Fashion Moments of 2012

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.

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Marc Jacobs Dot fragrance

Photo By George Chinsee

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WWD Year In Fashion issue 12/10/2012


April 6:
Marc Jacobs adds a new fragrance, Dot, to his repertoire.

April 9:
More than a year after her exit from French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld says she will launch her own CR Fashion Book magazine.

April 16:
New York’s Meatpacking District is drawing merchants with more mass appeal and tourists, while losing high-fashion tenants such as Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.

April 18:
The U.S. International Trade Commission rules in favor of Louis Vuitton in a widespread counterfeiting case.

April 23:
Uptown, the new downtown? An influx of younger labels, such as Rag & Bone, Proenza Schouler, Maje and Sandro, give Madison Avenue a cooler, edgier vibe.

April 2:
Betsey Johnson LLC files Chapter 11; as a result, the bulk of the designer’s boutiques will close and about 350 staffers are expected to lose their jobs.


May 8:
Dressed to impress, guests celebrate the “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala.

May 11:
Procter & Gamble Co. moves its skin care, cosmetics and personal care headquarters from Cincinnati to Singapore.

May 14:
Ray-Ban celebrates its 75th anniversary with a new collection and advertising campaign.

May 17:
Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy follow up their “Black Swan” costume work with designs for the L.A. Philharmonic’s upcoming production of “Don Giovanni.”

May 22:
Failing to get the giant payout, Gucci is awarded $4.7 million in its three-year legal battle with Guess over its similar interlocking “G” logos.

May 25:
Michael Kors doubles space on Madison Avenue with its largest store in the world, which will occupy two floors and measure 6,655 square feet.

May 29:
Guess marks its 30th anniversary.


June 5
: The Row, Billy Reid and Reed Krakoff take home the night’s top honors at the annual CFDA Awards.

June 6: Denying sweatshop allegations, Alexander Wang files its response to a lawsuit in March alleging New York State labor law violations.

June 12: H&M reveals its upcoming collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela.

June 18:
Saks Fifth Avenue revamps its shoe strategy with a refurbished and expanded eighth-floor shoe department at the New York flagship.

June 21
: Hedi Slimane’s makeover of Yves Saint Laurent includes officially changing the YSL moniker to Saint Laurent.

June 22: Doo-Ri Chung exits her namesake label.

June 26:
Net-a-porter opens its first headquarters outside of the U.K., landing in a 32,000-square-foot space in New York’s Flatiron District.

June 26: Nora Ephron dies at the age of 71.


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