We re-cap all the best bits of the year that we turned 10! See you in 2016.
2015 was a great year for Wonderland. We don’t like to boast, but we partied all night with Lindsay Lohan at our 10th birthday, we made 10 covers for our anniversary issue, we collaborated with the likes of Hedi Slimane, Ryan McGinley and Petra Collins and worked with superstars like Katy Perry, Little Mix, Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez and Lucky Blue. We’ve been busy.
Don’t worry, 2015 wasn’t all about us. Culture went well and truly pop around the world with the stratospheric rise of Justin Bieber breaking records set by The Beatles, the global sob when One Direction announced their hiatus and we all became obsessed with Lily Rose Depp, because, well, she’s Lily Rose Depp.
While pop might have ruled this year, 2015 was also the opportunity to break out of the norm. Kanye West headlined Glastonbury despite an angry mob of petition-signers trying to stop him. Grime climbed the charts in the UK and US and Britain’s MCs started to get the recognition they deserved. Finally our favourite revolutionary, Caitlyn Jenner, instantly became the poster-woman for trans-rights after her Vanity Fair cover and pioneered to increase everyone’s awareness surrounding the issues transgender people often have to face.
All in all, it’s been a pretty good year for pop culture. We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store. Here’s our favourite moments from the 2015.
Best Music Video
Winner: Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
Ok, so we haven’t got the album yet but BBHMM was almost enough to keep us satisfied all year. Ri’s saturated offering of nudity, drugs, violence and adventure sparked a thousand think pieces and we almost had as much fun reading them and rolling our eyes as we did making gifs of the video. An anthem and a badass one at that.
Runner Up: Drake – “Hotline Bling”
It’s Drake, dad dancing, what more could you ask for? If you say you haven’t tried to replicate this dance when the song comes on in a club then you’re a liar. Or just boring.
Winner: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
We could have put almost any song from To Pimp A Butterfly in the top spot with no regrets. “Alright” is a rip roaring call to solidarity that was poignantly chanted by protestors at the Black Lives Matter conference and stuck with us ever since.
Runner Up: Fetty Way – “Trap Queen”
Just a bit of a banger tbh. Don’t think anyone can really argue with that.
Winner: Justin Bieber
Well Biebs hadn’t really gone anywhere, it’s his transformation we’re admiring him for. This year he got up to all sorts including being ridiculed on TV in the name of entertainment, landing a CK campaign, making tracks with Diplo and Skrillex, giving tell-all interviews about how he’s a grown up now and finally, dropping an incredible album. JB’s a man now and a talented one at that having smashed records set by The Beatles when 17 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 100, the most in one week by one artist since the Fab Four had 14 at once in 1964 (a total that Drake managed to match twice this year too).
Runner Up: Adele
She’s just the queen really, whether you’re like Adele’s music or not, there’s no-one who can do what she does. “Hello” has had 857million views in 2 months, anyone else managed that, hands up?
Honorable Mention: Agyness Deyn
We couldn’t leave out Aggy after we put her on our Winter Issue cover! She made the most stylish comeback of all, bejewelled and on a Saint Laurent catwalk, the stuff of dreams.
Best Collection: Gucci Menswear SS16
Alessandro Michele has gone beyond our wildest dreams for what Gucci could have become in 2015. Taking over the reigns rather speedily, he transformed the tired conventions of one of the world’s most revered fashion houses into a youthful, vibrant and most importantly, a playful indicator of what luxury fashion can be in 2015 (or rather to be worn in 2016).
Runner Up: Vetements RTW SS16
Demna Gvasalia is calling all young things, and old things, any things who don’t take themselves to seriously. All things who could burn up and dance floor, or any floor, basically. The club kids have been dissected for SS16. Gosha Rubchinskiy led the show down the runway in a DHL t shirt and leather trousers, why? Why not. Cropped hair, Titanic hoodies, anything and everything goes. It just needs to be Vetements, or obscure enough for you to pretend that it is.
Special Mention: Loewe’s eponymous print and Miu Miu’s boots
Best Pop Culture Moment: Shia LaBeouf Watching All His Films In Succession
This was peak 2015. Shia is our favourite hot mess. After him shouting “JUST DO IT” and before he opened his phone line so you could touch his soul, his personal marathon ensued. It’s still a bit of a mystery why he wanted to spend three days watching all of his own cinematic moments with a live audience, but he did, and the reactions provided us with enough memes to last until 2016 is over.
Worst Pop Culture Moment: One Direction Announcing Their Hiatus
Ok so Zayn’s gone, we’d just about recovered from that, now the rest of One Direction have decided is the right moment to have some time off. Our tiny aching hearts are still healing. At least we’ve still got Bieber, for now.
Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Runner Up: Tangerine
The film that’s taking on the Academy Awards, Tangerine is pioneering in more than one way. Firstly shot entirely on iPhones (don’t get any ideas, we’re not all directors waiting to be discovered), this dark comedy follows two transgender women on the less than shiny streets of Hollywood, working the corners. Caitlyn Jenner is campaigning for Mya Taylor to receive an Academy Award as supporting actress. Watch this space.
Best Wonderland Moment
Winner: FKA twigs’ Six Pack
One of the weirdest and most wonderful things we’ve ever done, reuniting Matthew Stone, Matthew Josephs and FKA twigs brought us a mixed gender mythological creature dressed in Givenchy haute couture. We hope you’ve got the poster on your wall.
Runner Up: Katy Perry’s Eyebrows
You would not believe the scandal we caused by bleaching Katy Perry’s eyebrows. Have a little scroll online at the posts about this cover and you can see for yourself. Here’s some advice for 2016, if you get your hands on a global pop icon, don’t bleach their brows, unless you’re ready for the backlash.