Goodbye Marc Jacobs

Easily the biggest fashion news of the year: Marc Jacobs departing Louis Vuitton, after 16 years at the helm. The news was officially announced just seconds after the spring 2014 show, and in November it was confirmed that Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly at Balenciaga, would succeed Jacobs as artistic director of the French brand.

Next year, Jacobs will focus on expanding his namesake brand, while Ghesquiere will present his first collection for Louis Vuitton in March. Expect great things.

Young Talent Time
A great year to be young and talented, with international luxury conglomerates investing in young fashion designers like never before. PPR (renamed as Kering in March) acquired a 51 per cent stake in Christopher Kane in January and a minority stake in Altuzarra in September, while Louis Vuitton's parent company, LVMH, invested in the young designer J.W. Anderson and footwear brand Nicholas Kirkwood.


The rise of Lorde
Lorde's musical achievements were incredible, with the fashion community here falling under her spell from the beginning - and hoping she'll continue to wear their clothes as her international fame grows. Her style - much like her music, message and outspokenness - was a refreshing change to the onslaught of mindless raunch elsewhere (hello Miley!). What next for our Lorde? Looking into my fashion crystal ball, my predictions are: she'll wear dark lipstick to the Grammy's, will attend a Chanel fashion show as Karl Lagerfeld's musical guest, and will feature on the cover of a top fashion magazine.

Questions Asked
Bangladesh's Rana Plaza factory disaster in April, the deadliest garment-factory accident in history that saw more than 1000 clothing factory workers die, shone a very harsh spotlight on the origin of clothing - bringing the question of where your garments are made - and by who, in what conditions - into the limelight. Make it your goal to make more informed clothing choices in 2014.

NZ's top model
What a year for Ashleigh Good, discovered at a bus stop on the North Shore, now Karl Lagerfeld's muse and recurring face of Chanel. Amongst walking in shows for the likes of Dior, Valentino and Celine, her major moments included appearing as one of two female brides in Chanel's couture show in January, appearing in several Chanel campaigns, and featuring on the cover of Vogue Italia, photographed by Steven Meisel (a major coup for any model).

Between Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian, never has there been so much focus on maternity wear - or such contrasting approaches to dressing while pregnant. While Kate went classic, Kardashian embraced fierce over comfort, with skintight dresses and even tighter heels.

Kate Middleton's baby choices caused an unsurprising frenzy: Prince George's Aden + Anais swaddle blanket quickly sold out, while the blue polka dot dress she wore to make her post-baby debut caused designer Jenny Packham's website to crash.

To top it all off, Kate's coming here in April. She usually wears clothing that has a connection to her destination - I'd bet my last dollar on New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead, who she has worn many times before.