Fashion Moments: A Look Back at 2009

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

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July 21: The CFDA welcomes 31 inductees, including Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.


July 28: Coach’s Reed Krakoff announces plans to develop his own apparel line, which will launch in fall 2010.


July 30: Almost as futuristic as freeze-dried space ice cream, but more practical, are the new swimsuit vending machines at the Standard Hotel in Miami, which deliver Quiksilver boardshorts automat-style.


Aug. 14: Dressing little Suri up in kitten heels isn’t Katie Holmes’ only design pursuit. She is readying her collection, Holmes & Yang, a “premium-designer” offering cooked up with her stylist, Jeanne Yang.


Aug. 25: Anna Wintour makes her first appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” When the late-night host notes Vogue’s seat-of-the-Balenciaga-pants production schedule as depicted in “The September Issue,” the editrix parries, “You do it, too — you only called me on Friday.” 


Sept. 4: Threeasfour announces plans to collaborate with Yoko Ono on its upcoming spring line, even incorporating some of her famous dot drawings into prints.


Sept. 9: Lindsay Lohan is tapped as chief artistic adviser to Emanuel Ungaro, succeeding Esteban Cortazar. Among her qualifications for this role, according to chief executive officer Mounir Moufarrige: “She changes outfits five times a day.” At her debut, her lineup lacks a coherent theme (unless liberal use of pasties qualifies as a theme), and the flashy looks draw jeers from the fashion press.


Sept. 11: Fashion’s Night Out draws shoppers with stars and zany activities. (Body painting by Zac Posen, anyone?) Charlize Theron makes an appearance at Dior, while Oscar de la Renta offers a serenade “to all the girls who wear my clothes.”


Sept. 18: In the most literal interpretation of “hard times” seen on the runways thus far, Ralph Lauren shows a Depression-era collection with looks such as ragged jeans and faded florals. 


Sept. 18: In a presentation at the Apple store, Norma Kamali unveils several tech-savvy initiatives, including the use of Skype for customer service and an iPhone app that allows shoppers to purchase her pieces directly.


Sept. 23: As London Fashion Week fetes a quarter-century, hometown boy Christopher Bailey returns to show his Burberry Prorsum spring line to an audience including Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Emma Watson.


Sept. 28: Rei Kawakubo is teaming up with The Beatles on a line of co-branded handbags.

Sept. 28: Donald Fisher, co-founder of Gap, dies at 81.

Oct. 6: The models smile and the clothes are equally happy as Stella McCartney shows her spring offerings in Paris. Even her background mural is optimistic, emblazoned with a giant paint-by-numbers “YES.”


Oct. 7: EIEIO, Chanel style. That’s one way to describe Karl Lagerfeld’s Grand Palais hootenanny, which comes complete with a Lily Allen performance and country-chic clothes.


Oct. 8: Legendary fashion photographer Irving Penn dies at 92.


Oct. 15: “Mad Men” has slews of fashion fans, including Michael Kors. Now the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryant, has signed an agreement for licensing deals and guest partnerships with designers.

Oct. 22: Stella McCartney unveils her children’s collection for GapKids, which is equally coveted by adults. The bandleader jacket is later sported by France’s first lady, Carla Bruni, during a performance.


Oct. 26: Before going high-end with The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen got their fashion start with a long-running line of Wal-Mart merch. Now they are returning to the mass market, launching a junior line called Olsenboye for J.C. Penney.


Oct. 27: Ruffian’s Claude Morais and Brian Wolk sign a deal with Macy’s to design private label men’s wear. (Also on the boys’ plate is Mise en Scène, a collaboration with Anthropologie.)


Nov. 4: Isaac Mizrahi is plenty telegenic, and in a new venture, he’s pitching everything from tea sets and tartan pajamas to cheesecake — yes, cheesecake — on QVC.


Nov. 16: Despite the stream of tabloid headlines predicting their imminent breakup, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt appear to still get along well enough to design jewelry together. The baubles in question are a series of snake-inspired pieces for Asprey.


Nov. 17: Brooklyn-based Sophie Theallet wins the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, which she hopes to use to expand her three-person operation.


Nov. 30: Zac Posen will be the latest Go International designer for Target. 


Dec. 3: It might be called “Life on the Huangpu” as Karl Lagerfeld plays skipper of a barge headed down Shanghai’s biggest river. The maritime setting is the backdrop to his latest Chanel Metiers d’Art collection for pre-fall.

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