As we look forward to welcoming 2012 with open arms, we must also look back on a year that has had quite its fill of fashion highs and lows. Needless to say, there's never a dull moment in the industry and we've loved every second of its sartorial suspense, trendy takeaways, dresses to-die-for, red carpet sizzles, model moments, and of-the-minute style inspiration. It's safe to say 2011 was one for the books and to bid it adieu properly, we're highlighting the year's biggest and most fashion news headlines. Want to know what made our jaws drop? Click through to find out the five biggest fashion headlines of the year.
>> In a video Vogue.com captured a few weeks before her wedding (below), Kate Moss admitted that she was having a bit of a Bridezilla moment: “I’ve had big parties, I’ve had big birthday parties and you know, I’m like, ‘Let’s do a big wedding!’ Oh my god. And then you wake up thinking, ‘Ballet shoes for the girls! The satin! Is the ribbon right?’ I’m like, I’ve gone mental! I did not understand the Bridezilla show but now I do.”
And the extreme attention to detail didn't exclude the bridal shoes, Manolo Blahnik — who did the honors — recently revealed: “We did them five times to get them the way [Kate] wanted. My workers are the best people. I wouldn’t be here without them. The shoes arrived the day before and there were too many jewels on the heel because of the long train. So we had women working up until midnight to change it. I’ve known Kate since she was a little girl. The wedding was divine. Kate has such a presence. You just have to feel it.”
Feast your eyes on Kate Moss's exclusive wedding pictures from the Vogue September issue, shot by Mario Testino. The editorial features Kate and her rockstar husband, Jamie Hince, in a number of beautiful settings from their wedding day in July — attended by Naomi Campbell, Stella McCartney, Jude Law, and Carine Roitfeld to name a few — along with photos of her sweet daughter Lila Grace. Read below to see what Kate Moss had to say about getting married and her beautiful gown designed by John Galliano:
- On getting married: We were just so loved up, and he asked me to marry him every day. [The show Big Fat Gypsy Wedding changed everything] . . . I am so romantic about gypsies. They’re not allowed to do anything until they get married. So they all get married really young, at 16. You can’t believe the dresses. They’re like blinging butterflies times 10; they can’t move down the aisle! It’s so genius. I was just watching Jamie, so cute, and I was like, these girls, they just spend their whole life waiting for that day — let’s do it!
- On her wedding dress: When I put the [John Galliano] dress on, I’m really happy. I forget about everything. [I wanted] a classic Galliano, those chiffon '30s kind. I’ve lived in his dresses for years, and they just make me feel so comfortable. But it’s so much more couture, couture, couture. Oh, my God, the work that’s going into the dress!
Click through the slideshow to see more exclusive pictures from Kate's wedding day, then check out Vogue.com to read the whole story.
Photo courtesy of Vogue.com
>> Kate Moss tells Vogue's September 2011 issue — which she covers — that after a romantic trip to Thailand two years into her relationship with Jamie Hince, “we were just so loved up, and he asked me to marry him every day.” So what made her finally take the plunge, at 37? Apparently, the British TV series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. “I am so romantic about gypsies,” Kate explains. “They’re not allowed to do anything until they get married. So they all get married really young, at sixteen. You can’t believe the dresses. They’re like blinging butterflies times ten; they can’t move down the aisle! It’s so genius. I was just watching Jamie, so cute, and I was like, these girls, they just spend their whole life waiting for that day — let’s do it!”
“I’ve met them all throughout the years,” Mario Testino — who captured Vogue's extensive portfolio of Moss's wedding (she shifted her wedding date from Saturday to Friday to accommodate Testino's schedule) — says of Kate's past paramours, “but [Jamie] is the most real. He has a great sense of humor.”
