Personally, 2016 has been a “blah” year for me creative-wise. I lost inspiration and there were not too many tasteful trends out. As a farewell and good riddance to the iconic, yet bizarre year I have made a definitive list of 2016’s prime trendsetters who made the year somewhat bearable.
5. Kendall Jenner
Oh Kendall, how you have blessed us with your sexy, yet simple aura. Personally, Kendall’s style has taught me that less is in fact, more. Whether she is out on a night around town with the beautiful Gigi Hadid and striking Cara Delevingne, or simply running errands, Kendall is always runway ready. The most important thing about Kendall’s simplicity is that she goes against the grain of the average celebrity flashy- look. She embraces her natural features which truly compliment each and every one of her outfits. This is why I believe that Kendall is the epitome of a regular young woman in her 20’s trying to enjoy the best years of her life comfortably. She does not wear her pieces, the pieces wear her.
4. Kanye West
With one of the most notable trendsetters of the past decade, Kim Kardashian by his side, Mr. West changed the game in 2016.The Yeezy 2016 Fall Collection shed light on nudes and earth-tones and surprisingly, brought it back to life. I admire Kanye for his realization that there are so many different kinds of nudes for all different skin tones. While many may call his catchy vision on clothing “hobo-chic,” we all must agree that numbers don’t lie. His attempt to bring awareness of diversity into the high fashion world is beyond astute and eye- opening to many other legendary fashion designers. A design that I am positive will roll into 2017 all the way to summer is his unique calfskin sock- boots. Kanye has been a big winner in 2016 and I am certain that he will gain even more success in 2017.
3. Bella Hadid
Bella is the enigma of hollywood that we don’t always see. Her fierce, dark, and mesmerizing look lures us in and we can’t get enough of it! She is a figure that is imitated often but never duplicated. What I admire most about her look is that she keeps a nice balance. What I mean by balance is that she has a striking face and a strong- attention grabbing love for dark clothing. Most people just let one or the other take lead, but Bella dominates both aspects of her look and owns it along with her piercing baby blues.
With her rebellious and funky style, Queen Rih really showed us what she was all about in 2016. Due to her magical fashion- sense, her collaboration with Puma, was one of the top shoes of 2016! My favorite project of hers is the I-CON-IC RihannaxManoloBlahnik collaboration. The denim thigh- high belted boots are 100% goals. The boots itself is the only explanation there needs to be for her ranking and I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeves for 2017!
1. Olivier Rousteing
Over the past two years, Balmain has played a major role in my personal style. Olivier curated so many timeless pieces this year, that will make Balmain one of the most legendary, and respectable brands of all- time. In 2016, the Balmain brand seemed to focus on cool versus warmer tones. His spring collection consisted of a plethora of earthier tones and softer fabrics while the fall collection was bold and cold with rougher fabrication of blues and blacks. His style pushed me to break free from my walls of comfort and experiment. Balmain is a true work of art, which I feel like many designers today are losing sight of; instead they just make the most outrageous pieces that are unwearable and clearly have no true meaning. Balmain is quickly up and coming, and I feel so blessed to witness the amazing revival of this brand over the past few years and more to come in the new year.
All-in-all, I think that 2016 has been a pretty stagnant year for the world of fashion. Sales are dropping, and people are losing sight for their passion. I really hope that 2017 will be a year for me as well as you guys, to shine in our love for this art. The list that I have made is 100% my opinion and I am sure some of you will disagree and thats okay! I am by no means a professional, just a fashion enthusiast like all of you reading. Discussion and debate is what ignites the creativity. Feel free to add your own personal tweaks to my list or make your own to share:) I love you guys so much and I hope 2017 is good to all of us.