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.
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.
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.
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.
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In loving memory of Judith Leiber. Judith’s whimsical minaudieres were adored by the world over, including some of Hollywood’s biggest names and First Ladies, such as Nancy Reagan and Elizabeth Taylor. May she rest in peace, we will remember her always. | Photo credit: Gordon Munro, Courtesy of The Leiber Collection #JudithLeiber
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.
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.
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.