WWD@100: Remarkable Moments 41-50

A look at some of the more memorable styles, socials, parties, designers, entrepeneurs, artists, celebrities and newsmaking events from WWD‘s 100 years of coverage.



A 1973 tête-à-tête among five American and five French designers at the famous palace led to a rethinking of fashion stereotypes.

Founded in 1976, Liz Claiborne’s sportswear company was among the most successful apparel firms in the world, boasting quality and affordability.

Discotheques were the place to revel the night away for stars in the late Seventies. The energy was universal, and the famous clubs became hotbeds of style.

The trend of women wearing sneakers for commutes originated with the NYC transit strike in April 1980, when the city’s professional women hoofed it.

From Love Story to The Getaway, actress Ali MacGraw was one of the style icons of the Seventies with her fresh-faced bohemian beauty, knit cap and all.

Halston truly owned the Seventies. Despite his spare, straightforward style, he was synonymous with all things glamorous in the Disco Age.

The infamous 1980 jean campaign starring a young Brooke Shields kicked off a long career of provocation for Calvin Klein.

Yves Saint Laurent’s launch of Opium in 1977 was a watershed moment for the fragrance industry, and the tide of designer fragrance has risen ever since.

WWD came up with the moniker the Nouvelle Society era to describe the infamous Eighties social scene dominated by financial titans and their clotheshorse wives.

After creating the pouf dress that dazzled the fashion world in the mid-Eighties, Christian Lacroix now has no part in the licensing group that bears his name.