The 10 Most Shocking Fashion Moments of 2015

Rihanna Met Gala - H 2015
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Rihanna Met Gala - H 2015

From Rihanna's Met Gala gown to Alber Elbaz's dismissal from Lanvin, these are the jaw-dropping moments that had our heads spinning this year.

It's been a long, eventful year for the fashion world, filled with surprises (both good and bad) and more than a few moments that had us doing double-takes. Here, the 10 most shocking moments that had us like, whoa.

1. Rihanna's Met Gala gown (above).

The fashion crowd at the Met Gala was on the edge of their (metaphorical) seats while preparing for scene-stealer Rihanna to arrive at the "China: Through the Looking Glass"-themed event — and she did not disappoint. RiRi's show-stopping Guo Pei gown caused jaws to hit the floor and inspired thousands of breakfast food-themed memes. 

2. Alber Elbaz was fired from Lanvin.

The Israeli designer's dismissal was so shocking that it's still causing a ruckus in the fashion world today, nearly two months later. Elbaz was let go after 14 years with the French fashion house, where his designs were widely praised. 

3. Zoolander's Derek and Hansel crashed the Valentino runway.

Celebs have gotten lazy when it comes to announcing their projects creatively, usually defaulting to Instagrams and Tweets. But not Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller, stars of the upcoming Zoolander sequel. The actors hit the fall 2015 Valentino runway — decked out in head-to-toe Valentino garb — to surprise the audience with the news of their new film. 

4. Donna Karan stepped down as a lead designer of her eponymous label to pursue her philanthropic career

Donna Karan was full of surprises in 2015. From her career change to the release of her revealing memoir, the 66-year-old was seemingly always in the headlines. Which is why it comes as no surprise that Barbara Walters named her one of 2015's 10 Most Fascinating People.

5. Kim Kardashian went platinum blonde.

She only rocked the look for a hot second, but when Saint's mama arrived at Paris Fashion Week with bleached blonde locks, it caused quite a stir in the fashion world. Coincidentally, Jared Leto revealed his bleached 'do (dyed for his role in Suicide Squad) on the same day. 

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6. Details and Lucky magazine printed their last issues. 


Call it a casualty of the digital media boom, but this year we lost two more magazines. Lucky magazine's print edition shuttered in June, while its digital platform officially shut down operations in November. Details' December issue was the magazine's last, and its online content will migrate to the revamped GQStyle website. 

7. Alexander Wang left Balenciaga.

Wang, the thirty-year-old designer often referred to as fashion's wunderkind, departed his role as the creative director of Balenciaga in order to pay more attention to his namesake label. So far, the move has paid off, as he's begun dressing stars like Taraji P. Henson for red-carpet events and even launched his own jewelry line. 

8. Bill Blass and Band of Outsiders were given new life, while Marc by Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Saunders called it quits. 

Bill Blass, an old-school brand that was favorited by country-club goers and First Ladies of the past, was resurrected from the dead in 2015 under the creative direction of Chris Benz. Meanwhile, Marc by Marc Jacobs, the designer's more affordable secondary line, and Jonathan Saunders both shuttered. Band of Outsiders had its own whirlwind of a year after it was announced that the brand would be no more in June — however in early December, it was revealed that a new Band of Outsiders would make a 2017 comeback, but without founder Scott Sternberg in tow. 

9. Raf Simons stepped down at Dior.

The designer's departure from Dior, where he worked for three short albeit successful years, ignited the conversation regarding designer burn out. Simons said several times that the ever-growing demand (as he was expected to crank out full collections in as little as five weeks) contributed to the decision to part ways with the brand.

10. Caitlyn Jenner made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair.  

Bruce Jenner's very public transition to Caitlyn was completed with his now iconic Vanity Fair cover. The epic reveal rocked not just the fashion world, but the general public, too.