From brands expanding their reach through celebrity collaborations and denim offerings to Pippa Middleton’s musings on Kim Kardashian, here’s a look back on the most-visited stories of the year.
June 12: Bloggers are joining the million dollar club. Bryanboy’s Bryan Grey-Yambao may have caused a stir in 2010 when he boasted that he made $100,000 annually as a blogger, but today that number appears paltry — top style bloggers now can earn more than $1 million a year.
July 8: In a departure, Bongo’s fall ads, featuring 25-year-old Vanessa Hudgens, were completely unretouched and natural. This marked Hudgens’ second season as the face of Bongo.
June 11: Women often ask Sara Blakely for full-body Spanx, and while the company founder envisions dressing women head to toe, she is sticking to one body part at a time. Denim jeans made their debut in July.
October 20: As the industry absorbed the news of the death of de la Renta at his home in Kent, Conn., at age 82 after a long battle with cancer, tributes to him poured in from around the world.
NEXT: Number 6 >>
Number 6: Alexander Wang Does Denim
December 3: “Once you see it, you can’t stop thinking about it,” said Alexander Wang. The image in question is from his denim launch campaign of model Anna Ewers oiled up and shot from the waist down in a pair of Alexander Wang jeans pulled halfway down her thighs, her hand positioned to suggest masturbation.
January 27: To Tommy, From Zooey. It sounds a bit like a love note, but is in fact something different altogether — the name of a capsule collection designed by Tommy Hilfiger and Zooey Deschanel, the doe-eyed actress, musician and star of the hit TV show “New Girl.”
September 12: The global fascination with all things China is extending to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the spring, the museum will stage “Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion,” an exhibition that explores the influence of China on creativity, from fashion and costume to paintings, porcelain, art and movies.
October 30: Even in a phone interview laced with laughter and occasionally stalled by spotty cell service, Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made it clear that she will not be stopped.
December 10: In a blog for the British political weekly magazine The Spectator, Middleton writes that the Rear of 2014 award undoubtedly goes to Kim Kardashian after her “posterior exploded all over the Internet” last month.
Next: WWD’s Number One Most-Read Story of 2014 >>
June 25: This fall, fans of Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope character on ABC’s hit political drama “Scandal” were able to shop for some of her on-air looks at The Limited.