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A Recap Of 2023’s Wildest Fashion Moments

What a year.

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Kylie Jenner, Doja Cat, and Rihanna wear their wildest looks of 2023.
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Ah, 2023. The year is officially coming to an end. And because the past 12 months have seen some truly wild and memorable style moments from the biggest stars, we at Bustle thought it was time for a recap.

Fashion darling Rihanna shows out year-round, to be sure. But her biggest style moment of 2023 was when she headlined the Super Bowl. Returning to the stage after a years-long hiatus, she debuted a fiery outfit designed to reveal her second pregnancy. The look was rivaled only by her dramatic Met Gala look, which she attended covered in 3D florals.

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, who’s accustomed to making an annual splash, didn’t disappoint with her Karl Lagerfeld-themed Met Gala ensemble, which harkened back to photoshoots past.

As expected, Doja Cat and Julia Fox — AKA fashion’s biggest boundary-pushers — also served some memorable looks this year. But it was Kylie Jenner’s lion head dress that was the most heavily memed.

Some style stars, like Margot Robbie and Sofia Richie, became major catalysts for the year’s biggest trends: namely, Barbiecore (which started in 2022 and is only gaining traction) and “quiet luxury” (the supposed signature style of the one percent). Ahead, those and more of 2023’s buzziest looks.

Kylie Jenner’s Lion Head Dress

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Following in her sister’s footsteps, Kylie Jenner practically broke the internet (or, at least, my side of fashion Twitter) when she donned a scarily life-like lion head by Elsa Schiaparelli during Paris Couture Week.

As expected, the resulting memes about the creation were comedic gold. (And if you were wondering, she is a Leo.) Amid backlash, Jenner later confirmed the oversize corsage was “manmade.”

Rihanna’s Super Bowl Look

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After years of waiting for Riri to perform again, she delivered at the 2023 Super Bowl. But it wasn’t just an iconic performance she served. She used the stage and her all-red outfit to announce her second baby with A$AP Rocky. An undeniable moment.

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The ’fit included a nippled breast plate and jumpsuit by Loewe, as well as a floor-length puffer coat and gloves by Alaïa.

Rihanna’s British Vogue Cover

A mere three days after she announced her second pregnancy, Rihanna made headlines again — this time with her firstborn. The business mogul graced the March 2023 cover of British Vogue alongside beau A$AP Rocky and their son, RZA.

Aside from turning the glossy’s pages into high-fashion family portraits, it also marked RZA’s photographic debut. Of course, the fashion cadre went wild for it, making it a top contender for best magazine cover of the year.

Rihanna’s Met Gala Look

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A best looks roundup simply wouldn’t be accurate without multiple Rihanna mentions. At this year’s Met Gala, the Fenty mogul wore an ensemble that was decidedly bridal — the polar opposite of her fiery Super Bowl ensemble.

Rihanna entered the venue on a whimsical note, wearing a hooded cape engulfed in oversized camellias (Lagerfeld and Chanel’s symbol) and glasses equipped with faux lashes.

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As she ascended up the museum’s steps, however, she transformed. Rihanna tossed the eyewear and pulled her shrug down to reveal a low-cut Valentino ball gown. The “Diamonds” singer’s maternity style has always been amazing, but this dramatic ’fit was one of her best.

Kendall Jenner’s Cheeky Onesie

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Kendall Jenner is no stranger to wild, wild looks — especially, at the Met Gala. Remember her slinky La Perla ’fit in 2017 or her crystal-encrusted naked dress in 2021? While the model tends to rock barely-there dresses at the famed fête, this year, she chose a Marc Jacobs onesie covered in black sequins.

The design featured a contrasting collar (à la Lagerfeld), dramatic floor-length sleeves, and lace-up platform boots. Further continuing the no-pants trend she spearheaded, the cheeky one-piece was presented sans pants.

Beyoncé’s Tour Outfits

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All hail Queen Bey! Her Renaissance World Tour ’fits have been blowing up the internet with each new performance. This Loewe look, which featured trompe l’oeil-style gloved hands, was perhaps the most talked about.

Keen-eyed members of the Beyhive even noticed that the look leaned into the “Renaissance” aspect of the album, referencing the body language of a wildly popular painting during that era: “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli. Icon behavior.

Sofia Richie’s Quiet Luxury

Sofia Richie isn’t so much a one-hit wonder as a fashion phenom. Her much-talked about wedding in April catapulted her straight to it girl status. It also helped propel her signature “quiet luxury” style of low-key neutral ensembles and nondescript fashion items to the forefront of fashion.

One of the outfits that really cemented her status as the face of “stealth wealth” is this floor-length cream dress by Chanel. So chic, so effortless — and so expensive.

Doja Cat’s Literal Head-To-Toe Red

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According to her makeup artist, Pat McGrath, this look is called “Doja’s Inferno” and — well, you can see why. To attend Paris Couture Week, the “Woman” singer matched her body to her bedazzled Schiaparelli skirt.

