If there's one fashion lesson to be learned in 2012, it would be this: Keep your lawyer on speed-dial.
The year had a heaping helping of name-calling and nasty lawsuits that often veered from the professional into the personal sphere — and one memorable physical assault. Together, these incidents gave credence to the cliche that fashion is one bitchy business.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"