2010s: A Decade in Fashion and Influencers

The hottest products, cult items and style icons that defined the past 10 years.

While it’s still too early to truly understand the fashion impact of the 2010s, we already know a few key facts. Over the past decade, our shopping got greener and our clothes more political; our skirts got longer and our bags smaller; streetwear and athleisure moved from the periphery of the fashion industry to its core; sweatshirts went fashion, sneakers got weirder, everything went millennial pink and leggings got (very) expensive.

From the Valentino Rockstuds to Bottega Veneta Stretch sandals, and from Alexa Chung to Meghan Markle, 2010s defined an era full of contrasts and surprises for the fashion industry.

Highlights include:
2010: Sales of Alexander McQueen’s skull print scarf increased 1400% in the days after his premature death.

2011: Valentino launched the Rockstud shoe in the S/S 2011 collection, quickly becoming the most wanted shoe and helping drive the brand’s revenue.

2012: Rihanna started experimenting with fashion, becoming the most talked-about fashion influencer.

2013: Cara Delevigne’s full and bold eyebrows were blamed for a fall in tweezer searches according to Google search data.

2014: Kendall Jenner walked for Marc Jacobs in New York and the insta-model was born. She was named by Time magazine, alongside her sister Kylie, as one of the most influential teenagers of the year.

2015: The Gucci Princetown fur loafer was the most wanted shoe, highlighting Alessandro Michele’s new vision at Gucci.

2016: The polarising £185 Vetements DHL T-shirt became the fashion story of the year.

2017: Slogan T-shirt searches increased 105% year on year, with Dior’s “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt becoming the most wanted item of 2017.

2018: ‘Ugly dad’ shoes were the most talked-about sneaker style of the year, as Balenciaga’s Triple S drove thousands of searches and set the fashion agenda for months after its release.

2019: Bottega Veneta was the breakout brand of the year- the brand’s Stretch sandals spiked 53% on Lyst year on year.

Influencers of the decade

During these ten years, we also said hello to Instagram and goodbye to skinny jeans. The Kardashian-Jenner gang took over the fashion world, and thanks to numerous collaborations and the fashion lines of Rihanna, Kanye and Beyoncé, we got to dress like pop stars.

2010: Alexa Chung

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2011: Olivia Palermo

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2012: Rihanna

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2013: Cara Delevigne

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2014: Kendall Jenner

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2015: Gigi Hadid

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2016: Beyonce

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2017: Bella Hadid

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2018: Kylie Jenner

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2019: Meghan Markle

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