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The Most Memorable Red Carpet Moments of the Decade

We’ve rounded up the most memorable red carpet moments of the decade.

LADY GAGA’S CONTROVERSIAL MEAT DRESS, 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

There have been very few red carpet looks that have created as much of a stir as Lady Gaga’s 2010 MTV Video Music Awards dress that would become known as the “meat dress.” The dress, which was condemned by animal rights activists, it turns out, was the just the start of a decade of head-turning and though-provoking Lady Gaga red carpet moments.  

JARED LETO AND HIS HEAD IN GUCCI AT THE MET GALA IN 2019

Forget about handbags and jewellery on the red carpet – at the Met Gala this year, Jared Leto took to the red carpet carrying his own head whilst wearing head-to-toe Gucci, of course.

Leto told GQ magazine that following the Met Gala he has no idea what happened to the head. “I think someone may have stolen it,” he said.  “If anyone out there finds it, bring it into your nearest Gucci store in exchange for a pair of dirty sneakers.”

 

BEYONCÉ IN GIVENCHY LATEX AT THE 2016 MET GALA

Queen B is no stranger to turning heads on the red carpet but her 206 Met Gala look really got everyone talking. In 2016, following the release of her album Lemonade, Beyoncé turned up on the red carpet without Jay-Z in a head-turning Givenchy number made from latex.

 

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS IN VALENTINO HAUTE COUTURE AT THE 2018 EMMY AWARDS

Can you remember another look from the red carpet at the 70th annual Emmy Awards? We’re pretty certain all other looks were forgotten once Tracee Ellis Ross stepped out in the head-turning hot pink Valentino Haute Couture number.

KIM KARDASHIAN IN GIVENCHY AT THE 2013 MET GALA

Kim Kardashian has ‘broken’ the internet for a number of reasons in the past decade, but in 2013 it was all thanks to her Givenchy look that she wore to her very first Met Gala. The dress quickly became the subject of a number of memes, becoming known as the ‘couch’ dress.

In late 2019 spoke out about the dress that created such a commotion at the time. “I think Robin Williams even tweeted it, said I looked like Mrs. Doubtfire,” Kardashian told Vogue. “I was crying the whole way home because I just couldn’t believe it.”

RIHANNA IN GUO PEI AT THE 2015 MET GALA

Rihanna has undoubtedly owned the red carpet at the Met Gala over various years, but it was her 2015 look created by Chinese couturier, Guo Pei, that has been hard to forget. 

The dress wasn’t made for Rihanna and was shown on the runway in 2012 in China. The cape of the ‘Yellow Empress’ dress weighs a whooping 25 kilograms and when it was first shown the model was only able to make it halfway down the catwalk before the cape had to be removed.

BILLY PORTER IN CHRISTIAN SIRIANO AT THE 2019 ACADEMY AWARDS

Billy Porter has never been afraid of defying the norms where fashion is concerned but it was arguably his red carpet look at the 91st Academy Awards that got everyone talking. The gender-bending custom creation by designer Christian Siriano featured the best of both worlds – a structural tuxedo jacket paired with a full-skirted strapless velvet gown.

MEGHAN MARKLE IN GIVENCHY AT THE BRITISH FASHION AWARDS IN 2018

A pregnant Duchess of Sussex surprised everyone in 2018 when she made an unexpected appearance at the British Fashion Awards to present Clare Waight Keller, the creative director of Givenchy and the designer of Markle’s wedding dress, the award of womenswear designer of the year.

 

 

How to Overhaul Your Wardrobe in 2020

It’s never too late in the year to overhaul your wardrobe and get it ready for the season ahead.

Don’t be fooled by trends that come and go

Don’t get us wrong, we love a good fashion trend and we’re particularly excited about all the colour that is set to return to the fashion world in 2019.  But if you find yourself constantly scrolling through Instagram to try and keep up with all the trends street style stars are wearing, it might be time to take a step back and rethink your wardrobe. Trends do tend to come and go and circle back around again, so knowing how to cherry-pick trends that you’ll wear season after season is important. 

“Trends tend to homogenise fashion, demanding we all dress the same,” says Courtney Sanders, founder of Well Made Clothes. Sanders points to the Tumblr from last summer that was dedicated to hundreds of women wearing the same off-the-shoulder Zara dress.  “Before I was aware of any of these issues I felt the pressure to buy new clothes all the time, which meant I ended up with a closet full of clothes that weren’t me at all,” Sanders says. She says she would spend hours agonising over trends and working out how she could work it into her look – often she’d make the purchase and never wear it out of her bedroom. “When became more conscious of the impact my fashion purchases had I started to buy less and really think about whether I would wear it. It has meant my wardrobe is a lot more concise, a lot more me, and I would say a lot more stylish,” she laughs.

Avoid the urge to buy on-sale items just because they’re on sale

If you’ve ever purchased an item simply because it was on sale only to have it sit unworn at the back of your closet, you’re definitely not alone. The allure of shopping for a bargain can trick even the savviest shoppers into thinking that neon-coloured designer pencil skirt marked down by 70 per cent is too good of a deal to resist. But before rushing out to buy on-sale pieces, give overhaul your wardrobe and try and work out what you really need.

“The feeling of getting a bargain when shopping for new clothes is a very dominant factor, which can influence our decision to go shopping,” says University of Auckland PhD researcher, Miriam Seifert. As tempting as sales can be, they can trick us into thinking we’re not doing anything wrong by purchasing products on a whim because we’re not paying full ticket for the product. “We go shopping because we want to experience the joy of getting a bargain and saving money,” she explains.

Seifert says while it’s easy to fall for marketing campaigns peddling slashed sale prices, it’s important to try and avoid impulsive and emotional shopping. She suggests asking yourself: Do I really need it? Do I have something similar already in my closet that I use or haven’t been wearing at all? Will it make me happy to buy it? Walking away from a dramatically reduced item of clothing with a very compelling price but perhaps no foreseeable place in your wardrobe is often the best thing to do. Still thinking about the piece the next time? Then perhaps it’s meant to be.

Think about how your decisions impact the planet

“For me personally, mindfulness is about bringing consciousness to my everyday thoughts and actions,” explains AUT fashion lecture, Leica Johnson. She describes mindful fashion as bringing awareness to fashion purchases we make. “You can simply ask yourself how your purchase affects the planet and the people on it.” While the answer to that question isn’t always straightforward – issues of transparency are fraught in the fashion industry – just pausing to think about why you’re buying something is enough to prevent a regrettable purchase that may be flung to the back of the wardrobe after one wear. Johnson also says the questions tend to nudge the individual towards supporting brands that use social, ethical and environmentally sustainable practices.

Now that you’ve overhauled your wardrobe, here are the five fashion rules you should be breaking right now.