Fashion Moments: A Look Back at 2009

Revisit the stories that made made fashion news over this past year.

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March 2: Miuccia Prada draws inspiration from the rustic look for fall, with looks such as fisherman-style waders and blanket-style wools.


March 5: While many luxury houses are scaling back in the recession, Dior is going in the other direction, installing thicker carpets in its stores and displaying more handbags. As John Galliano points out, “Dior was a house born postwar. It created a New Look that lifted morale and made women beautiful again.”


March 6: Olivier Theyskens shows his last collection for the house of Nina Ricci, which WWD dubs “a fantastical journey through fashion of the most spectacular sort,” complete with ultrahigh, heel-less shoes.


March 12: Jonas Brothers apparel for — who else? — junior girls will be sold at Wal-Mart, Sears, Kmart and J.C. Penney.


March 12: Against a junk-heap backdrop, Leigh Bowery lips and over-the-top headpieces invade Alexander McQueen’s fall runway.


March 17: Jil Sander slates a comeback designing a line for Uniqlo.


March 26: Thierry Mugler evokes his late-Eighties, early-Nineties glory days with designs for Beyoncé’s — that is, Sasha Fierce’s — upcoming world tour. The designer is also creative director of the tour, supervising the lighting and sets.


March 26: Matthew Williamson does a line for H&M with a peacock-feather motif and a vibe of “British boy on holiday in Cuba returning to England by way of Ibiza or one of the Greek Islands.” The line sells out in 11 minutes at the Fifth Avenue store.


March 31: Topshop opens in New York and celebrates with a multiday festival of parties and appearances by Kate Moss, Jay-Z and Jennifer Lopez.


April 16: Rachel Roy gets set to create a lower-price line for Macy’s, with apparel between $59 and $299 at retail, to be called Rachel Rachel Roy.


April 16: While his “dad jeans” moment is yet to come, President Obama draws some criticism for wearing a suit to walk his new dog, Bo. However, the look is still better than Nixon’s beach attire, which famously included wool dress pants and wing tips.


April 21: Tracey Ullman impersonates Miuccia Prada, complete with the famous bashful post-show bow, in her Showtime series “State of the Union.”


May 1: Henri Bendel will no longer sell apparel. Instead, the department store will focus on accessories and beauty items.


May 5: At the Met’s Costume Institute Gala, co-host Kate Moss made a splash in a Marc Jacobs lamé turban and dress.


May 7: Think Christian Louboutin’s scarlet-heeled pumps have displaced Manolo Blahnik stilettos as the fetishized footwear of choice? Tell that to the crowds at the Blahnik press sale. In the mayhem, a pregnant woman is nearly trampled by an overeager customer, and a fistfight almost breaks out between two Long Islanders warring for the same pair of shoes.


May 11: It’s back to the Eighties for “Gossip Girl,” which airs a flashback episode spotlighting Brittany Snow and Krysten Ritter in some of the decade’s most outré styles, from tweedy prep to all-out punk.


May 15: Jet-setter Karl Lagerfeld hits Venice — more specifically, the beach of the Lido — to show Chanel’s cruise collection. Days later, he’s off to Moscow to present the house’s Paris-Moscow collection.


May 20: Marios Schwab is named creative director of Halston.


May 21: Giorgio Armani returns to the atelier after battling a serious case of hepatitis. “Everything in the company is proceeding with the usual energy,” he says.


May 21: Brad Pitt takes a fashion risk at Cannes, in a petal-pink suit from Tom Ford. Fortunately for Brad, the effect is more dapper than “Miami Vice.”

June 1: Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign features astronauts Sally Ride, Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell to mark the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.


June 3: Miley Cyrus signs a deal to launch a juniors clothing line with Wal-Mart. Her surprise partner in the line? Industry veteran Max Azria.


June 16: Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy win the CFDA Award for Womenswear Designers of the Year.


June 25: Michael Jackson dies. The King of Pop is remembered as much for his classic styles, such as his red leather motorcycle jacket from “Beat It” and his famous glove, as for his music.


July 1: Now that Beyoncé’s alter ego, Sasha Fierce, has become almost as famous as she is, the singer plans to launch a junior line under that name for back-to-school.


July 8: Christian Lacroix shows what may well be his last couture collection, opting for a far more restrained approach than usual.


July 9: Not since “Absolutely Fabulous” has the fashion world been lampooned so mercilessly — and aptly. Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as an over-the-top Austrian fashionista, crashes the shows of Stella McCartney and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, and his antics are shown in the feature film “Brüno.”

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