Well folks, it's over: 2021 has come and gone, if you can believe it.
Though it might've felt like it was just Part II of 2020 — what with the ongoing political upheaval, the Covid-19 crisis continuing to evolve and a seemingly-daily avalanche of bad news — another year did, indeed, pass.
There was much for us to cover here at Fashionista: We welcomed in a new presidential administration which, amongst other crucial changes, marked a return to the use of fashion as positive messaging. As climate change continued to ravage the planet, we asked questions about what role fashion plays in the problem — and could play in the solution. The fashion and beauty industries continued to push back against racism, launching the #StopAsianHate movement. And, sadly, we lost some of our most treasured talents much too soon with the deaths of designers Alber Elbaz and Virgil Abloh.
But through it all, there was proof fashion could be fun again, too: As vaccines rolled out, we marked the return of red carpets, the re-emergence of major industry events like the Met Gala and a rapid comeback of in-person fashion shows. We asked some of our favorite people how they're making it and how they shop, with enough delightful responses to fill a book on each. We shopped in our own unique ways, finding fun new fashion and beauty trends to try ourselves. Plus, we still had plenty of spare time at home to catch up on all the latest costume design in television and film.
There are many ways to commemorate the Year That Was 2021, but here, we're narrowing it down to our favorite stories that ran on Fashionista; whether somber or silly, deeply-dived reports or hashed-out personal thoughts, heart-wrenching or heartwarming, these features will stick with us for a long time.
We'll see you in 2022!