Fashion Moments of 2011

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.

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WWD Year In Fashion issue 12/12/2011

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.

Jan. 4:
Marc Jacobs takes a retro romp through the Twenties and Thirties for pre-fall, loading his
Louis Vuitton collection with sequins, fishnets and luxe logo bags.

Jan. 4:
In a rare interview, Rei Kawakubo talks fashion and the future. “Once I make something, I don’t want to do it again, so the breadth of possibility is becoming smaller — it’s a challenge always creating something new and different.” She’s open to the idea of selling her company, but says she doesn’t think anyone would be interested.

Jan. 5:
Karl Lagerfeld taps Blake Lively as the face for Chanel’s Mademoiselle bag.

Jan. 10:
Alber Elbaz goes wild: His pre-fall collection for Lanvin uses taxidermic animals during his look-book shoot.

Jan. 10: Emmanuelle Alt takes over French Vogue.

Jan. 10:
Designer Joan Vass, 85, dies in her sleep after suffering from a fall.

Jan. 11:
Rachel Zoe launches her fashion line and reveals to WWD that she’s having a baby boy.

Jan. 12:
Sears signs on to do another line with the Kardashian trio, dubbed The Kardashian Kollection.


Jan. 14: Gareth Pugh creates his own modern-day digital fresco while presenting his pre-fall collection in Florence’s medieval Orsanmichele Church.

Jan. 19: The new creative director of Thierry Mugler, Nicola Formichetti, enlists Lady Gaga as musical director of his first men’s show.

Jan. 19: Say good-bye to Tao Comme des Garçons, which ends with the spring collection after a six-year run.

Jan. 25: In an exclusive interview with WWD, Miuccia Prada talks about the challenges of globalization, fast fashion and her views on the art world.

Jan. 25: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s younger sister, Elizabeth, swooshes into Park City with two new films.


Jan. 25: Oscar de la Renta sees red, expressing his disappointment in Michelle Obama’s  choice to wear a British designer — McQueen — to a state dinner.

Jan. 31:
Designer Charles Nolan, 53, dies of liver cancer.

Feb. 2:
Christopher Kane wins the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize for 2011.

Feb. 3: The British Advertising Standards Agency bans the television ad for YSL’s Belle d’Opium fragrance because viewers complained that actress Melanie Thierry’s actions simulate drug use.

Feb. 4:
Paco Rabanne taps Manish Arora as creative director for women’s wear to ramp up its fashion business.

Feb. 7: Greg Lauren —  nephew of Ralph and husband of Elizabeth Berkley, she of “Saved by the Bell” and “Showgirls” fame — launches  a fashion collection.

Feb. 8:
Ralph Lauren introduces a luxury denim collection that includes a denim tuxedo and a jumpsuit.

Feb. 8: Interior designer  Kelly Wearstler launches a  fashion and accessories line.

Feb. 9: Rodarte for Opening Ceremony bows.

Feb 11: Lindsay Lohan’s  leggings line, 6126, is being dropped by stores in the wake of continuing controversies surrounding the troubled actress.


Feb. 15: Olivier Theyskens returns to the runway with Theyskens’ Theory.

Feb. 15: Karl Lagerfeld takes his Gramercy Park apartment off the market, incensed that blogs have suggested that he was prepared to take a loss on the sale.

Feb. 17: Valerie Hermann steps down as YSL chief executive officer and later goes to Reed Krakoff.

Feb. 17: Michael Kors celebrates his 30th anniversary with a disco  diva collection.

Feb. 17:
Derek Lam  reveals his first crowdsourced collection, done in collaboration with eBay.

Feb. 23: Gucci marks  its 90th anniversary.

Feb. 23:
Diane von Furstenberg, an industry advocate for health guidelines for models, one of which is not hiring models under the age of 16, finds out that she herself had unwittingly hired a 15-year-old model for her runway show.

Feb. 25: Spotted at Milan Fashion Week: New Yorker editor David Remnick introducing himself to flamboyant front-row fixture and blogger Bryanboy.

Feb. 25: PPR chief François-Henri Pinault denies rumors that Stefano Pilati is getting the ax from YSL after a speculative tweet posted on a Kenzo p.r. account ignites a slew of articles and blog posts.

Feb. 28: The big question, fashionwise, is what Natalie Portman, who was originally expected to wear Dior, will wear to the Oscars after John Galliano’s anti-Semitic rant. She chooses Rodarte.


March 1: Brit Kim Jones is named men’s ready-to-wear designer and style director at Louis Vuitton, joining from Alfred Dunhill, where he was creative director.

March 1: Cynthia Rowley launches Pretty Penny to offer support and seed money to budding entrepreneurs.

March 1: News emerges that GF Capital Management & Advisors has taken a stake in Oscar de la Renta, estimated  at around 20 percent.

March 2:
“You know that scene in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ where Phoebe Cates climbs out of the swimming pool and pops her bikini?  That’s our girl.” So says Kelly Cutrone, on her The Electric Love Army label in partnership with Chris Burch.

March 11:
Clare Waight Keller leaves Pringle, where she was creative director.


March 11: Matthew Williamson is named a guest designer for a special capsule collection at Macy’s.
March 17: “It’s inhumane.” — Azzedine Alaïa, regarding the pace of fashion today.

March 24: One of Hollywood’s most glittering gems, Elizabeth Taylor, is remembered after
dying at age 79.

March 24:
Carine Roitfeld announces her first major  post-Vogue move — serving as  a guest editor and stylist for Barneys New York.

March 30:
Michelle Kessler Sanders is named creative director at Vera Wang Group.




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