Sex - what else? - has been the biggest fashion story this year, whether it was Madonna's book / video / album or Marky Mark's continued exposure of his knicker elastic. This has gone down such a storm that - as predicted on these pages last year - this year he became the latest in a long line of hunkies to promote Calvin Klein underwear. The Face called him 'The Madonna of rap'; Smash Hits voted him the sexiest man in pop.
After world boredom with the Christy-Linda-Naomi-Cindy show, Kate Moss was the breath of fresh air designers and photographers alike were looking for. Her exquisite little heart-shaped face returned us to the Seventies of Ingrid Boulting and Biba. Liz Tilberis took on Anna Wintour, as the editors of the two US giant glossies - Harper's Bazaar amd American Vogue respectively - slugged it out to buy up star photographers Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Meisel (final score: Bazaar 2, Vogue 1). And Karl Lagerfeld? Well, it's always his year isn't it? So hard to remember who else there is in French couture. This year he got a new house (that gave gilt a whole new meaning) and illustrated a children's book. Title? The Emperor's New Clothes, silly.