We’re in reflection mode here at Vogue Runway, and the highs and lows of 2019 are perfectly organized on our Instagram feed. Unsurprisingly, the photos our 5 million followers liked, commented on, and shared the most became the biggest stories of the year.
So what stood out? In first place was our video of Issey Miyake’s dresses in motion, though Ariana Grande’s viral August cover also made our Top 9. Plenty of celebrities got your double-taps, in fact, like Katy Perry in Moschino at the Met Gala and Jennifer Lopez in a mirrored Tom Ford ensemble at the Oscars. Still, it was Karl Lagerfeld’s death that feels the most significant on this list. You left hundreds of heartfelt comments, and a whopping 105,484 of you (and counting) liked the image. It’s difficult to imagine another designer having a career like Lagerfeld’s—he spent 54 years at Chanel and 36 at Fendi—but let’s hope 2020 brings us a new wave of talents to rally behind.
Scroll through all of 2019’s most trending moments below, and be sure to follow @VogueRunway to stay updated on our coverage every day.
Post date: September 27, 2019
The event: Issey Miyake’s Spring 2020 show
Who’s photographed: Models dancing in featherweight dresses at Paris fashion week
Why you loved this image: When frocks floated down at Satoshi Konodo’s performance-based show, our contributor Luke Leitch raced to catch it all on camera. Both calming and electrifying, the clip is so satisfying that it sailed to the #1 spot.
Post date: February 19, 2019
The event: Karl Lagerfeld’s death
Who’s photographed: Karl Lagerfeld and his beloved cat, Choupette
Why you loved this image: “What I love best in life is new starts,” Lagerfeld once said. This intimate image of Lagerfeld working up his next collection pulled our heartstrings and has no doubt inspired fashion students everywhere.
Post date: September 19, 2019
The event: Silvia Venturini’s Spring 2020 show
Who’s photographed: Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid
Why you loved this image: Jenner traded her signature brown locks for a fresh blonde chop for the Spring 2020 season. Here, she had a twinning moment with her friend and fellow super, Gigi Hadid, backstage at the Fendi show.
Post date: February 24, 2019
The event: The Oscars
Who’s photographed: Jennifer Lopez
Why you loved this image: Tom Ford’s mirrored gown had J.Lo’s name all over it, and it was only fitting she wear it to the Oscars. We couldn’t take our eyes off this sophisticated, light-catching look.
Post date: February 8, 2019
The event: Tomo Koizumi’s Fall 2019 show
Who’s photographed: Gwendoline Christie
Why you loved this image: As if Tomo Koizumi’s rainbow explosion gowns weren’t jaw-dropping enough, seeing them on Game of Thrones’s Gwendoline Christie made its viral moment. At press time, this video is pushing close to one million views.
Post date: May 6, 2019
The event: The Met Gala 2019
Who’s photographed: Bella Hadid, Stella Maxwell, Jeremy Scott, Katy Perry, Sarah Catherine Paulson, and Tracee Ellis Ross
Why you loved this image: Talk about a major Moschino moment. Katy Perry showed up twinkling from head to toe in the label’s surreal chandelier gown, then posed with Scott and his other muses.
Post date: May 18, 2019
The event: Vogue, June 2019
Who’s photographed: Kendall Jenner
Why you loved this image: This photo of Kendall Jenner in Vogue’s June 2019 issue had us fantasizing about a tropical getaway. Between the lush greenery and the vivid Carolina Herrera dress, it was ultimate #summergoals.
Post date: October 28, 2019
The event: The Governor’s Awards gala
Who’s photographed: Dakota Johnson
Why you loved this image: Johnson attended the Governor’s Awards in the ivory satin skirt and bra top straight from Brandon Maxwell’s Spring 2020 runway. It was a fresh twist on the classic ballgown that will likely inspire lot of brides to try something similar.
Post date: July 9, 2019
The event: Vogue’s August 2019 issue cover
Who’s photographed: Ariana Grande
Why you loved this image: As the only solo artist to ever occupy the five top spots on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, Grande made sure 2019 was her year. Snagging a Vogue cover was the cherry on top.
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