The beauty look required 30,000 crimson Swarovski crystals to envelope her body and bald head. The photos were transformed into so. many. memes. (Her Met Gala look, where she dressed up as Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, is a definite runner-up for her wildest ’fit this year.)

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Courtroom Style

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Another of the year’s buzziest style moments came from an unlikely place: court. During Gwyneth Paltrow’s trial, in which she was sued for a ski collision in 2016, the Oscar winner wore a series of looks that captured the internet’s attention.

From gray suit sets to cream turtlenecks, her immaculate neutral ensembles served “quiet luxury.” She won the civil case, BTW.

Margot Robbie’s Barbie Outfits

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Margot Robbie, AKA Barbie herself, took Barbiemania up a notch during the film’s press tour, where she recreated some of the Mattel doll’s most iconic ensembles. Among her array of all-pink ’fits, a sparkly black evening gown was the most iconic of all.

The mermaid dress, designed by Daniel Roseberry for Schiaparelli Haute Couture, was inspired by the Solo in the Spotlight Barbie doll that came out in the 1960s.

Kim Kardashian’s Faux Nipple Bra

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Less than a month ago Kim dropped a fashion bombshell in the form of SKIMS’ Ultimate Nipple Bra — underwire equipped with pointed nipples built right in. Naturally, the item created waves among the style set.

If Kim’s 2023 fashion ventures are any indication — which they often are — 2024 will be the nippliest year fashion has ever seen.

Julia Fox’s Fashionable Book Tour

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Julia Fox could easily fill the list of 2023’s wildest moments solo, because controversial looks are her fashion forte (ex: chainlink thongs, whale tails, etc.). This was evidenced especially during her Down The Drain book tour.

To promote her new memoir, the debut author turned the book’s press circuit into her personal fashion week. Throughout the month of October, she churned out shocking ensembles daily (sometimes more than one). Between this and her daring fashion month ’fits, Fox dominated fashion media headlines for a major portion of the year.

Kendall Jenner’s Butt Crack Ad

A risqué holiday campaign earned Kendall a second spot on this list. The 818 Tequila founder rang in the season with an ad that was festive and utterly NSFW.

For Jacquemus, Kendall flaunted her bare butt, wrapped with nothing but rainbow Christmas lights. The pic, which was reminiscent of big sis Kim’s bum-flaunting Paper magazine cover, also broke the internet.

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Gown

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Taylor Swift is having an incredible year — romantically, financially, and sartorially. And while her Eras Tour itself brought a plethora of jaw-dropping, “bejeweled” confections, it was her look for the concert’s movie premiere that had Swifties abuzz.

A light blue strapless affair by Oscar de la Renta, her look was a stunner, to be sure. But what excited fans most was how it was utterly (and intentionally) 1989-coded. The color, the hair, and that red lip classic thing? They were clearly 1989 (Taylor’s Version) Easter eggs.

Florence Pugh’s Visible Thong

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Queen of sheer dresses Florence Pugh has worn countless see-through ensembles in the last year or so. While last year’s pink nipple-baring Valentino dress was the most talked about of the year, it was an exposed thong look that secured the title for 2023. She donned the undergarment beneath a shimmery, bejeweled sheer skirt during Paris Fashion Week.

Kim Kardashian’s Pearls

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Kim Kardashian always makes waves on the Met Steps. While last year’s look — where she borrowed Marilyn Monroe’s infamous “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress — was perhaps the most controversial to date, this year’s choice wasn’t spared from fashion Twitter discourse.

The SKIMS mogul stepped out in a Schiaparelli look that was essentially shapewear covered in strings of pearls. Shrewd fans were reminded of another outfit Kardashian wore years earlier: strands of pearls with nothing underneath. She donned the revealing look for her famous Playboy shoot (“You’re doing amazing, sweetie!”), which aired on Season 1 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Martha Stewart’s Sports Illustrated Cover

While this year saw several buzzy covers, few made as big an impact as Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue in May, which featured Martha Stewart. At 81 years old, she made history as the glossy’s oldest swimsuit model. Naturally, the cover reverberated among the fashion set and was applauded by celebs, like Tyra Banks and Maria Shriver.

Photographed by Ruven Afanador, Stewart wore a white one-piece with a deep, plunging neckline and a voluminous marigold topper. It was resort elegance at its finest.

Kourtney Kardashian’s Kim Costume

Halloween 2023 was rife with remarkable costumes, including Paris Hilton’s ode to “Toxic”-era Britney and Camila Cabello’s take on The Princess Diaries. But it was Kourtney Kardashian who won spooky season when she trolled her sister Kim.

Kourtney donned Kim’s most controversial (and ridiculed) ensemble of all time: the floral Givenchy dress she wore to the 2013 Met Gala. Smartly utilizing her own baby bump, she recreated the look to a T.

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