Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Top Moments in Fashion for 2014

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Top Moments in Fashion for 2014

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From the runway to the red carpet, Lupita to de la Renta, the fashion world was filled with fabulous styles, some celebrations and somber farewells in 2014. There were some trends we'll never forget - and ones we'd like to - plus a few fresh takes on technology and fashion design that are apt to stick with us well into 2015.

In no particular order, here's one last look at the year's top moments in fashion:

Red carpet royalty: Silver screen starlet Lupita Nyong'o of "12 Years a Slave" catapulted to fashion fame this year. There was the vibrant red Ralph Lauren cape dress at the Golden Globe Awards, a Gucci column gown in turquoise with embellished neckline at the SAG Awards and the pale blue pleated Prada dress with plunging neckline at the Oscars. Her taste was flawless (well, except for that netted feathered get-up she attempted for the Met gala), and in a short time she went from one of Vogue's style stars to watch to the magazine's cover in July.

Gone too soon: Fashion said goodbye to several of its most famous forces, leaving the industry simultaneously shocked and saddened on too many occasions. In March, the body of designer L'Wren Scott was discovered hanging by a scarf in her Chelsea apartment in Manhattan. She had struggled with bouts of depression. Sorrow struck again in September when comedian and E! "Fashion Police" co- host Joan Rivers died following complications from a minor throat procedure at an outpatient Manhattan clinic. The next month, designer Oscar de la Renta succumbed to cancer. His pre-fall 2015 collection, the final one he worked on, was previewed earlier this month.

Runway remix: Catwalks filled with models showing off a designer's latest looks - so 2013! This year was all about rethinking how fashion is featured on the runway. Some of the most innovative efforts at New York Fashion Week in September included a one-act play by Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill in which performers wore pieces by New York label Opening Ceremony and a "4D" spectacle on a lake in Central Park, where footage of models wearing Ralph Lauren's Polo collection was projected onto a fountain, making it appear as though the models were walking on water. …

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