The year in Jewish fashion: Marvelous looks that rocked 2018

It’s been a big year for Jewish style (isn’t it always?). From the unexpected trends to fabulous celebrations and the wedding of the year, here’s how the face of fashion changed in 2018.


1The trend

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These beauties

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Orthodox Jewish fashion hit the headlines this year thanks to designer Batsheva Hay and her high-necked, puff sleeve confections that have been seen on the likes of Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman. Her looks went on to wow New York Fashion Week in September. Think modest prairie girl with a dash of 80’s Laura Ashley.

2The jeans

Global search platform Lyst crunched the data to come up with the year’s biggest Instagram hits, and when it came to denim, there was only one pair of jeans in contention. Jewish designer Jonathan Simkhai’s lace-up jeans, with corset lacing reminiscent of the 00’s all the way down the front of the legs. Hands down, they were the sensation of the summer.

3The anniversary

After half a century of dressing the American Dream, Ralph Lauren celebrated its 50th anniversary with a suitably star-studded show in New York in September. Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Kanye West were all in attendance. And the celebrations aren’t over — you can join in too by submitting a letter to Ralph. The UK, meanwhile, has bestowed on the designer an honorary knighthood.

4The farewell

The fashion world was a little less sparkling following the death of handbag designer Judith Leiber in April 2018. Born in Hungary, Leiber survived the Holocaust and moved to America, where she set about creating the playful, jewel-encrusted pillboxes and purses — “minaudières” — loved by socialites and First Ladies alike.

5The hat

The headgear-of-the-year award undoubtedly belonged to the creator of Gilmore Girls, and now The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amy Sherman-Palladino. After accepting a pair of Emmy awards in her signature top hat in September, she’s now on the promo trail for Mrs. Maisel season two — with statement hats in tow.

6The deal

Would they, wouldn’t they? Luxury Italian fashion house Gianni Versace had long been teasing the financial markets with talk of an IPO, until everyone’s favorite former Project Runway judge finally put an end to the speculation. Michael Kors bought Gianni Versace for $2.1 billion in September.

7The wedding

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Welcome to the tribe, Karlie Kloss! The supermodel converted to Judaism before marrying Josh Kushner in a small, private ceremony in upstate New York in October. The bride wore Dior.

Susannah Cohen
Susannah Cohen is a fashion journalist, e-commerce editor (specialist subjects: lingerie and diamonds) and Jewish mom. Recently relocated from London to the West Coast, she’s feeling a lot more spiritual these days.