The biggest fashion moments of 2013

Which celebrities caught our eye in 2013?

From Miley's onstage antics to Duchess Kate's chic, understated style, there certainly was a lot of fashion to talk about in 2013. Take a look back at some of the most memorable style moments:

Michelle's bangs
Nobody would call bangs a new trend, but when the first lady's involved, things take on more significance. In fact, President Barack Obama actually called his wife Michelle's new hairdo the most significant event of his second inauguration. Unveiled just in time for the festivities, the new hairdo made enough news to have its own (unofficial) Twitter account, FirstLady'sBangs, which issued alerts like "Just got a text from Hillary Clinton's side-part."

Kerry Washington
By the time she appeared in a lovely Stella McCartney floral frock and high red leather pumps as a judge on "Project Runway," it was clear: In the realm where Hollywood meets fashion, Kerry Washington is royalty. On her hit show, "Scandal," playing professional fixer Olivia Pope, she was all professional Washington — Washington, D.C., that is — but on the red carpet, she was glamour personified. Case in point: that Marchesa gown she wore at the Emmys, all cream and white and flower appliques, fit for a queen.

Kate makes us feel great
Much has been said about the fashion sense of the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, but in 2013, it was something a bit different that caught our eye. Peeking out under her blue-and-white polka dot dress as she emerged from the hospital post-childbirth was a pronounced "mommy tummy," a normal development but something most celebrities keep under wraps, until their personal trainers have whipped them back into magazine-cover shape. Thanks, Kate!

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In March 2013, Lululemon Athletica’s too-sheer yoga pants transformed some women’s workouts into unintentional peep shows.

Lululemon, not so much 
Remember those popular yoga pants that had the unintended effect of being see-through? Well, ladies, turns out the ongoing fabric problems with those pants, including pilling, was YOUR fault. Or rather: the fault of YOUR THIGHS. Founder and chairman Chip Wilson of Lululemon Athletica noted in a TV interview that "Frankly, some women's bodies just actually don't work" for the pants, because of thighs rubbing against fabric. Now Wilson just actually won't be working as chairman of Lululemon; the company announced his resignation from the post in December.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, in a revealing Antonio Berardi gown, poses at the premiere of

Taking it all off
No thigh-rubbing problem for Gwyneth Paltrow, who was happy to show just how little cellulite she has when she appeared at the "Iron Man 3" premiere in a dress with sheer mesh panels on the sides, leaving little of her lower body and, er, posterior to the imagination. But we all nearly forgot about Gwyneth when we saw actress Jaimie Alexander at the "Thor" premiere, her black gown expanding the see-through effect to the midriff and upper regions. Let's just say these actresses are saving money on underwear.

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    Stylish shoes! Bright bling! Pretty purses! Check out designers' unique, fun and interesting accessories from Paris Fashion Week.

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Designer moves
A Paris runway show full of mournful symbols — and lots of black — was designer Marc Jacobs' somber goodbye to Louis Vuitton in October after 16 years in the influential post of creative director. Under Jacobs, who also has his own eponymous brand, Louis Vuitton became the most lucrative fashion house in the world, in part thanks to Jacobs' creation of a ready-to-wear line. He was replaced by Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly at Balenciaga.

Taking designers to task
Iman and Naomi Campbell are legendary supermodels, but this year they lent themselves to something different: promoting diversity on the runway, by calling out designers whose catwalks were almost completely white. The two women joined modeling agent Bethann Hardison in their Balance Diversity campaign. Explaining their purpose, Iman, now 58, said she was shocked to hear there were fewer black models on the runway than when she stopped modeling in 1989.

Lesbian couture
The message was unmistakable: At the Karl Lagerfeld haute couture show in Paris, the designer sent not one, but two brides down the runway for the finale. The brides walked hand in hand in their feathery concoctions, a clear vote of support by the designer for France's gay marriage law. The show came only nine days after hundreds of thousands of people marched in Paris in opposition to the law.

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    A-listers mixed a punk edge into their usual red-carpet glamour for this year's annual Costume Institute Gala.

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    Anne Hathaway, Beyonce and Madonna were among the dozens of celebrities who attended the 2013 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6 in New York City. Many took this year’s theme, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," to heart.

    Oscar winner Anne Hathaway dressed in Valentino and revealed a new platinum ’do.

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    "The Great Gatbsy" star Carey Mulligan goes for subtle and chic in a Balenciaga sheath dress.

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    Actress Sienna Miller paired a tough studded jacket with a white floor-length Burberry gown.

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    "Iron Man 3" star Gwyneth Paltrow looks pretty in hot pink Valentino.

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    Actress and activist Jessica Alba accentuates her assets in Tory Burch.

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    It’s all roses from here until the pregnant reality star, in Riccardo Tisci, delivers her first child.

