now, heading into 2016, there’s even more variations of this uber-popular technique (strobbing, highlighting, etc.). Needless to say, it doesn’t seem as though the look is going anywhere soon, which is good thing considering how much $$$ everybody invested in contour palettes/sticks and beauty blenders.

Accessory Trend: Bucket Bag

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Give it up to Mansur Gavriel (pictured above) for bringing back the bucket bag. Due to a lack of pockets and interior dividers, the bucket bag is extremely difficult to organize and, honestly, quite infuriating. Yet, an alarming amount of fashionistas bought one in 2015 and wore it with everything. Even if the bag is a little impractical, it’s minimalist aesthetic and versatility is pretty damn cool.

Most Creative Brand: Givenchy

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Givenchy took a bold step when it moved its FW15 fashion show to New York and opened its doors to the public. This, along with the Givenchy’s constant focus on details and innovative approach to fashion, make it a prime candidate for “most creative brand” in 2015. We look forward to seeing what else the brand’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci, has up his sleeves (ha).

Fast-Fashion Retailer: TopShop

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Hailey Baldwin for Topshop SS15 denim campaign

TopShop has been killing it lately. With stellar campaign after campaign and Instagram star/Model endorsements (ahem, Cara Delevigne, Hailey Baldwin, the Jenner sisters…), the fast-fashion brand is quickly making a name for itself stateside. Aside from having a stellar selection of merchandise, TopShop also offers cool services such as personal shopping and a student discount. U.S. brick and mortar stores are currently primarily reserved for larger, urban cities (and select Nordstroms), we look forward to seeing the brand expand in the coming years.

Department Store: Nordstrom

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Give it up to Nordstrom for always being a great place to shop. The department store, which also won a spot on our “Best of Fashion 2014” list, tends to alway be a good go-to, reliable shopping option. From its notorious anniversary sale to in-store events featuring various designers and industry insiders, Nordstrom seems to have a knack for delivering what its customers want, and we’re impressed.

Fall/Winter Trend: Chunky Knits

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Victoria Beckham FW15

FINALLY a trend that makes sense. Not only are chunky knits chic they’re also incredibly practical for those super chilly/gross winter days. These cozy pieces dominated both the FW15 runway shows and our hearts. Seriously, bless whichever designer, trend analyst, whatever, paved the way for chunky knits to be a hit.

Spring/Summer Trend: Culottes

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Theory SS15

For a trend that didn’t maybe make quite as much sense, culottes sure seemed to gain a significant amount of popularity in 2015. There were casual culottes, dressy culottes, sophisticated culottes…an endless variety. The billowy pants are somewhat confusing (both from a silhouette standpoint and practicality one). In fact, just a year ago, we named culottes as a trend to ditch. But, just like any crazy/unconventional piece of #fashun, we managed to find an affinity for them in only the way religious Vogue readers and style.com mourners can.

Did your favorite fashion 2015 moments make the cut? What were your favorite pieces, designers, trends from 2015? Let us know in the comment section below! 

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.
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