2016 may have been an awful year for most when it came to politics and celebrity culture, but all things considered, it had its perks in the areas of fashion and entertainment. It also marked significant milestones for me, personally — getting published on The Huffington Post, turning 18 years old, officially becoming a senior in high school, beginning the process of applying to colleges, getting accepted to one of my top choice universities, and essentially, growing up. It was the year that I truly began to come into myself — making life-changing decisions about my future and considering all the possibilities that lay ahead. And so here’s to the struggles and accomplishments, and the unforeseen future.
Every year brings with it new trends, some of which are here to stay, and some of which fade with time. And then there’s those that remain evergreen…
My ultimate favorite fashion bloggers in 2016 were two very talented Muslim women who combined the latest trends by layering their outfits in the most beautiful ways. Their looks are truly inspiring, and go to show how modesty never compromises expressing yourself. On a side note, I need their entire wardrobe asap.
Among western trends were high-waisted flared trousers, pleated skirts, knee-length boots, cold-shoulder tops, large trenchcoats worn across the shoulders, knitted scarves, velvet boots, and of course, choker necklaces.
Tahereh Mafi, author of the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series has always been one of my absolute favorite fashion icons. She, too, is a hijabi who brings a whole other meaning to the turban style — with her wildly colorful outfits and strange but unique combinations, she manages to make every outfit look like a masterpiece.
Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, two of the highest-paid actresses in Bollywood, are also known for making their mark in the fashion industry. Wearing popular designs by Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra, their looks are elegant and refined, cultured and sophisticated.
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Sonam Kapoor attends the “From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres)” premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
I, for one, am thrilled for what 2017 will bring to the fashion industry — not just in the West, but around the world.
F A V O R I T E M O V I E S
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A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she’s taking care of.
The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago’s South Side.
This story explores love – the shapes it takes, the ways it changes us and the exhilarating and often terrifying ride it takes us on. It is the journey of two characters, Alizeh and Ayan, as they navigate life, love and heartbreak.
Biographical sports drama on former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters’ struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gothan City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known.
An epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger ShereKhan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory, who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin and Nemo. When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom and dad, Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank, a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey, a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
F A V O R I T E T V S H O W S
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This thrilling Netflix-original drama stars award-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 — inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences. When Joyce’s 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl.
Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, to so much more than anyone would expect.
This gritty, action-packed drama follows the evolution of Luke Cage (Mike Colter), a man with super strength and unbreakable skin caused by a sabotaged experiment. After a failed relationship with fellow superhero Jessica Jones, Cage tries to rebuild a quiet life in Harlem, New York –until he is pulled out of the shadows and forced into a battle for his city. Along the way, Cage cannot avoid confronting his past, which he has worked hard to bury. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” is the third show in the Netflix-original Defenders series.
Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.
Eight strangers around the globe find themselves connected — first by a violent vision, then by their shared ability to connect with one another’s thoughts and actions, and finally by the urgent need to find out what happened and why. Their need to know goes beyond simple curiosity — as they pursue answers, a mysterious organization hunts them down, intent on destroying them. The intense thriller is the first foray into television (or, more accurately, Netflix) for renowned filmmakers Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski (“The Matrix Reloaded”), who created the series with J. Michael Straczynski (“Thor”). The international cast includes veteran actors known to U.S. audiences, like Daryl Hannah (“Kill Bill”) and Naveen Andrews (“Lost”), and others well-known in their home countries, like German actor Max Riemelt and Doona Bae of South Korea. In keeping with the global premise of the series, shooting takes place all over the world, including London, Reykjavik, Nairobi and Mumbai.
A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.
What were some of your favorites from 2016? Let me know in the comments!