Fashion Moments of 2013

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.

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April 3: After two years of collaboration, stylist Nicola Formichetti and the house of Thierry Mugler part ways. Diesel quickly snatches up the designer, naming him artistic director overseeing all aspects of brand’s design, marketing and communications.

April 8: Lily Pulitzer dies at her Palm Beach, Fla., home at the age of 81.

April 9: New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin pushes for a new counterfeit law that would subject buyers of fakes to fines and prison.

April 10: Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estée Lauder Cos., pledges to donate his world-renowned collection of cubist art — including 78 works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Fernand Léger — to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

April 12: Michael Kors adds color and body care to his beauty empire. Working with the Estée Lauder Cos., the designer creates three distinct collections: Sporty, Sexy and Glam.

April 12: Reebok drops brand spokesman Rick Ross after the release of the rapper’s controversial verse on “U.O.E.N.O.” The lyric in question: “Put Molly all in her Champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”

April 15:
Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design opens in London with 45 students from 23 countries.

April 19: The Council of Fashion Designers of America initiates a sustainability committee aimed to inspire members to work in more eco-friendly ways.

April 19: Michael Kors, Jay-Z and J. Crew executive creative officer Jenna Lyons are named to the 2013 Time 100 List.

April 22: After a 13-year hiatus, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren plan to return to Paris couture calendar in July.

May 2: The CFDA and Vogue partner to launch “Americans in China,” featuring the fall runway shows of Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone and Marchesa at the Dynasty City Wall Relics Park.

May 6: It’s faux anarchy at the Met as celebrities, models and designers get into the rebel spirit for this year’s punk-themed Costume Institute gala.

May 9: Parsons The New School for Design cancels John Galliano’s scheduled three-day master class, ceding to overwhelming public outrage to the appointment.

May 9: Ottavio Missoni, patriarch of one of Italy’s most famous fashion families, dies at age 92.

May 17: Thieves steal $1 million in Chopard jewels during the second night of the Cannes Film Festival, just hours after the premiere of Sofia Coppola’s film “The Bling Ring.”

May 21: Aiming to become the leading destination for prestige beauty brands, Amazon launches a dedicated area for men’s grooming.

May 23: On its conference call detailing fourth-quarter results (which beat Wall Street estimates), Ralph Lauren Corp. reveals a plan to roll out Polo stores worldwide.

May 28: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleads guilty to six misdemeanor counts of “negligently violating” the Clean Water Act and is fined $81.6 million.

June 1: Gucci creative director Frida Giannini pulls in some of music’s biggest names, including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Florence and the Machine, for a concert benefiting Chime for Change. The initiative, founded by Giannini and Salma Hayek, aims to highlight the causes of justice, education and health for women around the world.

June 2: Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez take home the CFDA Awards’ Womenswear Designer of the Year. Other big winners include Thom Browne for Menswear Designer of the Year and Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim in the accessories category.

June 5: To mark 10 years of working together, Barneys and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez offer a capsule group: “Proenza Schouler: First Collection.”

June 6: Bloomingdale’s vice president of fashion direction Stephanie Solomon retires after 29 years in the fashion office.

June 6: Pharrell Williams celebrates the 10th anniversary of his label, Billionaire Boys Club, with hip-hop royalty Jay Z and Beyoncé on hand for the festivities.

June 6: One Direction unveils its first fragrance, Our Moment, with fruity top notes of pink grapefruit, wild berries and red currants.

June 6: British stylist Annabel Tollman dies. Believed to be in her late 30s, the cause of death was said to be natural causes.

June 7: A gang of smash-and-grab thieves burglarizes Selfridges’ London flagship — while the store is open.

June 10: Jason Wu is named Hugo Boss’ women’s artistic director. The designer will be responsible for the creative direction of all product lines and “image relevant” aspects of the women’s wear and accessories collections.

June 12: In an effort to encourage his own running habit, Rick Owens partners with Adidas for a men’s and women’s running shoe line.

June 12: The world’s largest Chanel store (12,600 square feet) opens on London’s New Bond Street.

June 12: The FIT Gala raises $1.2 million, drawing a guest list including Alber Elbaz, Jessica Chastain, Tony Bennett, Francisco Costa and Karolina Kurkova.

June 14: Marc Jacobs unveils Marc Jacobs Beauty, a full color collection set to launch at Sephora in August.

June 20: The Dock Group invests $300,000 in Creatures of the Wind, taking a majority stake.

June 20: Gucci opens its first men’s flagship in Europe. The 5,400-square-foot Milan location also includes an area for its made-to-measure program.

June 21: The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund stages a fashion show across Beijing’s Ming Dynasty City Wall with designs by Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone and Marchesa.

June 26: Diane von Furstenberg opens her first accessories shop, located in the gallery space of DVF’s headquarters in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.


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