1. Alessandro Michele's first runway collection for Gucci
No one could have predicted that the unknown and unassuming former Gucci head of accessories would revive the Italian fashion house. Now with six collections under his belt — and the recipient of the prestigious International Fashion Designer of the Year award at the 2015 British Fashion Awards — Michele has the industry at his fashion feet as he continues to break rules and shake things up. We eagerly await to see where he will take the reinvented Gucci lady and gentleman next.
2. Spectacular show venues around the world
How does one luxury fashion house up its game from another? You pack up the collection, jet it across the world, and stage it at grand and exotic locations. Resort 2016 saw brands such as Dior, Louis Vuitton and Gucci presenting their collections in breath-taking venues in Cannes, LA and New York respectively — Dior held its collection at the Le Palais Bulle cliffside palace; Louis Vuitton chose the Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs; and Gucci closed down West 22nd Street in New York for its show. Travelling venues are definitely trending and we can't wait for 2016. Next stop: Latin America. Chanel is off to Cuba and Louis Vuitton will be heading to Rio De Janeiro. Bring out the maracas.
1. Most high-fashion and expensive collection to date
2. Most social media-ed campaign
3. First collection to be backed by celebrity models (Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid)
4. First collection in Singapore to be sold out on launch day — which meant no leftovers to get your hands on even after the 3-day queue died off.
4. Zoolander 2 aka the Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson walk-off at the Valentino FW15 show
To prove that fashion should never be taken too seriously, the Zoolander 2 takeover at the Valentino FW15 show saw Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald compete in a dramatic walk-off. Dressed in Valentino, of course, the really really really good-looking models ended their strut down the runway with the infamous 'blue steel' pose. It had the normally reserved fashion crowd in hysterics. For fans of the show, the sequel is set to premiere in March 2016.
5. Designer departures
With every high comes a low. And as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. This year, we witnessed three such instances: Alexander Wang, Raf Simons and Alber Elbaz took their final bows, making their SS16 collections their last for their respective houses. Wang left after three years as creative director at Balenciaga, Simons bid farewell after three and a half at Dior, and Elbaz after his 14-year tenure with Lanvin. But in good faith, we are sure this is not a final goodbye but, rather, a see you later.