Yearender 2023: Celebrating 15 most memorable fashion moments of this year

| Updated: 11 December, 2023 7:00 pm IST

NEW DELHI: As the curtains draw on another year, it’s time to reflect on the ever-evolving tapestry of fashion that has woven its way through the seasons. From runways to streets, 2023 has been a canvas of innovation, nostalgia, and unexpected twists in the realm of style.

1. Nicole Kidman- The Met Gala

Beyond the mere glamour, the Met Gala serves as a platform for storytelling through ensembles. Nicole Kidman, with her choice of gown, may have narrated one of the most captivating tales of the night. The actress graced the event in the same Chanel couture gown she wore in 2004 for the iconic Chanel No. 5 fragrance advert directed by Baz Luhrmann.

2. Anne Hathaway- The Met Gala

Witnessing fashion houses pay homage to each other is a delightful spectacle, and this year’s Met Gala theme provided ample opportunities for such creative gestures. Anne Hathaway’s ensemble stands out as one of the favorites—a harmonious blend of Versace and Chanel. The actress donned a floor-length, monochrome, tweed gown adorned with Versace safety pins, creating a seamless fusion of two iconic brands.

3. Cara Delevingne- Oscars

Cara Delevingne’s Met Gala appearance has captured the collective approval of the internet. In a sea of guests opting for white or black, Delevingne boldly chose a deep, romantic red. The oversized rose detail at her shoulder, though striking, avoids overpowering the ensemble—a common pitfall with floral adornments. The draping of her gown at the hip evokes the drama of curtains parting at a play, creating a spotlight effect on her leg, centre stage. This look serves as a powerful reminder that Cara Delevingne isn’t just a fashion icon but a true supermodel, commanding attention with an undeniable presence and a face card that never declines.

4. Tems- Oscar

Tems donned an avant-garde hooded gown by Lever Couture, enveloping her in a mesmerising trail of smoke. This unique dress, designed to captivate from every perspective, featured tulle delicately embracing her, creating an enchanting and ethereal presence.

5. Michelle Yeoh- Oscar

Michelle Yeoh effortlessly transforms on the red carpet, defying a static aesthetic for her Oscars campaign. Unafraid to experiment and reinvent, she embraces a dynamic style. Tonight, she graced the event in a Dior Couture gown, resembling a wearable cloud, paired with a tiara-like headband for an angelic touch. The ensemble invokes childhood fantasies of grown-up glamour. Yeoh, making history in this attire, challenges industry misconceptions about age and primes. This dress, embodying a childhood dream fulfilled, solidifies her Oscars moment as a testament to her timeless elegance and fearless approach to personal expression.\

6. Malala Yousafzai- Oscar

Making her Oscars debut as an executive producer for the short film “Stranger at the Gate,” Malala Yousafzai graced the red carpet in a silver sequined Ralph Lauren hooded gown, setting an exceptionally high standard as one of the first arrivals. The garment exudes timeless power, perfectly complementing Yousafzai’s formidable presence. As an educational activist, she proves to be an indomitable force, particularly when adorned in the resplendent allure of glistening sequins.

7. Cardi B- Grammy

Cardi B, a master of red carpet entrances, continues to stun in a cobalt blue Gaurav Gupta gown featuring a sculptural hood and intricate detailing. The dress, a testament to Gupta’s artistry, complements Cardi’s bold style. The sculptural hood adds a touch of avant-garde flair, enhancing her signature glamorous look. Accentuating the ensemble, Cardi B dons eye-catching dangling earrings, adding a touch of drama to her overall appearance.

8. Zendaya- NMACC

Zendaya, reigning supreme on red carpets, once again showcased her style prowess at the NMACC India In Fashion Gala. The star radiated elegance in a stunning saree from Rahul Mishra’s runway collection. Her midnight blue pre-draped ensemble adorned with shimmering stars and floral patterns exuded a celestial charm. The pallu, resembling a trailing train, added a touch of grace to her entrance. Zendaya paired the saree with an embellished gold bralette blouse, Bulgari bracelet, rings, and black heels, creating a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

9. Gigi Hadid- NMACC

 

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For the second day of the NMACC Gala, Gigi Hadid made a stunning statement in a bespoke saree by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. Her ensemble included a gold jeweled blouse paired with a white Chikankari saree. The drape showcased intricate gold patti borders and boasted a daring thigh-high slit on one side, adding a contemporary twist to the traditional attire. Gigi’s look was completed with a polished sleek bun, adorned with stacked gold bangles that added a touch of opulence.

10. Sonam Kapoor- NMACC

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Stepping into the NMACC launch, Sonam Kapoor graced the occasion in a couture saree crafted by JJ Valaya. Her ensemble featured a captivating floral print in red and beige, elegantly draped and adorned with an embellished fabric belt. Adding a touch of regality, she paired it with a beige brocade-embroidered cape jacket, boasting long sleeves and a front slit for a modern twist. To accentuate the ensemble, Sonam adorned herself with a stylish choker, matching earrings, rings, and bracelets.

11. Alia Bhatt- Jio World Plaza

 

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In a remarkable fashion evolution, Alia Bhatt elevated her style by wearing a Gaurav Gupta Couture ensemble. Embracing sophistication, she donned a captivating black floor-sweeping gown. The gown, characterised by a corset-fitted top, was adorned with Gaurav Gupta’s distinctive swirl patterns, adding a touch of artistic flair to the ensemble.

12. Rekha- Vogue Arabia

Rekha, an iconic and esteemed figure in Bollywood, adorned the cover of the July/August 2023 issue of Vogue Arabia. Renowned for her graceful saree ensembles, the Vogue cover captivated the world as Rekha showcased her style in a stunning deep red velvet gown. Later, she transformed into an exquisite ebony saree adorned with lavish gold accents. The outfits featured in this issue left a lasting impression, standing out as some of the most remarkable fashion choices of the year.

13. Taylor Swift- Eras Tours

Taylor Swift who was also the Person of the Year according to Time magazine stunned the audience at her Eras tour in a beautiful lilac gown for her enchanted song. The bridal company Nicole + Felicia Couture designed the dress, especially for the singer for the tour which started which started in March and is set to conclude in Decmber of next year. The dress which is adorned with crystals is nothing short of that of what you might see in a fairytale.

14. Natile Portman- Cannes

Natalie Portman donned a meticulously adorned ivory strapless gown for an event. The dress, intricately beaded and boasting a layered skirt reminiscent of a fan of eyeless peacock feathers, draws inspiration from the Junon dress that Christian Dior crafted for his 1949-1950 autumn/winter collection. Named after the Ancient Roman goddess, Juno, who was the wife of Jupiter and the patron goddess of Rome, the gown pays homage to Dior’s historical design. While the original Junon dress, created by Christian Dior, is not currently on public display, it holds a significant place in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute collection.

15. Margot Robbie- Barbie Press Tour

Margot Robbie showcased her most glamorous Barbie-inspired look during the tour, dazzling in a black custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown. For the Los Angeles premiere of the highly-anticipated film, the actress donned a design reminiscent of the doll’s iconic ‘Solo in the Spotlight’ look from 1960. The ensemble featured a glittering strapless dress adorned with a tulle hem and a red rose accent. Paired with matching opera gloves and a sheer handkerchief, Robbie exuded timeless elegance. Completing her red-carpet ensemble, she adorned a Lorraine Schwartz diamond choker necklace, embraced a bold red lip, and styled her hair in a sleek updo.

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