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    The actress gets sassy in an asymmetrical Alberta Ferretti.

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    The SNL star escorts his fiancé.

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    The "Mad Man" actress channels the punk swan look.

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    Punk means spiky hair and a full-length fishnet gown by Marc Jacobs.

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    The former ‘Sex and the City’ star gets fierce with her mohawk headpiece by Philip Treacy.

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    The Material Momma rocks a jacket over thigh high fishnets and hot pink spikes.

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    Hermione definitely has grown up, as proof by her glamorous hand-draped Prabal Gurung gown.

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    The actress wears Gucci -- and lots of feathers.

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    Punk apparently means looking conventional in a royal blue Tommy Hilfiger gown.

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    The singer had fashionistas seeing spots as she sports a form-hugging gown designed by her escort, Michael Kors.

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    The crooner crowns herself Dolce & Gabbana queen.

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    The Olympic skier and golfing great get excited over the chance to get out gym clothes.

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    The “Hunger Games’ actress dons a gold beaded Versace jacket – and not much else.

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    The “New Girl” star, in a one-shouldered Tommy Hilfiger gown, is nearly unrecognizable without her trademark bangs.

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    The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model covers up with a Diane Von Furstenberg gown.

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    The Oscar winner and “Hunger Games” star shuns punk to stun in Dior.

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    The “Mad Men” star wears Jason Wu.

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    The E! host goes metallic.

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    The “Once Upon a Time” star laid it on thick – the eye brows and eyelids, that is. The black trim theme carries through in her gold Tory Burch gown.

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    The actress wears a Saint Laurent gown that cuts away above her knees to show off her matching t-strap heels.

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    The actress is anything but punk in her billowing white Calvin Klein gown.

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    Orange you glad you’re here, Ashley?

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    The singer looks fierce in her studded J. Mendel gown.

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    The “Scandal” star spots black and blue Vera Wang and full-length leather gloves.

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    The “Game of Thrones” actress is the lady in Ralph Lauren red – and the oversized cross earring.

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    The actress wears a white zippered Givenchy gown and punks up the look with dark, vampish lipstick.

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    The gala’s honorary chair makes a grand entrance in Givenchy.

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We got the punk
Who knew that punk would become high fashion? That development seemed to crystallize in May, when the hallowed halls of The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a new Costume Institute exhibit, "Punk: Chaos to Culture," celebrating a movement that embraced anarchy in the 1970s. "Despite its best intentions, punk has come to symbolize integrity and authenticity," said curator Andrew Bolton.

The flat shoe, the pixie cut
Think short, ladies! In shoe stores this year, you could see a trend toward flats, including a notable reinterpretation of those chunky Birkenstocks. The first ripple effect would be comfort, of course, but the changes are more profound, notes Virginia Smith, Vogue's fashion market and accessories director: "Every woman wants a flat right now, and that has a big impact on fashion because it changes proportion." Another trend: pixie hair, on everyone from Michelle Williams to Anne Hathaway to Jennifer Lawrence. "It will have an effect beyond celebrity and the runway," Smith says. "A lot of these women are very influential."

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    Whether they’re for getting into a character or just a new look, stars' extreme haircuts tend to make headlines. Check out some of the most stunningly transformative 'dos celebrities have sported over the years.

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    Whether they're getting into a character or simply trying a new look, stars tend to make headlines when they opt for dramatic haircuts. Check out some of the most stunningly transformative 'dos celebrities have sported over the years.

    "The Big Bang Theory" Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Jan. 2014 with a long blonde mane. She showed off her new ‘do – a cute pixie cut—on Instagram, captioning the shot, "Thank you @clsymonds for bringing out my inner Peter Pan :) #byronbeverlyhills #justcutitoff." Hairstylist Christine Symonds styled Cuoco's shorter look, after the actress revealed a choppy bob haircut at the end of April.

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    Actress Kristen Wiig had long waves at "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" premiere on Dec. 18, 2013, but revealed a chic bob at the premiere of "The Spoils of Babylon" in Los Angeles on Jan. 7, 2014.

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    Whether they're getting into a character or simply trying a new look, stars tend to make headlines when they opt for extreme haircuts. Check out some of the most stunningly transformative 'dos celebrities have sported over the years.

    Former "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson's longer locks, left, are visible in Vienna, Austria, in March 2012. A pixie 'do was revealed in October 2013.

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    The singer posted a photo of her new pixie cut on Instagram on Aug. 7, 2013, proving she can make anything look glamorous. She had just wrapped her Mrs. Carter Tour, during which she accidentally got her hair stuck in a fan during a performance.

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    The gorgeous Oscar winner shaved off her golden locks in June 2012 for a role in the upcoming 2014 film "Mad Max: Fury Road."

