It was the news that shocked the fashion industry: Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole, who turned Gucci Group into a powerhouse and helped alter the luxury landscape, said in November they would leave the group at the end of April 2004. Speculation over their futures pulsed through the industry throughout the year, which is why they are WWD’s Newsmakers of 2003. For more on Ford and De Sole and on the industry’s remaining top 10 stories, see the WWD Year In Fashion section.

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