Fashion Moments of 2012

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.

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Nicolas Ghesquière

Photo By Giovanni Giannoni

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WWD Year In Fashion issue 12/10/2012


Oct. 1
: Swiss label Akris fetes its 90th birthday in Paris with guests like Charlene, Princess of Monaco, and Swiss politician Doris Leuthard.

Oct. 2: With YSL references everywhere, Karl Lagerfeld creates an illustrated “No Smoking Here” sign at Chanel’s Rue Cambon studios. “We don’t have to do smoking,” he says. “Hedi Slimane really does it well.”

Oct. 8: Yoox Group launches a Chinese version of its e-commerce site at with capsule collections and end-of-season clothing and accessories from top designers worldwide.

Oct. 8: Queen Elizabeth II approves an honorary award that will make Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and French citizen, a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Oct. 8: A dispute over a 400-item portfolio of Yves Saint Laurent’s drawings and personal items erupts, involving Pierre Bergé; Fabrice Thomas, a former Saint Laurent lover; a German businessman, and a possible police investigation and criminal complaint.

Oct. 11: Taylor Swift’s empire continues to grow with a three-year partnership with Keds. The singer will play a pivotal role in the new direction of the brand.

Oct. 11
: Stephen Colbert talks to WWD, offering some presidential advice along the way: “Obama maybe should take a Red Bull. Get your head in the game. For Mitt, I would just keep grinning. He’s a very handsome man. He’s got excellent hair. As long as you keep concentrating on the smile and the hair, then you don’t think too much about what he’s saying.”

Oct. 19: Level Shoe District, the world’s largest shoe store, opens in Dubai Mall with more than 96,000 square feet of space and a selection of up to 15,000 different styles at any one time.

Oct. 24
: Sisters Penélope and Mónica Cruz line up a design collaboration with Agent Provocateur for its first diffusion line, called L’Agent.

Oct. 29
: Neiman Marcus Group’s Karen Katz unveils her true feelings about the competition: “I have been known to use a Neiman Marcus bag when I am going to hyperventilate,” she joked at Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars. “But if I am going to be really sick, I pick up a Saks Fifth Avenue bag.”


Nov. 4:
Ralph Lauren Corp. plans to shutter its Rugby brand. Fourteen stores and the e-commerce site will close over the balance of fiscal 2013.

Nov. 6:
PPR reveals Nicolas Ghesquière will exit Balenciaga, the house he helped rebuild. Less than a month later, Alexander Wang is named creative director.

Nov. 7: Delaware judge Leo Shrine weighs in on the Burches’ legal tiffs, calling them a “drunken WASP fest.”

Nov. 8: Labelux sells the Derek Lam brand back to founders Lam and Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann. Terms are not disclosed.

Nov. 12: Barneys New York unveils Disneyfied fashion characters, including Ed Filipowski, Lady Gaga, Anna Dello Russo, Cathy Horyn and WWD’s own Bridget Foley, as part of a short film for its “Electric Holiday” campaign.

Nov. 13:
The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine join numerous fashion houses and launch Fashion for Sandy Relief, an initiative that serves as a collective industry fund-raiser. Earlier, Ralph Lauren and Coach Inc. both donate $2 million each to Sandy relief efforts, while Michael Kors, PVH Corp, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Hearst Corp. and Time Warner Inc. each give $1 million.

Nov. 13:
Holt Renfrew, Canada’s premier luxury specialty store chain, marks its 175 birthday.

Nov. 20: Versus parts with Christopher Kane to focus on a seasonless line with a digital element, capsule collections, co-branding projects and limited editions designed by Donatella Versace and rotating designers, stylists and creative talents.

Nov. 21: Yoko Ono reveals she is creating a limited-edition men’s clothing line for Opening Ceremony with 18 styles based on a series of sketches she did for John Lennon in 1969.

Nov. 26: L’Wren Scott unveils the costumes she created for beau Mick Jagger for the “50 & Counting: The Rolling Stones Live” tour.

Nov. 27:
Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo collaborates with Hermès on two limited-edition collections of silk carré scarves dubbed Comme des Carrés.


Dec. 5:
Ambassador Anna? After her outspoken support for President Obama and hefty sums donated to and raised for his reelection, rumors swirl that the Vogue editor in chief could be under consideration for an ambassadorship to the Court of St. James’s, or to France. She will certainly know what to wear to state dinners.

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