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8 biggest moments in fashion in 2017

What got left behind and what we can look forward to

By ELLE team  December 29th, 2017

Judging by these major moments in fashion in 2017 — fur being condemned as dated and fuller models taking over the ramp — it’s clear that the business has entered its next phase. But let’s be honest, trends are cyclic, so the past is always there to remind us how we can reshape the fashions that shaped us. From the runway shutdown provided by the showman of fashion, Donatella Versace, to the death of beloved couturier Azzedine Alaïa, the fashion world has had cause for celebration and mourning this year.

But the real trends here seem to be leaning towards sustainability, inclusiveness and experimentation, with H&M offering two new promising ventures that incorporate these three principles as well as celebrities moving out of their comfort zones. 

Here were the biggest moments in fashion in 2017:

Luxury brands saying no to fur

From Michael Kors to Gucci, major luxury brands around the world announced that they would be banning the use of fur in future collections. This will come into effect from their Spring/Summer 2018 collections. Gucci has also signed up to the Fur Free Alliance, proving that sustainability is the way forward, "I don’t think it’s still modern and that’s the reason why we decided not to do that. It’s a little bit out-dated,” Gucci's president Marco Bizzarri told BOF. Jimmy Choo, which was bought over by Michael Kors, will also be going fur free in 2018.

H&M launched two new brands

The Swedish brand goes slightly high-end with their two new ventures, Arket and Nyden. Arket aims to offer essential products for men, women, children and home. Their price point will be slightly higher than H&M's core fast -fashion brand and the stores will offer products from brands not under the H&M label as well. Nyden, however, will be the company's "innovative lab" with clothes designed by influencers in L.A. This is predicted to be high-fashion for millennials in the hope of creating a brand that has multiple collaborative and limited addition lines.

Runway inclusivity

After Michael Kors told USA today it would be impossible to have plus size models on the runway because he would need that range of sizes available, Ashley Graham surprised and slayed at his Fall/Winter 2017 fashion show at NYFW. It was the first time Michael Kors had a plus size model on his runway. Kors wasn't the only designer to include more body diversity in his runway castings this season. Brands like Christian Siriano and Prabal Gurung had a mix of plus-size and regular models walk down their ramps as a statement of inclusivity. 

Versace shutting down fashion week

Versace rounded up all the legendary supermodels and got them together for an epic runway reunion, giving Milan Fashion Week its most memorable moment when Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni and Helena Christensen strutted down the runway in glittering gold. Donatella wasn't just responsible in part for defining the '90s, she's also helping revive them by bringing back the first-ever supermodels to show the young 'uns how it's done.

Beauty being more inclusive

Nothing is black and white as Rihanna's Fenty Beauty line proved with its 40 shades. The product line ranges from light to dark and everything in between. The inclusive line is a celebration of diversity and represents people of all skin tones. 

Phoebe Philo leaving Céline

The lady behind Céline's cleaner and more minimalist second life over the last 10 years announced that she would be stepping down as creative director. Even if you don't know her by name, you would know that she's the genius behind a few of Céline's hit bags, think of the Luggage Tote. 

Couturier Azzedine Alaïa's tragic death

The fashion world was thrown into mourning with the death of "the King of Cling", Azzedine Alaïa. The couturier, known for his sculpted designs, passed away in Paris due to a heart attack. His fitted dresses were a celebration of the female form and everyone from Rihanna to the Kardashians expressed the loss the fashion community had suffered at his demise.