After much debate, the enthusiastic, idiosyncratic lists were whittled down to an essential, agreed-upon 10.

By Balthazar Malevolent


How do you pick a decade's most important collections? The ones which have had a lasting impact? As far as runways are concerned, the 2010s started with New York's Spring 2010 shows in September 2009; they ended when haute couture shows wrapped up in Paris in the Fall of 2019.

As for outcomes? Rei Kawakubo's minimalist manifesto of Comme des Garcons first collection on our list and the sharp match with a sustainability backstory that Sarah Burton has created at Alexander McQueen for 2019. That paints a picture of a ten-year shift from chic utilitarianism influenced by the Great Recession to resourceful elegance informed by climate change terrors. It was the years that produced the most news in the middle of the decade.

No surprise, the list contains lots of new beginnings — the industry loves nothing more than a fresh start. But an era-defining, influencing swan song also made the cut. In our mix you will find career highs together with the collections that have changed the course of fashion — the silhouette of the clothes and the look of the models who wore them. If the 2010s were a decade of change, this list was nevertheless shaped and molded by the dominant forces of the era. Iconic labels edged out fierce independents, and male designers outnumbered females. But who knows for how long: Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior, Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy, Virginie Viard at Chanel - this is the story of the recent haute couture shows.

Freedom of expression was always a thing for Rick Owens, but here he opened the door to a new chapter, liberating himself from the ancient rules of fashion for good and jumping into a new era of runway diversity in the process.

Here, our top 10 collections of the 2010s, in chronological order.

Comme des Garçons Fall 2012

Saint Laurent Fall 2013

Rick Owens Spring 2014

Chanel Fall 2014

Louis Vuitton Spring 2015

Gucci Fall 2015

Vetements Fall 2015

Balenciaga Fall 2016

Valentino Spring 2019 Haute Couture

Alexander McQueen Fall 2019

Comme des Garçons Fall 2012.Saint Laurent Fall 2013.Rick Owens Spring 2014.Chanel Fall 2014.Louis Vuitton Spring 2015.Gucci Fall 2015.Vetements Fall 2015.Balenciaga Fall 2016.Valentino Spring 2019 Haute Couture.Alexander McQueen Fall 2019.
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