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Fashion Moments of 2013

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George.

Photo By Copyright of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 2013.

July 1: Christian Lacroix shows an Elsa Schiaparelli homage collection during the fall couture season.

July 2: Former Tiffany & Co. executive Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun is arrested for stealing $1.3 million worth of jewelry from the company.

July 8: Kanye West teams with A.P.C. on a capsule collection, including a $120 white T-shirt.

July 8: Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are among guests honoring Oscar de la Renta at the opening of “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon” at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark.

July 9: Joseph Altuzarra wins the U.S. Woolmark Award and will represent the U.S. for the 2013-2014 International Woolmark Prize in February.

July 10: New European Union legislation ushers in more stringent cosmetics safety requirements, including the introduction of “responsible persons,” who will be listed with contact information on all cosmetic product labels.

July 10: L’Wren Scott teams with Banana Republic for a 50-piece holiday collection, due out in early December.

July 10: Fifty-four years after the House of Dior made its first trip to the Soviet Union on June 10, 1959, the brand returns for a runway show in Red Square.

July 11: Jay Z performs his new single, “Picasso Baby,” for six hours in Chelsea’s Pace Gallery, drawing an eclectic crowd including Marina Abramovic, Cynthia Rowley and Judd Apatow.

July 12: Juicy Couture founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor reach out to private equity firms to help take back the label from Fifth & Pacific Cos. Inc.

July 12: Michael Kors sues Costco, claiming the wholesale club falsely advertised that it sold Kors handbags in e-mail blasts sent out in April in advance of Mother’s Day.

July 15: Tom Ford plans flagships in Chicago and Dallas, making a total of five U.S. stores.

July 16: Nineties wunderkind Victor Alfaro returns to the fashion arena with a designer-priced line of shoes, bags and clothes.

July 21: Former Valentino chairman Matteo Marzotto, his sister Diamante and three others, are indicted for alleged omission of earnings declaration and tax evasion.

July 22: Cameron Diaz becomes the latest actress-turned-designer, taking on the role of artistic director at Pour La Victoire.

July 22: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome their first child, George Alexander Louis, who is third in line to the British throne.

July 24: The era of Barneys Co-Op comes to an end, with all existing Co-Ops to be re-branded as smaller Barneys New York units.

July 23: Ralph Lauren is set to help restore the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts, kicking off the two-year commitment with a runway show on Oct. 8

July 25: Hudson Yards garners the support of Diane von Furstenberg and the CFDA for its push to be the next home for fashion week when it is completed in a few years.

July 29: Lady Gaga returns with a new single, “Applause,” with the theatrical cover, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, making its debut in WWD.

July 29: Swarovski ventures into the film production business, with a remake of “Romeo and Juliet” starring Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld in the title roles, set for October release.

Aug. 1: American Apparel purchases New York-based specialty retailer Oak, whose founders, Louis Terline and Jeff Madalena, will remain at the creative and operational helm.

Aug. 2: Reed Krakoff purchases his namesake business from Coach Inc. for a sawbuck — yes, $10 — and will also assume debts tied to the business and issue Coach a piece of “membership interest” in the firm.

Aug. 6: Bluestar Alliance LLC enters a definitive agreement to acquire the Catherine Malandrino brand and intellectual property assets from Tahari ASL LLC for an undisclosed sum.

Aug. 7: Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. reported an 82.1 percent increase in first-quarter profits and forecast a 15 to 20 percent comparable-store sales gain in the second quarter and a 20 percent increase for the full year.

Aug. 9: Marc Jacobs makes a major statement about beauty with his first store dedicated to the category.

Aug. 12: Naeem Khan and former creative director Lionel Geneste reach a settlement over a contact breach, with Geneste set to receive $125,000.

Aug. 15: Pilar Guzmán becomes editor in chief at Condé Nast Traveler. Klara Glowczewska had the job since 2005.

Aug. 16: Alexa Chung is one busy “It” girl: She signs a deal with Eyeko cosmetics, piling on to her upcoming book and a contributing editorship at British Vogue.

Aug. 19: Nasty Gal is growing up. The company launches its own line of footwear, Shoe Cult, and is also eyeing intimates and swimwear for next year.

Aug. 19: Hal Rubenstein’s next act? Fashion designer, of course. The writer, magazine editor, author, passionate foodie and talking head unveils plans for a namesake apparel and footwear collection for HSN.

Aug. 20: Hermès makes a U.S. push, with the brand’s Beverly Hills flagship opening in September — the first of three major retail projects Stateside.

Aug. 20: Sorry, Karlie. Rather than go the typical model route, Diesel takes to Tumblr to cast its ad campaign. The theme of Nicola Formichetti’s first campaign as artistic director of Diesel is “reboot.”

Aug. 20: Valentino has a new home at 821 Madison Avenue — a four-story town house between East 68th and East 69th Streets.

