As we look forward to welcoming 2012 with open arms, we must also look back on a year that has had quite its fill of fashion highs and lows. Needless to say, there's never a dull moment in the industry and we've loved every second of its sartorial suspense, trendy takeaways, dresses to-die-for, red carpet sizzles, model moments, and of-the-minute style inspiration. It's safe to say 2011 was one for the books and to bid it adieu properly, we're highlighting the year's biggest and most fashion news headlines. Want to know what made our jaws drop? Click through to find out the five biggest fashion headlines of the year.
A pregnant Beyoncé Knowles hit the NYC streets today in a daring gray minidress and a towering bun with bangs. The singer has been out and about in the Big Apple almost every day lately, and last night, she and Jay-Z spent the evening at Frames Bowling Lounge with friends including La La and Carmelo Anthony. B has a lot to celebrate these days in both her personal and professional life. She recently released two new videos, "Love on Top" and "Countdown," from her album 4. Beyoncé also will launch a maternity line, and during her pregnancy, she's kept her own style as sexy as ever in a rotating wardrobe of short dresses and stilettos. Jay-Z and Beyoncé's child is due in February, and yesterday, her mother, Tina Knowles, said they know the gender of the baby! Despite it, the couple are keeping the sex of their firstborn under wraps for now.
Beyoncé Knowles attended the J.Crew presentation this morning during Fashion Week with her sister, Solange Knowles, before heading to Vera Wang and Rodarte shows. The sisters struck a pose at Lincoln Center as Beyoncé showed off her growing baby bump in a shimmery, gold dress. The superstar, who's expecting her first baby, looked radiant during the stylish festivities today. Beyoncé was without husband Jay-Z as she took a look at some of the latest womenswear, but the pair were together recently for a couple's brunch and the US Open. Jay and B headed back home to the Big Apple last week after a trip to Croatia and Venice in celebration of Beyoncé's 30th birthday, during which they caught up with good friends like Erykah Badu and Gwyneth Paltrow and enjoyed some time yachting on the water.
Beyoncé Knowles unbuttoned her Dolce & Gabbana blazer and showed off her baby bump at the end of her VMA performance this evening. Beyoncé did an amazing rendition of "Love on Top" from her album 4 and at the end she took the chance to embrace her growing belly in front of all her fans. Beyoncé announced her pregnancy on the red carpet this morning and she kicked off her performance by saying to the crowd, "I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me." Her husband Jay-Z was in the audience, and he beamed while Beyoncé stripped down and Kanye West gave him congratulatory pats on the back. Jay-Z and Kanye performed "Otis" earlier in the show, but Beyoncé stole the show with her exciting announcement.