After a quick break over Christmas, it's time to reflect. Wow, we sound like yoga-instructors.
2011 has been a pretty big year, fashion-wise. We fell in love with Kate Middleton. Kanye West decided it would be a good idea for him to start designing (it wasn't). Dior got a new head designer (again, not a particularly good idea). There was a collection of dresses made out of cheese. FASHION MUSINGS WAS BORN! And lots more interesting things happened. Here's a look at the people who we particularly loved in 2011.
This lovely young lady has the cutest face in the world and might be new to the fashion world, but she's already won us over...
YES YOU, HAILEE STEINFELD!
And it's not just us who are in love with her - the people at Miu Miu must be pretty crazy about her too:
Napping in a heap of glittery heels? THAT IS WHAT WE DREAM ABOUT EVERY NIGHT! Obviously there is a bit of Inception weirdness happening right here...
This girl has looked stunning (absolutely STUNNING) for literally the whole year. Which is an extremely difficult thing to do, when you consider how tempting the comfiness of trackies are in comparison to ball-gowns. AND THE WINNER IS...TAYLOR SWIFT!
Don't look so surprised Taylor, you have looked absolutely amazing in 2011!
Not only are her dresses always (ALWAYS) amazing but her hair and makeup are always absolutely perfect!
On a side note, it is really easy to find photos of celebrities looking surprised.
Okay, we spoke too soon and we couldn't find a photo of Mila Kunis looking surprised. So...umm...here is another photo of Taylor Swift looking surprised:
Let's just ignore the awkwardness of the speech she gave with Justin Timberlake at the MTV Movie Awards and concentrate on the fact that she is extremely pretty:
Queen of Crazy:
Sorry Gaga,this year someone else took things to a new level...
We think that is a surprised expression? We don't know...picture time:
A NEW LEVEL OF CRAZY, THAT IS!
This is probably our favourite photo of 2011 EVER.
NO WAIT. THIS IS OUR FAVOURITE PHOTO. Whoever decided to sit Anna Wintour next to Nicki Minaj is a GENIUS.
No, we did not just create this category because we wanted to feature Emma Watson in this post. In our defense, there are a lot of famous Emma's. Emma Roberts. Emma Stone. Emma...Watson.
OKAY THE WINNER IS EMMA WATSON!
And this year, Emma put her amazing face to good work, starring in the Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose fragrance ad:
SHE IS SO PRETTY! In case you were wondering, as we discovered today, that perfume smells REALLY GOOD!
BEST DRESSED OF THE MEN-MEN-MEN-MEN-MANLY-MEN-MEN-MEN:
Looking suave, Ryan. Very, very suave.
PERSON OF THE YEAR:
There is absolutely no doubt that Kate Middleton was one of the most talked about royals- scratch that, PEOPLE, of 2011. Forget her marrying the loveable Will, forget her crazy weight loss (actually don’t) it was her FASHION (as it should be) which was obviously much much much much more headline-worthy. Not only did she stun the world in her Alexander McQueen wedding dress:
But she also brought to light a few designers that weren’t so famous, and are now ridiculously famous, particularly during her travels to Canada and multiple charity visits.
Though I have to say I’m pretty sure everyone’s favourite was this Alexander McQueen gown she wore to the the British Academy of Film and Television Arts "Brits to Watch" event: 2012 will mark the first anniversary of Kate Middleton’s rise to fame; let’s just hope she can keep us just as delighted as we have been this year! WE LOVE YOU, DUCHESS!
FAVOURITE RUNWAY SHOWS:
We know we should be being positive and optimistic about the new year BUT we absolutely HAVE to mention a few things we did see this year which we will hope and pray and hope a little more that we NEVER have to see in 2012. OR EVER AGAIN.
Turbans: Unless you’re Rachel Zoe, hell, even if you’re Rachel Zoe, turbans are simply not the go. Unintentional rhyming is fun-fun.
