Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

From negronis to periods, what got the Stylist office talking in 2015?


In a year when global crises and conflict made 2015 memorable for all the wrong reasons, we remember the news which captured the zeitgeist for all the right ones

Talking points 2015 blood moon

It started with the discovery of Kepler-452b in July, which was hailed as the most important planet ever found beyond the solar system due to its size, how long it takes to orbit the sun and the similarity of its conditions to earth. By September we were gripped with the news that life could exist on Mars after salt water was observed on its craters, before witnessing a total lunar eclipse combined with a super moon to create the incredible Blood Moon later that month.

Talking points 2015 equality party

As election fever took hold at the start of the year, there was one thing we could all agree on: there were simply not enough female voices in politics. So we cheered when the Women’s Equality Party (WEP) was created by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig and writer Catherine Mayer in March. Led by Sophie Walker, WEP debuted its policies in October, including tackling the gender pay gap and violence against women, and is now recruiting ahead of May’s local elections.

Talking points 2015 period tax

From live tweeting them to debating them in the House of Commons, never have periods been more openly discussed. Tory MP Bill Cash was made to say ‘tampon’ by MP Stella Creasy during October’s ‘tampon tax’ debate while protestors stood bleeding through their clothes outside Parliament. We also cheered for Kiran Gandhi, the 26-year-old who ran the London Marathon without a tampon to raise awareness for women who don’t have access to sanitary products – especially timely given the millions of women affected by the current refugee crisis.

Talking points 2015 Taylor Swift squad

2015 may have introduced us to the euphemism ‘Netflix and chill’ but the most common terms of endearment were condensed into two three-letter words that suddenly became ubiquitous. ‘Hun’ (used ironically) and ‘bae’ (before anyone else) reached alarming heights of popularity, with ‘bae’ appearing on T-shirts and in more than eight million Instagram posts. And don’t get us started on referring to our friendship group as a ‘squad’ like Taylor Swift. Warning: use only with a liberal dose of irony…

Talking points 2015 Rachel Dolezal NAACP

Three women had secrets unmasked in 2015. Essena O’Neill revealed her seemingly glamorous life to be a sham to 600,000 Instagram followers, Australian Belle Gibson went into hiding when her wellness empire was exposed as a lie – not only had she not cured herself of cancer, she’d never had it, and, most famously, African-American Rachel Dolezal, an activist for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was outed as white by her parents. The moral? Be yourself.

Talking points 2015 Ben Wishaw

If there’s one British actor who can look back on 2015 with satisfaction, it’s Ben Whishaw. The 35-year-old managed to appear in not just one but three major British films – historical drama Suffragette, indie hit The Lobster and Bond blockbuster Spectre – and also had the Stylist office speculating endlessly every Tuesday morning after the latest episode of BBC2’s cult show London Spy. Next on Whishaw’s agenda? Ron Howard’s Moby Dick epic In The Heart Of The Sea and appearing alongside Eddie Redmayne in Oscar bait The Danish Girl.

Talking points 2015 same sex marriage ruling US Supreme Court

In May’s landmark referendum, Ireland surprised the world by becoming the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. The overwhelming majority (62% backed the bill) was a historic moment for the traditionally conservative country. Just over a month later, 26 million Facebook users celebrated the US Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage was legal in all states with a profile picture filter in the colours of the gay pride flag.

Talking points 2015 negroni cocktails

Forget the aperol spritz – in 2015 you couldn’t open up a cocktail menu without spotting the classic (and lethally strong) combination of campari, dark vermouth and gin with a twist of orange peel. Invented in 1919 in Florence, many bartenders added their own twist to the bitter Italian creation with Stylist staff raving about the pink peppercorn negroni at chic Bar Termini in the capital’s Soho, while purists rated the consistently high-quality classic at London’s Hawksmoor.

Words: Zoë Beaty
Photography: BBC pictures
Illustrations: Hattie Stewart

To read this week's issue of Stylist, download from app.stylist.co.uk


Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 10.22.15.png

Video sees children explain why Santa couldn't be a woman


Lucy Mangan celebrates the best bits of 2015


Watch: can these 36 questions make strangers fall in love?


The 10 biggest food trends of 2015


Love Actually's Emma Freud reveals facts we never knew about the film


David's Bridal launches UK campaign featuring plus-size model


Travel trends of 2016: the hottest places to holiday next year


A look at reproductive rights around the world


Why Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres are talking about this picture


Students told to submit dresses for approval ahead of school dance

“These are the roots of rape culture, frankly”

by Amy Swales
19 Sep 2017

This is why hardly any men are taking shared parental leave in the UK

Women are still doing the lion’s share of childcare, while men go out to work

by Moya Crockett
19 Sep 2017

Woman finally approaches rush-hour crush, ends up marrying him

She waited a year for him to notice her – and then she took matters into her own hands

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Sep 2017

Dreaming of buying a French Bulldog? Read this first

The secret cost of that Instagram-perfect pup

by Amy Swales
19 Sep 2017

Cookie dough fans, your perfect store is coming to London

We HAVE to try the cookie dough clouds

by Megan Murray
19 Sep 2017

Hilarious Instagram account fulfills all our eavesdropping dreams

‘Overheard London’ documents the capital's weirdest conversations – ever

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Sep 2017

This guy has a creative way of helping his girlfriend’s depression

His post has stolen the hearts of the online community

by Susan Devaney
19 Sep 2017

Love Actually is getting a musical makeover for Christmas

It involves a live orchestra

by Amy Swales
19 Sep 2017

A Hillary Clinton-inspired Nasty Women exhibition has arrived

Because if the US election taught us anything, it’s that misogyny is still rife

by Susan Devaney
19 Sep 2017

Uber forced to apologise for sexist ‘Wife Appreciation Day’ message

“Thank you, Uber, for defining gender roles.”

by Moya Crockett
19 Sep 2017