Fashion Moments of 2012

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.

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Chanel Spring Couture 2012

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Alber Elbaz at the mic, with Kim Hastreiter.

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WWD Year In Fashion issue 12/10/2012

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.



an. 10: No good deed goes unpunished. Diego Della Valle’s plan to donate 25 million euros to the restoration of the Colosseum hits a wall when Codacons, Italy’s antitrust authority, finds “a series of distortions” in Tod’s bid.

Jan. 13: Hasbro pairs with Junk Food Clothing to launch a fashion line of T-shirts based on its classic board game Monopoly to retail at Kitson in L.A.

Jan. 17: Miuccia Prada complains about the forthcoming Met Museum Costume Institute exhibition “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” saying, “It’s too formal; they are focused on similarities, but they are not taking into consideration that we are talking about two different eras, and that [Schiaparelli and I] are total opposites. I told them but they don’t care.”

Jan. 18: For the first time, H&M takes out a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl for its David Beckham Bodywear collection. NBC is reportedly charging $3.5 million per 30-second spot.

Jan. 18: Christian Louboutin unveils his collaboration with famous Paris nude cabaret Crazy Horse to run from March 5 to May 31.

Jan. 19:
Emanuel Ungaro says it will not deliver its spring 2012 collection to retailers because of an internal reorganization. It also cancels its fall collection and all pre-fall appointments.

Jan. 20: Blowout factory Drybar inks a $16 million deal with Castanea Partners, through which the hair-drying sensation can expand to a city near you. Straight hair for everyone.

Jan. 24:
Phoebe Philo, expecting her third child at the time, cancels her fall runway show for Celine in favor of a very small, very select presentation.

Jan. 24: A day before its flight-themed couture show in Paris, Chanel charters fleets of private planes to fly its top customers, press and friends to Las Vegas for its lucky number-themed event and exhibition “Numéros Privés” at the Wynn.

Jan. 25: For its couture show, Chanel commissions a plane, or at least its interior, to be installed in the Grand Palais, complete with seating for 250, double-C monogrammed carpet and a 164-foot aisle.

Jan. 26: Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture collection, an ode to the style of recently deceased Amy Winehouse, proves too soon, invoking the ire of her fans, her family and many fashion people.

Jan. 27:
At a Paris dinner to launch his Masstige line, Karl Lagerfeld serves up iPads — on silver platters — for each guest as the fifth course of the dinner.

Jan. 31:
The White House is forced to deny reports in several British newspapers, including the Telegraph, that Michelle Obama had spent $50,000 on lingerie at Agent Provocateur on Madison Avenue.


Feb. 1:
Anna Wintour is ranked in the top tier of fund-raising bundlers for President Obama, raising more than $500,000 for his reelection campaign.

Feb. 7: Halston gears up for a relaunch — again. This time, it’s in the hands of Ben Malka, private chairman and ceo.

Feb. 7: Madonna performs at the Super Bowl halftime show in Givenchy couture.

Feb 9:
Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, the original Juicy Couture ladies, are back with a new contemporary line they launch at New York Fashion Week.

Feb. 10: Marta Ortega, the 28-year-old daughter of Inditex founder and Spain’s richest man Amancio Ortega, reveals plans to marry Sergio Alvarez in a dress made by Zara, one of Inditex’s top brands.

Feb. 10: Miguel Adrover returns to the New York schedule after shuttering his company in 2004. He serves up a strong, irreverent show.

Feb. 13: Alexander Wang shows he’s part of the big leagues, booking top supermodels Gisele Bündchen, Shalom Harlow and Karolina Kurkova to close his fall show.

Feb. 15: Following Whitney Houston’s death, the E network pulls the rebroadcast of the “Fashion Police” episode during which Joan Rivers lambasted Houston. (The original show aired the day before Houston died.) Asked for comment at the Badgley Mischka show, Rivers says she has no regrets: “When she’s alive, she’s fair game. It’s part of being a celebrity.”

Feb. 17:
Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement showed up at the Calvin Klein show, their ranks diminished by inclement weather. They chose the Klein show “because of the symbolic nature of it and it’s the last day of fashion week,” says Justin Stone-Diaz, an information coordinator for the movement.

Feb. 24:
Girls start lining up at 8 a.m. for Katy Perry’s public appearance to introduce her line of fake eyelashes for Eylure at an Ulta pop-up shop at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif.


March 1: Alber Elbaz marks a decade at Lanvin.

March 5:
Rei Kawakubo shows a Comme des Garçons collection for the ages, based on two-dimensional, outsize outfits in bright colors and prints. Her standard cryptic sound bite postshow: “The future is two dimensions.”

March 8: Marc Jacobs commissions a full-scale steam locomotive to roll into the Cour Carrée du Louvre for the fall Louis Vuitton show.

March 13:
Derek Lam and Tod’s part ways after six years.

March 14: It’s a fashion face-off of First Ladies — Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron, wife of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron — during the Brits’ state visit to the U.S.

March 16
: Donald Trump releases his second fragrance, Success by Trump, under The Five Star Fragrance Co.

March 20: For her first public speech of her royal career, the Duchess of Cambridge wears a bright blue double-breasted coat by Reiss, cinched with a black belt.

March 30: Devout yogi Russell Simmons introduces Tantris, a new Zen lifestyle brand.

March 30: Dolce & Gabbana slaps a Cape Town costume jewelry store with a lawsuit over its name: Dolce & Banana.


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