Before the clock chimes 12 and takes us into 2017, we rewind, reminisce and relive the five most outstanding instances of 2016
1. The move to instant retail gratification "Time and tide wait for no man," as Geoffrey Chaucer famously penned. Although it's certain that he wasn't referrring to the fashion retail timeline then, 2016 was the year that the industry hastened its pace. Biting the bullet were brands that showed at New York and London fashion week — with Burberry, Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger leading the charge. How it's going to pan out? Only time will tell.
2. An archival release by Vetements for the new Style.com Perhaps the most talked about brand of the year, Demna Gvasalia and crew has the industry poring over their every move — and fans obsessing over every look. Which is why the brand's re-launch of its first ever season exclusive to e-tailer Style.com had even its most loyal supporters raising questions. Why was Vetements dipping into its archives so early into its métier? The thing is, fashion hardly needs yet another discipline master — what it really lacks is a rule breaker like Gvasalia. And besides, wasn't it such bold-faced dissidence that earned the industry's reverence to begin with?
3. Louis Vuitton's new product packaging It seems silly that the aesthetic of a brand's paperbags and boxes warranted a tsunami of emotion-led reactions — but the thing is, like a house's iconic motif or signature design code, its packaging holds a deep bond between consumer and company. Switching over from brown to saffron tinged with cobalt a few months ago, 2016 will go down as the year the French label swapped out an iconic 'chocolate brown' for contemporary 'caramel'.
4. A laundry list of collaborations Fashion's inner corterie has been known to guard its doors with an iron padlock, but this year saw its younger generation of designers rising in rebellion. Favouring creative cross-pollination over secrecy, there was no turning back once the floodgates were unlocked. No man's an island, indeed.
Here, a (non-exhaustive) list of the most notable collaborations we've been keeping tabs on: