So much has happened in the fashion scene this 2018. Below, we list the most shocking ones that have caused great debates and stirred up controversy.
1. Deaths of fashion greats: Kate Spade and Hubert de Givenchy
Kate Spade and Hubert de Givenchy may have left this world but their work and legacy will continue on. Notably, studying the detailed manner in which reports on Kate's death were made was a reminder for all journalists about the proper and ethical way to write about suicides.
2. D&G China controversy
Dolce & Gabbana found itself in hot waters yet again after the Italian luxury brands released a trio of teasers of videos prior to their supposed show in Shanghai, China. The issue became even more aggravated after Stefano Gabbana himself made racist remarks in an effort to defend their videos. Just shortly after the whole debacle, Dolce & Gabbana's The Great Show was boycotted and cancelled.
3. Meghan Markle's wedding dress dividing the world
Meghan Markle walked down the aisle in a simple Givenchy gown made by Clare Waight Keller. Many liked her uncomplicated gown while the others argued the fit could have been improved. Which side are you on?
4. Victoria’s Secret not selling lingerie for all types of girls
Victoria's Secret stirred up a debate when one of their execs said that their lingerie isn't for all types of girls and that plus-sized girls may not ever walk their runway.
5. Versace sold to Michael Kors
After acquiring Jimmy Choo in 2016, Michael Kors made an even bigger acquisition by buying Versace. This news caused a major upheaval amongst Versace patrons. After all, this marks the first time that an American-owned brand bought a European label.
6. Jeremy Scott allegedly copying an emerging designer's design
Is anything original nowadays? Jeremy Scott got in the middle of another plagiarism scandal after Edda Gimnes, a young designer, claimed he copied her scribble designs and used them in the Moschino Spring 2019 collection.
7. Carolina Herrera steps down
Carolina Herrera is letting go of the reigns on her eponymous line. She moves on as its global ambassador (a new role she created) after being the house's creative director since she founded the brand in 1981. She was replaced by 31-year-old designer Wes Gordon.
8. Melania Trump’s Zara jacket reading "I Really Don't Care, Do U?"
Melania Trump wore a very controversial jacket as she went to visit the immigrant children who had been separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. But the US First Lady claimed the jacket's message was meant for her critics and explained that she didn't care what they thought as she was set on doing what she felt was the right thing to do.
9. Hedi Slimane’s Celine
After dropping the accent, Hedi Slimane garnered a lot of backlash with his debut collection at Celine that bore traces of Hedi's work while he was at Saint Laurent.
10. Henri Bendel store closing after 123 years
Blair Waldorf's favorite shopping haven closes after 123 years in its effort to cultivate brands that have better potential for growth.
11. Martio Testino's and Bruce Weber's sexual harassment controversies
Fashion's most in-demand fashion photographers were accused of sexual exploitation after a number of male models and assistants came forward with stories of their own encounters. Since then, the two photographers have been shunned in the fashion scene.
12. Nine West bankruptcy
Earlier this year, shoe retailer Nine West filed for bankcruptcy as a necessary move to pay off the brand's approximate US$1.5 billion debt.