Aug. 20: Fast Retailing’s acquisition of J Brand is bearing fruit with a more detailed strategy to open locations in Los Angeles and New York in 2014 — the denim brand’s first stand-alone stores.

Aug. 21: J.C. Penney and Joe Fresh fete their collaboration with a Times Square takeover, complete with a fresh orange grove.

Aug. 23: The second quarter finally found a silver lining in Gap Inc., which topped sales estimates and projected some pep in the back half.

Aug. 23: Tory Burch details her vision to move into the beauty area, with a new fragrance, capsule color cosmetics collection and a bath and body line.

Aug. 23: An audience of 1,500 suppliers, retailers, governors and business leaders attend a manufacturing summit hosted by Wal-Mart and the NRF aimed to boost Made in USA products.

Aug. 25: The MTV Video Music Awards take Brooklyn, where Miley Cyrus infamously twerks her way to the front-page of every newspaper and Web site worldwide.

Aug. 27: Nordstrom steps up its rollout of Topshop. It will add 28 Topshop women’s departments and eight Topman men’s departments, bringing the total number of Nordstrom stores with Topshop and Topman to 42 and 18, respectively.

Aug. 28: H&M says it will open its largest store — 63,000 square feet — in Herald Center in fall 2014. The new four-level flagship will usurp the title of biggest H&M in the world from its 57,000 square-foot sibling on Fifth Avenue and 48th Street.

Aug. 28: Authorities seize $5.1 million in counterfeit goods with two separate operations in New Jersey and Los Angeles.

Aug. 28: Billabong posts a $776 million fiscal-year loss. The surfwear maker’s core brand is now valued at zero — and its board is forced to consider a last-minute alternative refinancing deal.

Aug. 29: Say Hermès? Or Homies? Puns get popular with street style’s new obsession — T-shirts, beanies and more depicting clever parodies of luxury labels.

Sept. 4: Kim Kardashian nabs a high-fashion cover with CR Fashion Book. The image of the reality star late in her pregnancy, was shot by Karl Lagerfeld and art directed by Ricardo Tisci.

Sept. 4: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proclaims Sept. 4 as “Elie Tahari Day” in New York, marking the Manhattan-based designer’s 40th anniversary in business.

Sept. 5: Peter Som links with Kohl’s for the retailer’s DesigNation series. The designer’s line of St. Barth’s-inspired pieces will arrive next spring.

Sept. 5: BFFs Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney join forces to design a capsule collection of luxe basics for the actress’ site, Goop.

Sept. 8: Lady Gaga performing songs from her upcoming album at V Magazine’s fashion week fete. Her typical costume theatrics are literally on the smaller side, as she dons only a seashell bra and matching thong.

Sept. 10: Tiffany & Co. names Francesca Amfitheatrof as design director. The British jewelry designer will oversee a team of 23 and report to executive vice president Jon King.

Sept. 10: Opening Ceremony stages its first runway show with a “Fast and the Furious”-inspired car chase, and a star-filled front row that includes Justin Bieber and Rihanna.

Sept. 10: Donna Karan fetes the 25th anniversary of DKNY with a youthful runway show featuring singer Rita Ora.

Sept. 11: As if the 90+ degree temperatures in New York aren’t making things hot enough, several editors find themselves stuck in very close quarters after Philosophy’s show when the venue’s freight elevator stalls between floors. Passengers including Suzy Menkes and Lucky’s Eva Chen eventually climb out on ladders.

Sept. 11: Contemporary label Gryphon, founded in 2006 by Aimee Cho and Andrew Rosen, shutters.

Sept. 12: Francisco Costa marks 10 years at the creative helm of Calvin Klein Collection with a fashion week-capping bash, featuring a special performance by Pharrell Williams.

Sept. 12: Staying on brand, Twitter announces its initial public offering via a tweet, revealing it has filed a confidential S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sept. 13: Shoe fanatic Carrie Bradshaw’s alter ego, Sarah Jessica Parker, unveils her own shoe line, purchased exclusively by Nordstrom.

Sept. 13: Stephanie Solomon is named fashion director at Lord & Taylor. The former vice president of fashion direction at Bloomingdale’s, who retired on June 7, says she missed fashion’s excitement and challenges.

Sept. 16: Net-a-porter Group’s The Netbook social network launches. Users share favorite products from the luxury e-tailer via a mobile app.

Sept. 20: Signaling its ambitions in the red-hot women’s footwear category, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton takes a majority stake in London-based Nicholas Kirkwood.

Sept. 25: An Azzedine Alaïa retrospective opens in Paris. Curated by Olivier Saillard, it showcases about 80 dresses amid the 19th-century splendor of the Galliera Palace.

Sept. 30: The Made in France label gets a boost, as President François Hollande unveils a 10-year plan that aims to restore pride to its ailing national industry.

 

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