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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

OCTOBER

Oct. 5: Twin sisters Lucia and Barbara Croce join Vionnet as creative directors, succeeding Rodolfo Paglialunga.

Oct. 10:
“Let the best one win.” So says Mario Boselli, head of Italy’s Camera Nazionale della Moda, on the clashing schedule with New York over September 2012 show dates.

Oct. 12: Elie Tahari and Arthur S. Levine invest in the Catherine Malandrino brand and plan to add more categories.

Oct. 12:
Following the McQueen blockbuster, the Costume Institute announces “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion” as the theme for its next exhibit.

Oct. 13:
Liz Claiborne Inc. agrees to sell its namesake brand to J.C. Penney.

Oct. 17:
Coach says it will collaborate with the estate of Tony Duquette on a costume jewelry collection.

Oct. 19:
Doo-Ri Chung is named the next talent for Macy’s guest designer series, launching in February.

Oct. 25:
Ralph Lauren and Oprah Winfrey chat for charity on stage at Lincoln Center.

Oct. 26: H&M teams up with costume designer Trish Summerville to create a capsule collection loosely inspired by Lisbeth Salander of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Oct. 28: Tory Burch inks a fragrance deal with the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.

Oct. 31: Barneys New York unveils its remodeled Co-op floor, which unites men’s and women’s and offers a new eatery called Genes@Co-op, after Gene Pressman.



NOVEMBER

Nov. 1: Macy’s says it will renovate its Herald Square flagship to the tune of $400 million over four years.

Nov. 2:
Model Coco Rocha teams up with Senhoa to develop a jewelry line with proceeds to aid Cambodian victims of human trafficking.

Nov. 3: Madonna reveals plans to launch a second lifestyle brand, Truth or Dare by Madonna, geared toward a customer that’s older than Material Girl, her junior label with daughter Lourdes.

Nov. 7: Andrew Buckler exits day-to-day involvement in his own men’s wear label to head design at Converse.

Nov. 7: The 15th annual Accessories Council Excellence Awards is held at Cipriani 42nd Street, honoring Philip Treacy, Rebecca Minkoff and Nicole Richie, among others.

Nov. 9: The much-anticipated Versace for H&M diffusion line is unveiled at a fashion-show-cum-dance-party at Pier 57 in Manhattan with performances by Prince and Nicki Minaj.

Nov. 11: Reports surface that talks between Marc Jacobs and Dior have come to a halt and that Alexander Wang, Raf Simons and Jason Wu are being eyed by the French house.

Nov. 12: Jimmy Choo’s co-founder and longtime chief creative officer, Tamara Mellon, abruptly exits the shoe firm.

Nov. 17: Portions of Marc Jacobs’ spring 2012 sample collection are stolen on London’s Mount Street. Thieves take ready-to-wear and accessories from both the designer’s main line and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Nov. 23: McQ, the younger, more contemporary line of Alexander McQueen, plans to show during London Fashion Week.

Nov. 27:
Five masked thieves make off with several hundred thousand euros worth of Louis Vuitton merchandise at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport after neutralizing a security guard and four employees at the freight terminal.

Nov. 28:
Black Friday shopping exceeds most retailers’ expectations with a record 226 million shoppers visiting stores and Web sites over the long weekend. And early Cyber Monday projections suggest another record, with sales surpassing $1 billion.

Nov. 29:
Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen, snags the Designer of the Year title at the 2011 British Fashion Awards.

Nov. 29: Actress Felicity Jones is new face of Dolce & Gabbana’s Khol Collection, a makeup and fragrance line to be released in January.

Nov. 30: The gown that late Amy Winehouse wore on the cover of her 2006 album “Back to Black” fetches 43,200 pounds, or $70,440, at auction.

Nov. 30: Dior opens a Miami-based pop-up shop, a first for the design house. The store features a nail salon, a food truck, rotating DJs and merch from an artist collaboration with Anselm Reyle.

 


DECEMBER

Dec. 2: Luis Vuitton opens a 13,000-square-foot store in Sydney, with Cate Blanchett on hand to christen the new space.

Dec. 6: Madonna’s directorial debut, “W.E.,” a historical drama about Wallis Simpson and her affair with England’s King Edward VIII, opens in New York.

 

Dec. 7: Jeffry Aronsson leaves his post as ceo of Emanuel Ungaro SAS.

Dec. 8:
Nicole Miller introduces a separate collection, Artelier, for her sportswear. 

Dec. 9:
Stella McCartney reveals she’ll launch a major fragrance, dubbed L.I.L.Y — for her father’s pet name for her mother, “Linda, I Love You,” in January.

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