It was a year of highs, lows, and some strides of progress in the fashion industry. From fashion activism to more diverse runways and conversation-starting red carpets, 2018 brought about some positive change in the fashion world. But there were also some notable controversies and the loss of several prominent design icons as well. As the year comes to an end, we're taking a look back at all the biggest moments that meant the most in fashion.
23. Nancy Pelosi’s Red Power Coat
Following a heated meeting with President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi captured everyone’s attention not only with her fiery words, but with her red power coat by Max Mara. While exiting the White House like a true boss, Pelosi caused the internet to collectively obsess over her outerwear choice. Memes spread instantly, a Twitter account called “Nancy Pelosi’s Red Coat” was born, and The Boston Globedubbed it “Big Coat Energy.”
The infatuation with Pelosi’s coat was so immense that Max Mara decided to reissue the design (originally from its 2012 collection) in honor of the House leader. It will be available to shop in 2019—proving the influence of politics in fashion.