In years past, there always was, without fail, that handful of “It” items everyone had, or at least desperately wanted to have—Isabel Marant wedge sneakers, Céline Luggage Totes, that Kenzo tiger sweatshirt, Brian Lichtenberg’s designer parody pieces. Then, last year, street style was pretty much non-existent thanks to a little movement called Normcore, which had the fashion crowd eschewing flashy items in favor of dad-like basics. Luckily, editors, bloggers, and It-girls were back to their old tricks in 2015, conspicuously showing off super-designed “It” pieces by labels like Chanel, Valentino, and Rachel Comey.
We also got quirky with our accessories this year, thanks to Anya Hindmarch’s sticker craze, Les Petite Jouers lego bags, and Gucci, who inarguably won the year in street style both with its furry shoes and floral bags.
Here, we revisit the items that were at the forefront of street style in 2015, which all had a few factors in common: Cool people wore them, they were photographed to death, and we all wanted them.
Anya Hindmarch's Sticker Bags and Stickers
Right in line with the year's kitsch craze was Anya Hindmarch‘s Spring 2015 collection, which featured leather bags covered in what looked like bright, playful stickers. Well, that Anya’s one smart girl: Foreseeing the impact of her charming collection, the label released a range of individual leather stickers—smiley faces, initials, googly eyes, hashtags, cheeky speech bubbles—that allowed fans to get the look of her runway bags for a fraction of the price.
Photo: Garance Doré
Gucci Fur Slides
When relatively unknown designer Alessandro Michele officially assumed the top spot at Gucci in January—following longtime creative director Frida Giannini—the notoriously fickle fashion crowd flipped for the quirky, youthful, witty changes he’s bringing to one of the most recognizable luxury brands on the planet. The biggest standout with the street style crowd, however? Michele's Chewbacca-like fur slides, which stores couldn't keep in stock this yea.
Valentino's Rainbow Stripe Bags
During February Fashion Week, these not-for-the-meek bags were spotted everywhere, often with accompanying chevron sweaters or skirts, also Valentino.
Miu Miu's ruffled cotton dresses and blouses.
Quirkiness was a hallmark of 2015 fashion, and Miu Miu's ubiquitous, voluminous tops and dresses exemplified this to a T.
Rachel Comey Legion Jeans
You couldn't stalk a street style blog this year without seeing Rachel Comey's wide-legged, cropped, frayed jeans. They were so popular that identical pairs popped up everywhere, from ASOS to Zara.
Photo: Man Repeller
Les Petits Jouers bags
During the fall 2015 shows in February, it seems every attendee got the same memo: Carry a bag that looks like its made from Legos. The trend is still going strong, with the street style crowd proudly showing off their leather top-handle bags and box clutches from the label.
Gucci's GG Blooms print.
Another win for Gucci creative Director Alessandro Michele, the brand's romantic floral prints were everywhere this year,
Dior's So Real sunglasses
Dior managed to charge almost $600 for a pair of shades that riff on classic aviators, and had us all itching to hand over our credit cards.
Moschino's Teddy Bear
When Jeremy Scott took the reigns at Moschino, we knew he’d infuse the label with a heavy dose of his signature cheek, which he did in spades. Between splashy—and seemingly inescapable— street style bait like a fast food-themed collection, the label’s bold appropriation of SpongeBob SquarePants, and last season’s take on Barbie, it’s clear Scott has a thing for fashion with a side of pop culture. In 2015, his take on the teddy bear was spotted on street style stars and fashion editors the world over.