But, as the wedding date nears, Hince “is terrified,” says Moss. As for herself: “Let’s put it this way. If I didn’t have my friends . . . I don’t know how people do it. I’ve had big birthday parties, and I’ve thrown parties for other people, but this is a completely different thing. It’s the Met Ball! Because you have to look at every piece of cutlery; the details are intense. And then you wake up thinking about the ballet shoes for the girls; is the satin ribbon right? I’ve gone mental. Jamie thinks I’m mad, asking, ‘Are you gonna be all right? After the wedding, I’m hoping you’ll get back to normal!’”
Of her vision of the wedding, Moss says: “I wanted it to be kind of dreamy and 1920s, when everything is soft-focus. The Great Gatsby. The code name was GG for a while. That light and that kind of fun decadence. It’s rock-’n’-roll Great Gatsby!”
It follows, then, that John Galliano, who designed Moss's wedding dress, was inspired by Jazz Age photographs of F. Scott's wife Zelda Fitzgerald. Moss says she wanted “a classic Galliano, those chiffon thirties kind. I’ve lived in his dresses for years, and they just make me feel so comfortable. But it’s so much more couture, couture, couture. Oh, my God, the work that’s going into the dress!”
As Vogue tells it: Moss and Galliano "discussed everything on the phone, and then, when John was out of rehab for the first of four marathon fittings, he brought her 'bags full of bits, and pulled tulle and sequins and veils and flowers out. And then we just kind of pinned things together, like the old days, you know?' The skirts are symbolically licked with the beaded plumes of a mythical phoenix, 'delicate and defiant, like Kate.'"
"She dared me to be John Galliano again,” the designer added. “I couldn’t pick up a pencil. It’s been my creative rehab.” The relationship goes both ways, though. Just before Moss, ever the model, sets off to her wedding church she requests “a few words, a story to inspire her — she loves a bit of direction!” Galliano says. “I told her, ‘You have a secret — you are the last of the English roses — and when he lifts your veil he’s going to see your wanton past!’”
Later, the favor is returned: When Kate's father thanks Galliano for “the beautiful dress,” every wedding guest stands in ovation, causing the designer's eyes to well up.
>> Kate Moss and Jamie Hince's honeymoon — spent tooling around the Mediterranean in Sir Philip Green's yacht near Portofino, St. Tropez, and Corsica — has ended a little shorter than the predicted two weeks, perhaps due to an earthquake near Corsica. But not before they received a couple of unique honeymoon gifts: Terry de Havilland sent Moss a pair of scarlet snakeskin stillettos with "F*ck you" spelled out in Swarovski crystals on one sole and "F*ck me" spelled out on the other; and another friend reportedly let Banksy into Moss and Hince's house while they were gone so that the graffiti artist could do a mural in their bathroom.
Moss and Hince were spotted out at dinner with a friend at The Wolseley last night in London, and then running errands to the White Cube contemporary art gallery in London today with Moss's daughter Lila Grace Hack.
>> It turns out the rumors that Sir Philip Green lent newlyweds Kate Moss and Jamie Hince a yacht for their honeymoon were right: the couple was photographed on Green's 206-foot boat, the Lionheart, Wednesday off the coast of Corsica (PopSugar has pictures).
Moss and Hince are said to be in the midst of a two-week Mediterranean cruise, which started when they took a private jet to Nice on Sunday followed by a 30-minute helicopter ride to Monaco, where they boarded the yacht. Since, they have reportedly made their way to Portofino, Italy; Cannes; Saint Tropez; and Corsica.
Photo: Terry's Diary
>> Kate Moss and Jamie Hince took off from the grounds of her Cotswolds home Sunday in a helicopter after a raucous three-day wedding extravaganza — she's rumored to have leaped into her swimming pool, still in her Galliano wedding dress, at one point — presumedly to get their honeymoon started. Rumors have them heading to Timbuktu in Mali, Algeria, the Sahara, Thailand, and the Caribbean over the next few months, but another report came yesterday that Sir Philip Green had loaned them an 109-foot yacht, on which they plan to sail the Mediterranean for the next two weeks. Although spokesman for both Green and Moss declined comment, some more Kate Moss wedding fodder to whet your appetite: Terry Richardson just posted pictures of Moss, Hince, Marc Jacobs, and more during the wedding weekend's festivities.
