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A surprising 2013
by Cheong Phin

HITS AND MISSES: From Jennifer Lawrence's tumble at the Oscars to the shocking departure of Marc Jacobs from Louis Vuitton and the reinvention of teen sensation Miley Cyrus, 2013 has been a momentous year of stars making headlines in style. Cheong Phin reflects on the most talked about moments of the year.


As always, the year began with the film awards season in Hollywood and the red carpet became centre stage for the hottest stars of stage, screen and television to shine in their designer outfits and high-end jewellery. This year, all eyes were on Hollywood's favourite new generation actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, who dazzled all the way to their Oscar wins.

Hathaway displayed an understated glamour and elegance in carefully picked fashion choices that included Burberry, Valentino and Prada, while Lawrence fulfilled her role as the face of Miss Dior by wearing nothing but Dior Couture by Raf Simons at every awards show. The Silver Linings Playbook actress sparked a flurry of reports of a possible wardrobe malfunction when she lifted her midnight blue couture dress at the SAG awards and a few weeks later, took a tumble on the stairs in her most elegant Dior gown on her way up to accept the Best Actress Academy Award.


It was another year of musical chairs in the world of fashion as departures and new appointments were announced. On the final day of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, Marc Jacobs officially parted ways with French luxury house Louis Vuitton after months of rumours and speculations. The American designer, who famously transformed the leather goods brand into a major fashion label in the past 16 years, staged a spectacular farewell by paying homage to the many women who had influenced him and restaging some of his most memorable shows for Louis Vuitton in black, including the fountain and carousel. Former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere was recently named his successor.

Elsewhere, Emma Hill bade farewell to Mulberry while Stuart Vevers left Spanish luxury brand Loewe for American accessory brand Coach and was swiftly replaced by Brit designer JW Anderson. Meanwhile, Jil Sander leaves her namesake label for the third time in a decade with no imminent replacement and Michelle Obama's favourite designer, Jason Wu, was named artistic director of Hugo Boss womenswear.


Between Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian, dressing the baby bump has never been more keenly watched by celebrity fashion followers. The Duchess of Cambridge stuck to her stylish feminine ways in a range of classic jersey dresses, including a printed Max Mara wrap dress, while Kardashian went wild with skintight dresses, leather skirts and peplum trousers. Post-baby Middleton caused a sartorial frenzy by showing her "mummy tummy" in a blue polka dot dress by Jenny Packham that crashed the designer's website.


Move over Lady Gaga, it's the year of teen star Miley Cyrus. She broke boundaries in pop culture with her sex-charged performances on stage and twerking in a skimpy nude bikini at the MTV Video Music Awards as well as sporting a foam hand, a constantly stuck out tongue and vulgar gestures. All being said, MTV named her artiste of the year.

readers' comments

One thing's for sure ... Miley's one is protruding ... Jim's one is not.
Posted by patfong00 on Mon, 30 Dec 2013 at 09:03 AM

One thing in common, both thick skin and crazy daring....:D
Posted by davteo5 on Sun, 29 Dec 2013 at 19:05 PM
eh ...jim carrey is rather odd choice ...hehe

Posted by jameslee58 on Sun, 29 Dec 2013 at 19:03 PM
Posted by davteo5 on Sun, 29 Dec 2013 at 15:10 PM
miley looks like justin bieber
Posted by jameslee58 on Sun, 29 Dec 2013 at 15:00 PM

This one...:D
Posted by davteo5 on Sun, 29 Dec 2013 at 14:58 PM
Yup, we never look at a teddy bear the same ever again after Miley.
Posted by mystrawberry on Sun, 29 Dec 2013 at 13:33 PM

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