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    Fashion-forward Rihanna revealed her new cropped haircut at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 6, 2012. Her longtime hairstylist, Ursula Stephan, insists her latest look was a long time coming. "[Rihanna] was ready for her short hair again!" Stephan told Us Weekly.

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    Forget sweet braids. Former “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus showed off a gravity-defying hairstyle at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 6. She tweeted about the dramatic change: “Never felt more me in my whole life.”

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    “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss ditched her dark hair for a short, blonde cut in August 2012. Not to worry: Her character, Peggy Olsen, will not have platinum locks in the show's upcoming season.

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    Actress Anne Hathaway sported a short new ‘do at the New York premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in July 2012. The star swapped her long, wavy tresses for a cropped cut to shoot her part in the upcoming film version of “Les Miserables.”

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    Drew Barrymore has gone through quite the hair evolution since she first came on the Hollywood scene as a little girl. In 2009, the actress arrived at a “Whip It” screening with an auburn tint to her naturally wavy locks. Two years later, she cut it all off into a blunt, blonde bob.

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    Pop star Britney Spears was known for her long, often-times blonde tresses before she shaved them all off at Esther’s Haircutting Studio in Tarzana, Calif. The drastic cut came immediately after her very brief stint in rehab in February 2007. These days, she’s back to blonde.

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    Radical hair transformations are nothing new for Demi Moore, who shaved it all off in 1997 for her role in “G.I. Jane.” But before that, she traded her long, dark locks for a stunning blonde bob, showing off her new look at the premiere of “Dances with Wolves” in November 1990.

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    At the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” actress Emma Watson officially shed a bit of her Potter past with an edgy, slicked-back style.

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    Actress Keri Russell shocked “Felicity” followers everywhere when she cut her curly, long hair in the fall of 1999, during the second season of the beloved television series. The show’s ratings didn’t recover quickly from the lost locks, but her hair certainly did.

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    Lenny Kravitz has kept his hair on the shorter side for a while, but once had a head full of dreads that some fans were sad to see go. "My look is not calculated at all," the musician once told VH1. "It's just hair."

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    Vidal Sassoon gave the waifish Mia Farrow this pixie cut at director Roman Polanski's request for her role in “Rosemary’s Baby” in 1967.

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    Michelle Williams cut her loose locks in 2011. The star told British Elle that she “cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair, and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it.”

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    Perhaps no one is more famous for looking pretty in a pixie cut than Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn. The star is also known for going from long to short on camera, in classics like "Sabrina" and "Roman Holiday."

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    Natalie Portman had to stay in character while her hair was buzzed off in a pivotal scene during the filming of "V for Vendetta." She didn't remain commando for long, growing it back slowly but surely in the months after.

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Trendsetter Miley
Speaking of influence, dare we call Miley Cyrus a trendsetter? She was already a trailblazer with her pixie cut from 2012, but hey, you probably were too busy watching the stuck-out tongue, teddy-bear leotard and nude bikini (which falls into the baring-it-all trend at the MTV Video Music Awards). Only weeks later, though, she was all elegance in sequined Marc Jacobs at the Night of Stars gala. Miley the fashion icon? Not by the standard definition. But heading into 2014 she was one of the most-watched people on the planet. "Blurred Lines," indeed. 

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    Fashion controversies of 2013

    From the runway to your local retailer, fashion designers (and lovers) definitely made themselves heard this past year. Take a look back at the biggest style stories of 2013.

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    From the runway to your local retailer, fashion designers (and lovers) definitely made themselves heard this past year. Take a look back at the biggest style controversies of 2013:

    PETA sent a graphic video from their angora factory investigation to major retailers who sell the soft rabbit fur, pleading with them to drop the fiber from their collections. And more than a few big companies, like H&M, Topshop and Esprit, have since ceased production of angora products.

    "As of Nov. 27, H&M stopped all production of angora products until we have secured that our strict product policy is being followed," a spokesperson for the U.K.-based retailer e-mailed TODAY.com in a statement on Dec. 17, adding that customers who have purchased angora products can return them for a full refund.

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    Against a lavish backdrop of floating lotus blossoms and a Shinto shrine, Katy Perry, 29, performed the AMAs opening act on Nov. 24 in powdery white makeup and a cleavage-baring kimono. Fan-wielding dancers fluttered across the stage, as some glided through the air with colorful umbrellas.

    The number triggered a flurry of tweets from viewers, many of whom accused Perry of appropriating Japanese culture and perpetuating harmful stereotypes of Asian women.

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    In March 2013, Lululemon Athletica’s too-sheer yoga pants transformed some women’s workouts into unintentional peep shows. The company fielded complaints, both about fabric that snags and pills easily and about customer service. The company shared a statement about those issues with NBCNews.com in early Nov.

    "Quality is of utmost importance to us," the statement said. "If any guest is experiencing an issue with their product that they believe to be related to quality, we encourage them to visit their local store or call our Guest Education Center so we can make it right."

