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We were sure that fashion would get its proverbial act together in 2017, but every now and then, the industry let its thoughtless actions get the better of it. For instance, designers continued to pair their sartorial offerings with very questionable cornrows, and both fast fashion and luxury labels played the good old grand theft fashion game — stealing clutch designs, Insta-gold packaging, mink coats and more from other, lesser-known names. Thievery and cultural appropriation aside, this year also met mishaps with a social media-made music festival, racial and gender stereotyping in photoshoots and a now-infamous soft drink commercial starring Kendall Jenner.

We're hoping that 2018 is better — or at least, that these designers, retailers, models and editors stop repeating the mistakes that continually get them into hot water. Click through the gallery below for a refresher on all the painfully awkward moments and fails of 2017. If all goes well, this will be the last year these gaffes wind up on one of these lists

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All the Fashion Details on Meghan Markle’s Christmas Debut

All the Fashion Details on Meghan Markle’s Christmas Debut

Meghan Markle stepped out for her very first Christmas with the royal family and all eyes were on, what else, her ensemble for the special occasion!

The 36-year-old actress and activist appeared to be all smiles as she stood alongside Kate Middleton, Prince Williamand her soon-to-be husband Prince Harryoutside of the church near Sandringham.

Based on today's look, it's quite clear that Harry's fiancé has had no troubles at all transitioning into royal dressing traditions and is already making her mark with her own sense of style.

Markle wore a Sentaler camel-colored wrap coat for $1,295, a matching suede Chloe Pixie bag for $1,550 and a fantastic pair of Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots that'll cost you around $800.

It also seems as Markle has taken a page from Middleton's book as she re-wore a pair of earrings (her Birks snowflake pair that tally up to $6,000) for the church appearance.

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How Social Media Has Changed FashionWhen

How Social Media Has Changed FashionWhen I was a little girl, I pined over my only portal into the fashion world: the glossy pages of magazines. If you had told me that one day, I would have direct access to the crazy world of fashion from a tiny phone screen, I would have brushed it off as something from The Matrix. I grew up in what is now referred to as the “traditional” fashion era, and I was obsessed with all things fashion. Those magazines were my bible, and I acted on just about every word.

At the time, I had a sense that I was far removed from the glamorous world of fashion, but I did not understand the extent to which trends were decided for me. Industry gatekeepers—like buyers for major retailers and magazine editors—kept fashion exclusive. They had their kingdom of trend-happy consumers under tight control. Fashion Weeks consisted of runway shows where high-profile editors and endorsed celebrities sat in the front row, and the chosen pieces from designer collections would not be seen in stores for another four to six months.

This model worked well for some time, but the rise of social media has diversified the power of fashion in many ways. The magazine editors and buyers still hold powerful influence, but the equation has expanded to include the voice of the average consumer.

Consumers are smarter than ever because of the variety of products to choose from, the constant evolution of technology and the all-access mindset of social media. As they say, knowledge is power. Today’s landscape of fashion is changing dramatically, and the average consumer is becoming more and more empowered.

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