July 2: Fall 2012 couture collections kick off with Donatella Versace’s Atelier Versace show at the Ritz Paris, site of so many of Gianni Versace’s couture triumphs.
July 3: There’s a new master in the house. Raf Simons launches his Christian Dior era with his first couture collection for the brand. Guests at the show include Marc Jacobs, Alber Elbaz, Riccardo Tisci, Azzedine Alaïa, Donatella Versace, Pierre Cardin, Olivier Theyskens and Diane von Furstenberg.
July 5: Loath to secede haute supremacy to the new guy in town, Karl Lagerfeld wishes Raf Simons well and then rocks it with a superb Chanel couture show.
July 6: Forget glass slippers. Christian Louboutin designs a pair of limited-edition, 120-mm. heels for a modern-day Cinderella in honor of Walt Disney’s rerelease of “Cinderella” on Blu-ray and DVD.
July 11: Marvin Traub, one of retailing’s most famous and innovative merchants who led Bloomingdale’s to its trendiest, most fashionable heights, dies at age 87.
July 12: Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough prepare to open their first store, a 2,000-square-foot space on New York’s Upper Madison Avenue.
July 13: WWD gives a first look at Lady Gaga Fame, the bizarre fragrance — a black juice that, when sprayed, transforms in the air to a clear mist — by the bizarre performer.
July 13: Valentino is sold to Mayhoola for Investments, a private investor group from Qatar, for around 700 million euros, or roughly $900 million.
July 13: The Capitol Hill controversy heightens after it’s learned that the uniforms Ralph Lauren designs for the U.S. Olympic athletes were made in China. Lauren, an Olympic sponsor, has pledged to make uniforms for the 2014 games in the U.S.
July 16: Daffy’s, the cash-strapped off-price chain, will shutter its doors.
July 16: Barneys New York opens its new shoe department, a 22,000-square-foot expanse that runs the width of a city block and brings men’s and women’s styles together.
July 17: EBay hooks up with Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan and Tibi to create the eBay Holiday Collective.
July 19: Flat, sparkling or designer? Evian taps Diane von Furstenberg to create a 2013 limited-edition bottle.
July 20: After five seasons consulting on Tommy Hilfiger’s women’s runway collection and accessories, Peter Som gives up the gig.
July 23: Coach Inc. scores a $44 million judgment against a U.S.-based mother-and-daughter duo operating Web sites advertising and selling counterfeit Coach handbags.
July 27: Eighties Italian designer Roméo Gigli makes a comeback in Hong Kong with luxury retailer Joyce.
Aug. 6: PPR forms a joint venture with Yoox SpA to accelerate the online development of its various brands.
Aug. 7: Fashion journalist Anna Piaggi dies in Milan.
Aug. 9: Diana Vreeland will be the 19th recipient of a Rodeo Drive Walk of Style plaque, and the first editorial figure to be so honored.
Aug. 10: Bigger must be better. Macy’s Herald Square opens a major portion of “the world’s largest” shoe floor, escalating the raging battle among Manhattan’s retailers to conquer the footwear category.
Aug. 10: Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig plan to take their signature glamour from the red carpet to fragrance counters with their first scent, Marchesa Parfume d’Extase.
Aug. 13: Helen Gurley Brown, writer, publisher and businesswoman, dies in New York at age 90.
Aug. 15: Banana Republic recruits Narciso Rodriguez to rev up its fashion offering in an advisory role.
Aug. 17: Actress Jessica Chastain is named Yves Saint Laurent’s ambassador for Manifesto, the French fashion house’s newest women’s fragrance.
Aug. 22: Diane von Furstenberg is more powerful than Anna Wintour — at least according to Forbes. The magazine ranks the designer 33rd and the Vogue editor in chief 51st on its list of the world’s most powerful women.
Aug. 23: At 5 a.m., fans start lining up outside the Uniqlo flagship in New York to meet new brand ambassador and tennis champ Novak Djokovic.
Aug. 27: Business around West 34th Street returns to normal following the fatal shooting of Steven Ercolino, 41, vice president of sales at Hazan Import Corp., an accessories firm, near the Empire State Building.
Aug. 29: Barneys New York teams with Disney for “Electric Holiday,” holiday store windows and campaign that reimagine classic cartoon characters as runway regulars, such as Minnie Mouse — in Lanvin.
Aug. 30: It’s reported that vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s wife, Janna, wears a $169 Talbots sheath to her husband’s debut on the national stage at Republican convention.
Sept. 4: Stefano Pilati, who exited as Yves Saint Laurent’s creative director in March, lands the creative director gig at Ermenegildo Zegna Group.
Sept. 6: Katie Holmes is the first celebrity to sign on as the face of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, where she’ll also serve as muse and collaborator.
Sept. 8: The young fashion brand NAHM, designed by Nary Manivong and Alexandria Hilfiger, closes shop.
Sept. 8: The 15-year anniversary of Fendi’s Baguette bag is feted in Los Angeles with a Baguettemania pop-up shop and three bags commissioned from artists Chaz Bojorquez, Kenny Scharf and Pae White, and curated by Jeffrey Deitch.
Sept. 9: For the finale of his spring runway show, Alexander Wang kills the lights and lights up the clothes, literally — they glow in the dark.
Sept. 9: Google cofounder Sergey Brin takes a bow with Diane von Furstenberg at her spring show. He’s there to introduce Glass by Google — a new technology that brings the digital world to the user and tries to stay out of the way.
Sept. 9: British brand Belstaff opens its first store in the U.S., on New York’s Madison Avenue.
Sept. 11: A former Gucci network engineer is sentenced to between two and six years in New York state prison for hacking into the luxury brand’s servers, causing more than $200,000 in damage.
Sept. 11: Ralph Lauren becomes a national corporate sponsor for PBS’ “Masterpiece” drama series. It represents the first TV sponsorship for Ralph Lauren Corp.
Sept. 11: First Lady Michelle Obama rockets Laura Smalls’ name onto the national scene by wearing two dresses from the little-known designer during the Democratic National Convention.
Sept. 12: After two-and-a-half years as creative director at Diane von Furstenberg, Yvan Mispelaere leaves the company. He will not be replaced, with the design team continuing to be directed by von Furstenberg.
Sept. 13: Betsey Johnson celebrates her 70th birthday with a retrospective-cum-spring-show-cum-party, replete with a performance by Cyndi Lauper singing — what else? — “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”
Sept. 13: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen announce they will launch the first fragrance under their Elizabeth and James label with Sephora in March.
Sept. 14: Oscar de la Renta takes out a full-page ad in WWD to publish an “open letter” that takes Cathy Horyn to task for calling him a hot dog and alleging he copied Raf Simons’ styles at Dior in her review of his spring show.
Sept. 18: Rebekka Bay, a former top designer at H&M, is named creative director and executive vice president for Gap Global Design.
Sept. 24: Jil Sander presents her first women’s collection in eight years for the house that bears her name — but no longer her ownership.
Sept. 27: Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo will create a range of covers for iPads and Macbooks in collaboration with Paper Rain.