Fashion Moments of 2011

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.

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April 6: Balmain designer Christophe Decarnin is out after five years at the house. He was absent from Balmain’s rtw show in March, under doctor’s orders, after seeking treatment in Paris for depression.

April 11: An exhibition of Diane von Furstenberg’s famous dresses opens at Pace Gallery in Beijing.


April 14: Burberry stages a high-tech fashion extravaganza in Beijing.

April 18:
Sting performs at the annual Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness fund-raiser.

April 27:
Ralph Lauren’s prized car collection opens on exhibit at Paris’ Les Arts Décoratifs museum.

April 28:
Christian Dior stages a retrospective exhibit of its 64 years in Moscow at the Pushkin Museum.

April 29:
At last — the big royal wedding day arrives and the world learns that Kate Middleton’s dress is designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

April 29: Designers share their thoughts on the big day with WWD. “I found the fitted lace bodice and the fairly large skirt, without tiers or technical draping, just right — a modern version of a tradition that will never be outdated,” said Vera Wang. “I would have preferred a closed neckline, however.”

May 2:
The Met’s Costume Institute honors the late Alexander McQueen at the annual gala. The exhibition, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” would open May 4 as the biggest opening day ever for the Institute, and the entire museum’s second biggest after 2005’s “Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings.” The exhibition becomes such a success that the museum keeps it open for an extra week. In total, the exhibit attracted 661,509 people, ranking it as the museum’s eighth most popular show ever.

May 4: Lanvin says it will roll out a children’s collection — one with a “superluxurious approach,” of course, according to executive vice president Thierry Andretta.

May 6: Patrick Robinson is ousted after four years as creative director of the Gap.

May 9: Karen Elson signs on to design a line of vintage-inspired handbags and shoes for Nine West.

May 10: Comme des Garçons’ inaugural New York Market shopping event at The Cathedral draws legions of loyal followers. 

May 12: Kate Winslet is named the fall 2011 face for St. John Knits, ushering in a new strategy for the company.

May 13: Versace will launch a children’s collection that’s “high-end, glamorous and colorful with a touch of rock ’n’ roll,” notes ceo Gian Giacomo Ferraris.

May 18: Derek Lam introduces a contemporary line, named 10 Crosby.

May 23:
Queen Latifah adds home shopping diva to her résumé, hawking a line with HSN.

May 24: Rei Kawakubo visits New York for the first time in six years to fete her T-shirt collaboration with “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening.

May 25: Erin Wasson will design a capsule collection for Zadig & Voltaire. Named Erin Meets Zadig, the designer says her inspiration is “life, classic cars and Rod Stewart.”

June 1:
In Paris, Dior unveils its first cruise collection in the post-Galliano era, created by the Dior design studio.

June 2:
PPR is taking Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga to SoHo, signing leases to open stores on Mercer and Greene Streets.

June 6:
Prada files for its long-awaited IPO in Hong Kong. The filing includes financial details of Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli’s earnings for 2010, making them two of fashion’s highest-paid people. WWD names them “the $250 million couple.” A week later, the IPO values the firm at up to $15.8 billion.

June 9: Lady Gaga and Patti LaBelle perform for the CFDA’s annual awards celebration at the Top of the Standard in New York.

June 10: Tory Burch LLC scores a designer victory against online counterfeiters — to the tune of $164 million in damages — from hundreds of operators of Web sites selling fake Tory Burch Reva ballet flats and other footwear, handbags and accessories. While Burch has almost no chance of getting the money from the sites, the award is believed to be the largest sum of damages ever issued to a fashion firm in the ongoing battle against online counterfeiters.

June 14: Eric Wiseman, chairman and ceo of VF Corp., buys Timberland for $2 billion in cash, pumping up VF’s annual revenues to $10 billion.

June 15:
Stella McCartney shows her resort collection in the Gardens of St. Luke’s in New York’s West Village, drawing such celebs as Naomi Watts, Bono and Estelle.

June 22:
Donatella Versace is the latest designer to link with H&M for a collaboration. The collection will launch in November and be based on heritage Versace designs, particularly the Miami print made famous by her late brother, Gianni.

June 24:
Pierre Cardin celebrates his 20th anniversary as the owner of landmark Paris restaurant Maxim’s.

June 24:
Throngs of hyperventilating fans mob Macy’s for the launch of Justin Bieber’s women’s fragrance, Someday, which nets more than $3 million at retail in three weeks, shattering industry records.

June 24: Uniqlo and Jil Sander say they will end their +J collaboration.

June 27: Heidi Klum launches a costume jewelry line with QVC.




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