It's official — Kate Moss and Jamie Hince just tied the knot! The couple wed this afternoon in Southrop, England, with the beautiful bride in a breathtaking Galliano gown, and friends and family at her side. A pair of blue-lined Manolos provided her something blue while new hubby Jamie wore a suit from Yves Saint Laurent's Stefano Pilati. Later at the reception, Kate is expected to make a few outfit changes, including two of Stella McCartney's designs, though we're still gushing over the bride's incredible wedding dress. Click through to see it in full. Congrats to the happy couple!
>> A few pictures are starting to roll in of Kate Moss heading to her wedding in a silver Rolls Royce, her father Peter and 8-year-old daughter Lila Grace Hack (who's set to serve as her chief bridesmaid and is said to be wearing Stella McCartney) by her side. Her dress, confirmed to be designed by John Galliano, is lightly sequined, and her shoes are confirmed to be Manolo Blahniks with blue lining — as in "something blue" — rather than Christian Louboutin as previously thought.
The wedding dress was inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald, whose engagement ring Moss is wearing. Galliano did the final fitting earlier this week in Europe, while in care, WWD reports. “Kate is his biggest muse and he was never, ever going to let his friend down,” one source said. “He did Kate’s 21st birthday dress, her 30th birthday dress, and Galliano’s show was the first she ever walked for. So this wedding day ties up a lot of things beautifully.”
Moss is expected to make a number of outfit changes this evening, Vogue UK reports, three of which will be designed by her close friend Stella McCartney. For her first dance, Moss will wear an oyster silk chiffon dress with embroidered bodice and a cut-out back, then she'll change into a mini body-con dress with a plunging back and beading all over. Finally, for her going-away suit, she'll wear a single-breasted, three-piece white wool suit.
Naomi Campbell (wearing Givenchy couture by Riccardo Tisci), Stella McCartney (in a white, tailored look of her own design), Daphne Guinness (in a light blue dress of her own design), Philip Treacy, Carine Roitfeld (in vintage Galliano), Emmanuelle Alt (in Balmain), and Anna Wintour (in a Mondrian-inspired Prada dress) are all understood to have attended the ceremony.
>> Kate Moss's wedding ceremony is about to get under way — at 3:30 pm GMT at St Margaret's Parish Church near her Cotswalds home. Pictures of the wedding may be few and far between — Vogue has the exclusive for their September 2011 issue, with Mario Testino on camera duty — and the events are under security lockdown, with both neighboring villages of Southrop and Little Faringdon closed down. In fact, wedding guests and locals had to be issued permits to allow them to pass through roadblocks. However, PopSugar has a look at Kate on her way to the ceremony this afternoon in her veil.
Last night, Moss and Hince gave paparazzi a rare treat, posing for photographs outside The Swan pub in Southrop before their rehearsal dinner. Moss, in a vintage dress and blue Tabitha Simmons boots, looked visibly ecstatic, and apparently told the Daily Mail: "I was so nervous when I was practising signing the register. I've been so stressed out. My hands were shaking like an old woman's!" As for Hince, the couple's friend, Primal Scream bassist Mani said: "He's all right, he's marrying a supermodel. What's there to be nervous about?"
Moss is apparently set to wear a custom John Galliano gown to the ceremony, with Christian Louboutin shoes. Jamie Hince and his "best man," Kills bandmate Alison Mosshart, are confirmed to wear Yves Saint Laurent, while maid of honor Trish Simonon will sport Erdem. The newly-wedded couple and their 300 guests (including Naomi Campbell, Vivienne Westwood, Stefano Pilati, Stella McCartney, Sir Philip Green, and Edward Enninful) will then retreat to the model's home for the first of a three-day, reportedly £500,000 ($800,000) celebration.