Trend 1. Dopamine dressing: After a year spent indoors, many stars took their opportunity to make a flamboyant fashion statement — as seen with singer Billie Eilish’s frothy ballgown at the Met Gala. Credit: Kevin Mazur/MG21/Getty Images
Cardi B attends the “Thierry Mugler: Couturissime” photocall as part of Paris Fashion Week at Musee Des Arts Decoratifs on September 28, 2021 in Paris, France. Credit: Richard Bord/WireImage/Getty Images
Daring to bare
Zoë Kravitz attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images
Sophisticated midriff-baring ensembles were sported by Carey Mulligan, Rina Sawayama and Alicia Keys throughout the year, while Lil Nas X, Kim Kardashian and Hailey Bieber were among those who covered up in skintight catsuits that left little to the imagination.
Troye Sivan attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images
With Gen Z challenging gender binaries on TikTok and discussions about fluidity reverberating throughout the fashion industry, celebrities weren’t shy about pushing boundaries. With LGBTQ+ stars leading the charge — including Billy Porter in a blush pink trailing suit and designer Harris Reed launching their debut gender-fluid fashion collection — others followed suit: Troye Sivan wore a minimal dress to the Met Gala and Kid Cudi wore a Kurt Cobain-inspired floral gown for his Saturday Night Live performance, followed by a wedding dress at the CFDA Awards.
Fashion as wearable art
Bella Hadid poses as she arrives for the screening of the film “Tre Piani” (Three Floors) at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on July 11, 2021. Credit: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images
Gemma Chan paid tribute to Anna May Wong at the Met Gala. Wong is considered to be the first Chinese American Hollywood star. Credit: Getty Images
As many stars went all out with their post-lockdown wardrobes, others took a step back to pause and pay homage to those who paved the way before them. Throwbacks to specific celebrity and supermodel outfits were seen throughout the year.
Avril Lavigne attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage/Getty Images
Surprising brands such as Ed Hardy and Juicy Couture made a comeback among the celebrity set, and retro staples like mesh printed tops, monogram prints and corsets became go-to pieces.