It was... a year.
It feels strange to distill what's been a very difficult, very consequential period of time into a handful of topics or themes, all of which will have an impact on how we move forward. Do we begin with the ongoing, devastating global pandemic, which, on top of creating a public health crisis, has brought about an economic recession, record job losses and challenges across industries? Or with the worldwide protests in response to the murders of Black individuals at the hand of police, which has once again put the spotlight on the Black Lives Matter movement and has forced people and institutions alike to look inward in regards to their role in it all? There was also a divisive U.S. election cycle, which culminated in a new incoming Presidential administration. There were postponements and cancelations. There was isolation. There was a lot of loss. Occasionally, there was a bit of joy, too.
Through it all, Fashionista has reported on the trends, the people and the stories that shaped the fashion and beauty industries in 2020 — from the timely and important, to the silly and irreverent. We continued to follow the sustainability narrative as it evolved amid an uncertain political landscape and a pandemic. We checked in with various professionals about how their day-to-days were changing. We spoke with the thought-leaders working to make these sectors more equitable. We kept tabs on how brands were approaching an unprecedented fashion month. We were inspired by the career stories of the designers, editors and stylists who shared their journeys with us. We remembered Great Outfits in Fashion History.
This is only a partial telling of the story of 2020, of course. Below, we're re-sharing some of the most-read articles Fashionista published, as well as a handful of other memorable pieces from this year on a range of subjects. Wishing you a happy and safe new year, and reminding you to wear a mask.
The 5 Most-Read Stories of the Year
Honorable mentions: We Put 3 Beauty Products That Went Viral on TikTok to the Test, Great Outfits in Fashion History: Rita Moreno Re-Wearing Her 1962 Oscars Dress in 2018, You Can Buy Non-Medical Face Masks From These Fashion Brands Right Now