Animal Hats: Same sort of thing as the turbans. I mean, they’re kind of cute but… maybe save them for the confines of your home eh?
Feather Extensions: If you’re an ancient Myan, well then please disregard this message, but if you are not and have feather extensions in your hair, please please please take the nearest sharp implement and cut it off.
BUT DON'T INJURE YOURSELF BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU, DEAR READER. Tights as Pants: Yeah… no.
We did not 'get jegged' in 2011, and we do not plan on ever jegging it up. Booty Shorts: If your shorts sound like they belong in a T-Pain song, that's when you know there is something wrong.
And because we want you to have a great NYE, we are deviating back to loveliness:
Wow, this is a long post, but then again it has been a rather busy year!
And before we finish things off, we'd like to thank you! 2011 has been the first year for Fashion Musings. The blogosphere is a tough world for a newbie but your support has really helped us feel loved! Ngaawww!
We hope you have a fantastic NYE (do not watch the movie, it is aaaaawful!) and all the best for 2012!
2011's Billboard Music Awards featured no meat dresses - disappointing, I know. But there were still some interesting fashion choices on the red carpet, some were interesting...ly bad.
Rihanna wears Max Azria:
Even with that crazy Ronald McDonald-esque hair, Rihanna is still one of the most beautiful women in the music industry.
I think I've proved my point.
The Max Azria suit was a strange choice for a red-carpet event but I have to admit (even though I'm no fan of women wearing suits when they could be wearing lovely dresses)the white of the suit did contrast well with her fiery locks. Congrats to Rihanna for winning the Female Artist of the Year Award and for wearing lovely Louboutin heels.
Taylor Swift wears Elie Saab:
Taylor Swift won A LOT of awards. Seriously, A LOT. She would totally be that kid that makes everyone feel inferior at presentation/graduation night. Anyhoo, Taylor looked very lovely in a sequined gown by Elie Saab - sequined gowns have pretty much become the uniform for Taylor Swift at every single red carpet event. I would tell her to mix it up a little, but hey, she looks fantastic so whatevs.
Selena Gomez wears Dolce & Gabbana:
Selena looks nice but..is it just me, or is the fit a little off? Should the cut-out be a little higher? Should I be studying right now? Why did Justin Bieber feel the need to wear a gold suit-jacket? Ahh so many questions, but I guess we'll never know the answers.
Nick Minaj wears Mark Fast:
Nicki Minaj looks very happy. Which makes me think, maybe if I had a bubble-gum pink wig and a Mark Fast catsuit, maybe I would be very smiley too. But probably not, because then judgemental people would be looking at me thinking 'my goodness, is she wearing a bubble-gum pink wig and a Mark Fast catsuit. Shame'. Judgemental people, like me. God, I hate catsuits.
But then again, this is Nicki Minaj and I do have a bit of a soft spot for her kookiness.
Keri Hilson wears Rachel Roy:
This is lovely- very 70's chic. I love the contrast of the yellow with the teal and pink nails. Colourful but not OTT.
Beyonce wears Lavin:
Beyonce wore this rather tame but still very pretty Lanvin number. Or maybe I just think it is tame in comparison to the costume she changed into:
Kesha wears Jad Ghanour:
I refuse to spell 'Kesha' with that unncessary dollar-sign. I will not! And speaking of unneccessary...
Tulle, sparkles, cut-outs - I don't know if your mother ever told you this but there is such thing as TOO MUCH, Kesha.
Kesha in this dress makes me think of Blake Lively in that gorgeous Zuhair Murad dress. But like, a drunken, Vegas version.
If some of these outfits made your eyes feel like they were being assaulted, well, consider this my apology:
... a flashback to what has arguably been the prettiest dress ever featured in Gossip Girl. Or maybe just the prettiest dress ever made.
Is it just me, or were 2010's Billboard Music Awards more exciting in the fashion stakes?
Where were the soldier costumes and novelty moustaches? Where were the meat dresses? Where were the...umm...what is it that Rihanna is trying to be?