Twenty-twelve will be remembered as the year that fashion did its Transformer thing again, shape-shifting into a new entity as it does every seven years or so. And if you love clothes, there is nothing more thrilling – which is why we’re so excited for 2013, when the action will really kick off. A game of chess, there was the spotlight of new appointments whilst others embraced the shadows – Hedi Slimane returned to creating clothes (and a total identity) for the first time since 2007, at Saint Laurent; Nicolas Ghesquière, synonymous with Balenciaga, the mythical house he reestablished, took time out; and Raf Simons did both, emotionally leaving Jil Sander (now at the helm of her label again) and emerging as a couturier at Christian Dior.
It’s not all about new energy at legendary Paris houses, though, with exciting talents such as Creatures of the Wind rising from Chicago; Lucas Nascimento the latest name in knit and a steady flow of bright hopes graduating from college here in London – Claire Barrow and Craig Green, fresh out of their degrees, quite rightly sauntered onto schedule at London Fashion Week, under the wing of Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East.
Barrow, who pedals punk, painted perfectos in her arsenal of looks, also appeared with an East London cast for Walter Pfeiffer and Robbie Spencer’s Dazed & Confused April cover shoot, featuring Yasmina Dexter (Pandora’s Jukebox) and Theo-Mass Lexileictous – the smoking, jewelled skull coverstar launched into a broader consciousness. Elsewhere on our pages Hedi Slimane shot Grimes first, in THE Givenchy couture nosering and earrings; Rick Owens met his soundtracker, ball-culture rapper Zebra Katz for the first time; Peter Philips created yet more make-up bordering on art, harnessing a swarm of perfectly preserved butterflies, and we presented our favourite nonagenarian, Iris Apfel, on the cover in Comme des Garçons’ hardcore flat-pack fashion collection. A year ago, no-one would’ve predicted that, and that’s what we love: that the future is entirely unwritten. Do what feels right.
As a pendant to the most popular fashion features recap, here are some of the Dazed fashion team's hightlights.
FADE INTO YOU
Pierre Debusschere's stunning floral film from Dazed's October issue
Alexandros Pissourios' imagines Ben Toms, Robbie Spencer and Peter Philips' June issue shoot in motion
RICK OWENS X ZEBRA KATZ
Ballin' at the Palais Bourbon. Here's what happened when the rapper and Rick Owens soundtracker met the designer in Paris for the first time
GRIMES BY HEDI SLIMANE
The cover of the year, this was the feature that broke the Canadian DIY phenomenon, 2012's pop icon
THE AGE OF IRIS
Modelling Comme des Garçons on the cover of our November art issue, Iris Apfel tells us why setting trends is all about taking risks
WALTER PFEIFFER SHOOT FILM
Amy Gwatkin captures our East London May issue shoot in action
Jeff Bark presents a film of his 'seedy and silly' New Jersey story with Katie Shillingford
WILD IS THE WIND
Enter the intricate patchwork world of Creatures of the Wind, with this exclusive film by Harrison Boyce, styled by Emma Wyman
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY
Amy Gwatkin meets the cast of Eva Gödel's agency on our shoot in Düsseldorf
THE BEAUTIFUL FALL
Elizabeth Fraser–Bell styles the brooding collection of rising fashion talent Chiaki Moronaga
THE CLOTHES SHOW
Marte Mei van Haaster documents her SS13 season, exclusively for Dazed Digital