Alexander McQueen RTW Fall 2009
Jan. 7: Isaac Mizrahi unveils his first collection for Liz Claiborne. He shows his fall line in April at the New York Stock Exchange, a first for the trading floor.
Jan. 8: Hart Schaffner Marx launches a line based on suits worn by President-elect Obama. Days after the inauguration, the company files for Chapter 11.
Jan. 13: Brushing aside rumors that he’s parting ways with Nina Ricci, Olivier Theyskens shows elaborate looks for pre-fall. While he insists he is “totally committed to Nina Ricci” and Puig president Mario Grauso expresses satisfaction with his work, Theyskens is gone following his fall 2009 show in March, to be replaced by Peter Copping.
Jan. 14: Vera Wang is inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. The former competitive ice skater has designed costumes for skaters, most famously Nancy Kerrigan.
Jan. 15: Thom Browne makes a pitch for true uniformity (even with cropped, ankle-baring trousers). His installation at Pitti Uomo features 40 models all dressed in identical ensembles, typing in unison.
Jan. 15: Power duo Mert and Marcus comes out with two new ads: Victoria Beckham for Emporio Armani underwear and an oddly Beckham-like Katie Holmes modeling Miu Miu.
Jan. 16: Though he’s only 38, Hussein Chalayan is preparing for a retrospective at London’s Design Museum. Avant-garde hits such as his table dress and LED light-enabled designs will be shown, along with his 1993 student collection for Central Saint Martins, in which he buried all the clothes in his backyard before exhibiting them.
Jan. 21: Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo are catapulted into the history books as First Fashion Plate Michelle Obama chooses their designs for Inauguration Day and the inaugural ball, respectively. Toledo provides a celadon coat and dress, while Wu’s white gown prompts a presidential exclamation of “How good looking is my wife?”
Jan. 23: Understatement of the Year alert: “He’s really into sneakers,” says Marc Jacobs of Kanye West. The rapper and fashion enthusiast says he owns about 400 pairs, and he is designing a monochromatic sneaker line for Louis Vuitton inspired by the sci-fi movie “Dune.”
Jan. 28: Karl Lagerfeld commissions hairstylist Katsuya Kamo to turn Office Depot copy paper into elaborate headpieces that match his all-white lineup of suits and gowns.
Jan. 29: “Making expensive dresses doesn’t make any sense,” says country-chart-topper Taylor Swift, who delivers her L.E.I. line of cotton dresses to retail for $14 at Wal-Mart.
Jan. 29: Those nostalgic for Betsey Johnson back in her Paraphernalia and Alley Cat days cheer the news that she’s teaming with Opening Ceremony to re-release 35 of her greatest hits from that era, due out in the fall.
Jan. 30: “Even I know you’re famous for stripes,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy says in honoring Sonia Rykiel at the Elysées Palace. Jean-Louis Scherrer also is decorated at the event.
Feb. 4: Mayor Bloomberg announces New York Fashion Week will be moving to Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center for the September 2010 shows. Ariel Foxman, InStyle managing editor, says, “You have to love that fashion week is moving to the site that’s already home to the Big Apple Circus.”
Feb. 4: Juergen Teller snaps Pamela Anderson reading Plato’s “The Republic” at Vivienne Westwood. (And no, the book wasn’t upside-down.)
Feb. 5: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen launch men’s wear for their label, The Row.
Feb. 13: Independent boutique Georgina shutters its two Long Island branches, part of a dispiriting trend of shop closings that include Linda Dresner in Manhattan and Los Angeles’ Tracey Ross.
Feb. 14: Newcomer Prabal Gurung, who’s worked at Bill Blass, shows his debut collection in New York. He calls his line, “clothes for the thinking man’s sex symbol. Dare I say, for the anti-Paris Hilton.” His dresses later land on Oprah and Demi Moore.
Feb. 14: Yigal Azrouël doesn’t believe the old saw “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” So he’s peeved Ashley Dupre, Client No. 9’s favorite call girl, ended up in his front row. Azrouël dismisses Kelly Cutrone, who was handling front of house for the show. “We’re all hookers in one way or another,” Cutrone reflects a day later.
Feb. 16: For the under-12 set, the hot ticket this season is the Barbie fashion show in Bryant Park, which features plenty of editors sitting with their daughters as models show off life-size Barbie creations by the likes of Michael Kors and Marchesa.
Feb. 17: Giorgio Armani opens a flagship on Fifth Avenue.
Feb. 19: UFC fighters inspire Narciso Rodriguez’s tough collection of camouflage prints and masklike helmets.
Feb. 20: Brian Reyes’ models literally fall victim to the precarious high heels at his show, so the designer sends them out barefoot for the finale.
Feb. 20: Handbags worn as hats? Isaac Mizrahi upends tradition with a quirky, exuberant lineup where look names include the Xanaxer.
Feb. 23: Oscar fashions this year are divided between amped-up overstatement (Sarah Jessica Parker in a mint-colored Dior Haute Couture puff) and low-key monochromes (Tilda Swinton in Lanvin).
Feb. 25: Collaboration-friendly Stella McCartney does an exclusive collection for Net-a-porter.com, which will bow in May. She follows this in the fall with a venture for GapKids.