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Top beauty and style headlines of 2013

- December 20th, 2013

Do you feel like you missed out on lifestyle headlines this year? Were you too distracted by family, work, or crack scandals to check-in each week? Here’s what you missed.

Karl Lagerfeld mouthed off - a lot

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Karl Lagerfeld. (Patrick Hoffmann/WENN.com)

It’s unclear whether the designer is snarkier now that he’s longer in the tooth (any vampire inferences here are on you), or if his rants are just getting more exposure – either way, BFF Choupette was diving under silk pillows in embarrassment this year.

Speaking of Choupie, Lagerfeld went on record saying he was in love with his cat and created an accessories line inspired by her. He also said Coco Chanel would have hated him, insinuated that Facebook encourages stupidity (fair), and blamed people who are “too fat” for the “hole in social security” on French TV show Le Grand 8.

By the end of the year, a rights group called Pretty, Curvy, Sexy and Fine With It filed an official lawsuit against him for his ongoing jackass remarks.

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A model walks the runway during the Chanel “Metiers d’Art” show in Dallas, Texas, on Dec. 10, 2013. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Chanel/AFP)

For its own part, Chanel showed headdresses and other Native American-inspired dress on the runway at a Dallas show and then released a sort of a non-apology to fashion blog Fashionista when it was “misinterpreted” and “seen as offensive”.

The fashion house also named Kristen Stewart as its new face – which clearly isn’t in the same league, but no doubt causes offence to people with even the most meagre allotment of good taste.

A vagina T-shirt went viral

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(American Apparel)

Toronto artist Petra Collins created a brouhaha when her “Period Power” T-shirt for American Apparel got a mention on lifestyle blog Jezebel, provoking both disgust and praise for its graphic depiction of a woman enjoying her menstruating vagina. Holla.

Lululemon cheesed people off

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(REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files)

It began in March, when the activewear company had to apologize and offer full refunds for accidentally showing off ladies’ bums in their luon pant.

Then in November, when asked about the sheer pants during an interview, founder Chip Wilson more or less said that women’s thighs were the problem, engendering even more public backlash and his resignation.

Dolce and Gabbana were sentenced to prison

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Stefano Gabbana, Katy Perry and Domenico Dolce at the MET gala in New York, May 2013. (WENN.com)

This one was a sleeper hit – and Lord knows why – because it had all the makings of a fabulous Lifetime made-for-TV movie. (Ummmm, Enrico Colantoni for Dolce?)

The designer duo was sentenced to 20 months in prison in for illegally transferring control of their brands to Luxenbourg holding company Gado (another combination of their names) to avoid paying about $1.3 billion in taxes. The pair will begin serving time at the end of the appeals process – meaning “never”.

Michelle Obama got bangs

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Michelle Obama. (REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

Just in time for her husband’s second presidential inauguration in January, Obama debuted blunt bangs and the whole of American lifestyle media was all “Oh no you did-n’t!” and then she was all “Let’s tackle childhood obesity, guys,” and then we were all “What does Laureen Harper have going up top these days?” Just kidding. But Obama’s bangs did create a stir.

Goop excluded everyone

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Gwyneth Paltrow. (WENN.com)

Are you white, wealthy, thin and – paradoxically – into trendy cuisine? Then Goop’s 2013 run was for you. If not, you probably would have felt sidelined reading Gwyneth Paltrow’s online magazine.

Our very scientific data collected from trolling her newsletter between Jan. 1 and Nov. 14 showed that out of the 40 model shots in Goop editorials and collaboration ads, 30 were whitesix were Gwynnie herselfthree were non-white and one was indeterminate (I think it was a finger or something). Truly shameful, Ms. P!

Other Goop highlights include:

New York Fashion Week lacked diversity, too

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Models walks for fashion designer Calvin Klein during New York fashion week, on Sept. 12, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/MEHDI TAAMALLAH)

According to Jezebel, 82.7% of runway models at NYFW were white (still a better record than Goop) – but this year, industry insiders did something about it. Naomi Campbell and Iman teamed up with other models to form the Diversity Coalition, which released an email that publicly shamed fashion houses – like Calvin Klein, Armani and Versace – for the role they played in what’s essentially racism.

Side note: Campbell also admitted to not eating for the 10 days prior to walking in a Versace runway show. So it wasn’t all rational thinking.

Kim Kardashian went blond

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Kim Kardashian. (WENN.com)

It’s not so much that Kardashian went ombre honey blond, it’s how shockingly good she looked with lighter locks. It’s like she wants us to dislike her.

Anne Hathaway dyed her hair platinum blond for three weeks, but no one really cared. Put it in your blog, Annie.

The top bun ardently refused to go away

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Vanessa Hudgens. (Euan Cherry/WENN.com)

In fact, it grew in popularity, height, and versatility. The hairdo that began as a handy way to get around a head tilt in yoga’s shavasana pose grew into an urban coping mechanism for bad hair days – and finally dispersed into suburban malls. Barf!

Duchess Catherine made pregnancy look good

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/POOL/John Stillwell)

Even when she had to pose on a windy cruise ship, even when she had to wear a big ‘ol hat to her grandmother-in-law’s garden party - even when she was hospitalized for acute morning sickness!

And when she was done making pregnancy look good, she totally sold us on families in hers and Prince William’s family pictures with baby George.

Short hair happened

Several ladies, including Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Hudson, and Beyonce, chopped their locks to pretty mixed reviews – but who cares? While they were out making things happen the rest of us were spending an extra 45 minutes a day washing, drying, and styling fussy biomaterial.

What did we miss? Should Kate Upton’s Vogue cover have made the list? I was on the fence about that one.

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