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    On Sept. 15, Miss New York, Syracuse native Nina Davuluri, won the Miss America crown, and as soon as she did, Twitter lit up with comments suggesting she was an Arab, a foreigner, and a terrorist with ties to Al Qaeda.

    "I have to rise above that," she said, according to the AP. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."

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    On Aug. 15, "Watch What Happens Live" star Andy Cohen told his friend and Miss Universe pageant co-host of the past two years, E! News' Giuliana Rancic, that he turned the hosting gig down because he's "concerned for his safety."

    "The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested," he told Rancic, adding that he "didn't feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia."

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    Fashioner retailer H&M pulled a faux feather headdress from its American stores, following the same move by the chain’s Canadian stores that was prompted by complaints that the colorful hair piece was offensive to native tribal culture.

    The U.S. stores were told to stop selling the item, H&M spokeswoman Marybeth Schmitt told TODAY.com on Aug. 12.

    “We received three complaints about the item and we always want to listen to our customers and their feedback,” said Emily Scarlett, an H&M spokeswoman for Canada. “Because our intention was never to offend anyone, we chose to remove it from our shelves.”

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    Newlywed Natasha Samuel poured gasoline on her dress and set it on fire – while still wearing it.

    Israeli photographer Erik Simantov captured the stunt in May on video, as well as in a series of photographs. He told TODAY.com that the photo shoot was part of the “trash the dress” trend, in which brides destroy theirs gown and it’s all caught on camera.

    He knows that others, particularly Americans, have been skeptical and even critical of the idea. “They think about fire in a different way from us,” he said. “I know it’s dangerous, but most of the people like this photo.”

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    A crocodile T-shirt from Hermes (purveyor of handbags with price tags that regularly creep into the quadruple digits) was selling for whopping $91,500 at the brand’s Madison Avenue flagship store in March 2013.

    At time of publication, Hermes had not responded to TODAY.com’s request for comment, but a Hermes store associate told Fashionista.com that this line of shirts featuring “innovative” technology runs in the $60,000 to $100,000 range.

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    In a March 2013 interview with The New York Times, designer Vivienne Westwood – while discussing her “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum – took a few jabs at Michelle Obama’s wardrobe choices. "It’s dreadful what she wears," the designer said.

    The response, as expected, was less than forgiving, with readers calling Westwood a “very bitter and mean person,” “irrelevant” and even suggesting "someone’s in a snit because their clothes aren't being worn.”

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    While walking the 2013 Oscars red carpet in Feb., 22-year-old actress Jennifer Lawrence was shown photos from the 2013 Spring/Summer Dior ad campaign for the first time and remarked that they looked nothing like her.

    “Oh my God I haven’t seen this,’’ she told Access Hollywood. “That doesn’t look like me at all. I love Photoshop more than anything in the world.’’

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    In Feb., Skechers revealed their latest tween collection, called "Daddy's Money", and the marketing campaign for the sneaker wedges boasted the tagline: "Get spoiled with Daddy's money, ultra cool shoes that will put you in the spotlight with a dose of swag and a 2-inch hidden wedge."

    As expected, moms weren't too pleased about a new ad targeting tweens – one that puts undue pressure on dads' credit cards.

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    After many criticized the pale pink dress Anne Hathaway wore to the Academy Awards – largely due to its unfortunately-placed darts – there was still the issue of why the actress wasn't wearing her go-to designer, Valentino. To many, it felt like a snub, especially as Valentino's design house sent out a press release stating it was indeed dressing the "Les Miserables" star prior to the event.

    The A-lister felt prompted to release an official apology. "It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans," the actress said in a statement, according to PEOPLE magazine.

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    The Iranian Fars News Agency restricted first lady Michelle Obama's right to bare arms following her appearance at the Academy Awards by digitally altering her dress in an online report about the event. Obama's shoulder-baring Oscars dress became one with sleeves covering her shoulders and upper arms in the report.

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    When Vogue decided to pay tribute to the heroes of Hurricane Sandy in its Feb. 2013 issue, the magazine took a distinctly high-fashion approach: sticking supermodels in a set of stormy scenes alongside real first responders.

    But the glossy photos left a bad taste in some critics' mouths, coming off as insensitive or offensive.

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    German designer Phillipp Plein sent weapon-wielding models down his Autumn/Winter 2013 show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week on Jan. 14, 2013. The tattooed, menacing-looking strutters carried automatic weapons, wore gas masks, and were even body-painted with slogans such as "ONLY KILL FOR LOVE" and "LIFE'S A GAME AND IT'S NOT FAIR."

    Several outlets and fashion fans said Plein's latest shock factor show wasn't appreciated. "Fashion proved (once again) how painfully out of touch it can be with the rest of the world," wrote New York magazine reporter Hilary Moss.

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