Remember how the internet stormed when Kim Kardashian wore the famous dress worn by Marilyn Monroe at the Met Gala? Well, that was just a few months ago it became one of the biggest fashion debates of the year.
The fashion industry had its fair share of flings, from Alessandro Michele stepping down as Gucci’s creative director to the ace designer Sabyasachi facing backlashes on his collaborations with Starbucks and social media influencer Uorfi Javed getting slammed for her outfits. Here’s a quick recap of all the controversies that happened in fashion this year.
Balenciaga issues an apology for controversial ad sexualizing kids
Balenciaga issued an apology for its controversial advertising campaign, which portrayed young children snuggling teddy bears decked up in bondage gear. The kids photographed by Gabriele Galimberti were made public as part of the Balenciaga Gift Shop campaign, which sparked immediate and harsh criticism.
The "problematic" campaign was also raising concerns about the appropriateness of the images. Amid backlashes, the brand ambassador Kim Kardashian re-evaluated her relationship with the luxury fashion house. To stretch the mishap even more, the Business of Fashion (BoF) issued a statement to not include the brand’s creative director and fashion designer Demna in the Global VOICES Award ceremony, 2022.
Besides all the backlashes, the brand was also trolled for launching some highly expensive and unusual products like a trash bag worth Rs. 1.5 Lakh, shoelace-inspired earrings for 20k and bottle slippers and Lays chips bag.
Alessandro Michele steps down as Gucci’s creative director
Italian designer Alessandro Michele left Gucci, where he has overseen a surge in sales at the fashion powerhouse since 2015 but has seen his star fade in recent seasons. The Roman designer had an enormously successful nearly eight-year run as a creative director that reversed the fortunes of the Italian heritage label and changed the look of fashion.
Raf Simons puts down a shutter on his eponymous label after 27 years
The eponymous label of Belgian designer Raf Simons is closing after 27 years in the fashion industry. The brand’s spring-summer 2023 collection shown in London in October will be its last, leaving his imprints on the fashion industry that makes references to his career spanning three decades. Simons' career as a designer and his enormous influence on the fashion business continues despite the closure of his namesake label. Since 2020, he has served as Prada's co-creative director, and he will continue to do so.
Kim Kardashian accused for damaging the iconic Marilyn Monroe dress at the Met Gala 2022
Curated by Jean Louis and originally sketched by Bob Mackie, the iconic dress was the most expensive creation when it was sold at an auction in 1999 for $1.26 million USD, then again in 2016 for a whopping $ 4.6 million USD. The fashion mogul, Kim landed in troubled waters for having caused alleged damage to Marilyn Monroe’s 60-year-old haute couture gown that she wore in 1962 to sing ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ to John. F. Kennedy.
The reality TV star was reported to might have caused damage to the original piece. The images viral over the internet of the damage that occurred to the dazzling beaded gown post worn by the beauty mogul. From the photos circulating online, it’s quite visible that the fabric has been stressed at the seam of the zip line and a few crystals have either gone missing or are being hung by the thread.
Deepika Padukone’s brand 82°E launches two products and gets criticism for their high prices
Deepika Padukone’s new skincare brand which she launched recently, unveiled two products the moisturizer named 'Aswagandha Bounce' and sunscreen drops ‘Patchouli Glow'. After the launch, it's got flak over the internet for the prices.
The anonymous Instagram fashion page ‘Diet Sabya’ commented on the launch of the products and said, “In a land of Hudas, Kylies, and Goops this is a pretty lacklustre launch. Like where is the build-up? Doing an abstract skincare/wellness launch in 2022 is giving boring. It’s giving Pinterest circa 2015”. The price of the sunscreen is Rs 1,800, while the moisturizer is Rs 2,700. Anonymous fashion police called out the actress' brand for having a vague launch.
Netizens slam Emma Chamberlain for wearing Maharaja of Patiala’s Cartier choker at MET Gala 2022
Thanks #cartier. Those are the jewels of the Maharaja of Patiala. That’s a piece of India’s stolen history, not a fancy piece of jewellery to lend out to celebrities. Disrespectful on so many levels. pic.twitter.com/KhK5LPexaj
— Shriya Zamindar (@shriyazamindar) May 7, 2022
Internet flooded with harsh criticisms, saying worst Kim Kardashian wearing that iconic Marilyn Monroe gown, social media sensation Emma Chamberlain wore Cartier’s diamond choker at the red carpet of Met Gala that once belonged to the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh! With this piece holding a high sentimental and historic value, netizens expressed displeasure with the fact that it was given to a celebrity to flaunt.
Ace designer Sabyasachi gets trolled on his new collab with Starbucks India
Starbucks India x Sabyasachi, released on April 12 as an exclusive to India, is a line of drinkware, consisting of ceramic cups and steel tumblers. They all bear the signature Toile de Jouy flora and fauna art prints from his Art Foundation. Moments after the announcement, the internet tribe reacted to this ‘piping hot’ collaboration with some ‘Double Expresso shot’ comments. While some called the collab unnecessary and expensive, others expressed curiosity and excitement about this whole concept.
Urfi Javed gets trolled for her eccentric fashion sense
Bigg Boss OTT’s former contestant Urfi Javed had been in news quite this year for reasons other than her eccentric fashion sensibilities. In November, Chetan Bhagat said the actress distracts the youth with her quirky and bold reels on Instagram. While criticizing Chetan for his words, Urfi also shared screenshots of WhatsApp messages. Other than that, Urfi was trolled by Chahat Khanna, and Farah Ali Khan with snide comments which she replied with savage comments on Instagram. In March, Urfi got into a heated argument with security guards outside the office building of a media house, wherein she was invited for an interview. Upon being denied entry inside the building, Urfi lost her cool and was seen schooling the guards and the management team for their inappropriate behavior. This viral video has been doing rounds on the internet and caught the attention of the jewellery designer who made remarks on her fashion sensibilities.
Fashion designer Prathyusha Garimella found dead in her apartment in Hyderabad
Fashion designer Prathyusha Garimella was found dead under suspicious circumstances in her home in Banjara Hills today afternoon on June 11, 2022. Prathyusha was an ace designer whose clothes several celebs used to wear. She was 35 years old and stayed in a house in Film Nagar in the Banjara Hills locality.
The fashion industry saw a lot this year, yet it continues to serve us with a lot more happenings in the future!