NEW YORK — Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on — and consumers respond to — isbuzz.
Here are the top moments of 2012 that made our heads turn:
Angelina Jolie at the Oscars: The leg that peeked out of the high thigh-high slit of her Versace gown was the most exciting appearance on the red carpet. Thegown fit perfectly into the sleek, simple, sexy mold that Jolie favors, but it was Jolie’s picture-perfect pose to expose just enough thigh that launched a thousand memes. Her companion Brad Pitt gets an honorable mention for his scruffy appearance in a Chanel fragrance ad that left many scratching their heads.
Michelle Obama and Ann Romney’s matching hues: The wives of the presidential candidates turned out to the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in practically the same shade of hot pink. But they weren’t by the same designer: Romney’s was by Oscar de la Renta, and Obama’s by MichaelKors. A potential matching prom dress-style embarrassment was chalked up to timing: October’s breast cancer awareness month.
Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton show: Many of the designer runways seemed more of the same — stark stages, thumping music and audiences distracted bytheir electronic gadgets — but the Louis Vuitton fall catwalk in Paris commanded attention. Models dressed in their very best traveling clothes stepped off a reconstructed retro steam train. Valets carried the vintage-inspired hat boxes and vanity cases. The trip seemed refreshingly refined and modern.
Two-tone Stella McCartney dresses: McCartney, no stranger to the red carpet, has created a style that celebrities can’t get enough of. Her ultra-flattering “silhouette” dress has become almost ubiquitous. It features one color on the bodice and back, and a graphic opposite on the sides and sleeves. Kate Winslet has worn several versions, and Brooklyn Decker, Kate Moss, Edie Falco and Liv Tyler have, too. The best turn might have been Jane Fonda at the Cannes FilmFestival.