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Jan. 2: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist teams with Swedish men’s underwear brand Bread & Boxers for a series of capsule collections.

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Jan. 2: Kirsten Dunst is named the first spokeswoman for L’Oréal Professionnel.

Jan. 3: Hussein Chalayan is tapped to design Vionnet’s demi-couture line.

Jan. 6: French TV channel Paris Première is marking Kate Moss’ 40th birthday with a  Dominique Miceli-shot documentary about her.

Jan. 6: Gwen Stefani and denim guru Michael Glasser team up to form DWP, a nondenim line of chic, casual clothes.

Jan. 7: Fashion’s version of the Hail Mary pass: CFDA designers created their own fantasy-football helmets in collaboration with Bloomingdale’s to honor Super Bowl XLVIII being held in the New York area.

Jan. 8: The eagerly awaited biopic “Yves Saint Laurent” hits French theaters, carrying the endorsement of the late couturier’s longtime partner, Pierre Bergé.

Jan. 8: Duckie Brown’s designing duo, Daniel Silver and Steven Cox, reveal they will show a women’s capsule group during their New York Fashion Week show in February.

Jan. 9: Louis Vuitton launches a fine jewelry and watch line, called Emprise, that takes its inspiration from the house’s famous monogrammed trunk.

Jan. 9: The yearlong celebrations for Diane von Furstenberg’s 40th anniversary of the wrap dress begin with the “Journey of a Dress” retrospective in Los Angeles.

Jan. 9: Drew Barrymore is named the first celebrity editor at large for fashion-focused Web site Refinery 29.

Jan. 10: Fifth & Pacific Cos., the former Liz Claiborne, changes its name to Kate Spade & Co., reflecting the company’s monobrand status.

Jan. 12: Palazzo Kiton, a 47,000-square-foot building housing offices, showrooms and a tailoring shop, is unveiled in Milan.

Jan. 13: Former president George W. Bush is the keynote speaker at  the National Retail Federation’s convention, but no press is allowed to cover the event.

Jan. 14: Valentino opens a men’s flagship in Paris, its first men’s-only store in the world, with items such as made-to-measure jeans retailing between $950 and $1,100.

Jan. 14: Groupon buys fashion flash-sale site Ideeli for $43 million.

Jan. 15: Printemps opens its first new store in 32 years at the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall in Paris.

Jan. 15: In a bold borough move, Alexander Wang says he will show his fall collection in Brooklyn.

Jan. 16: Sarah Jessica Parker will serve as curator of WeTheAdorned, an accessories Web site launching in the spring.

Jan. 17: Victoria Beckham signs leases for a New York office on West 25th Street and her first store, a 7,000-square-foot space on Dover Street in London.

Jan. 17: Peter Som is named designer of Les Copains’ contemporary Blue Collection.

Jan. 17: Jane Lauder is named global brand president of Clinique, one of the top three brands for the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.

Jan. 21: Spring couture week in Paris includes the first Schiaparelli runway show by its new creative director, Marco Zanini, who then abruptly leaves in the fall; The debut of Vionnet demi-couture by Hussein Chalayan; the first Paris showing of London-based house Ralph & Russo and a “One Night Only” extravaganza by Giorgio Armani, including an exhibition devoted to his Privé couture creations.

Jan. 22: At Chanel’s couture show, Karl Lagerfeld sends out every one of his models wearing glammed-up sneakers, crafted by specialty atelier Massaro. Comfortable shoes at last!

Jan. 23: Nearly a decade into their partnership, Adidas and Stella McCartney have opened their first stand-alone store in the U.S., in Miami — home to the Adidas by Stella McCartney boutique.

Jan. 27:
Tommy Hilfiger and actress Zooey Deschanel team up on a capsule collection of flirty dresses — called To Tommy, From Zooey — premiering at Macy’s in the spring.

Jan. 28: The first collection of prescription frames for Google Glass goes on sale.

Jan. 31: Christian Louboutin unveils its first concession dedicated to handbags and small leather goods, in London’s Harvey Nichols.

Jan. 31: Former president Bill Clinton, addressing a Fragrance Foundation forum, speaks on topics ranging from global interdependence and the future of humankind to why the Secret Service made him stop jogging — and reveals that he doesn’t wear fragrance.

Jan. 31: Federal officials report a record haul of phony sports memorabilia, jerseys and other apparel worth $21.6 million, just three days before the Super Bowl.


Feb. 3: At a public appearance at H&M on Broadway, David Beckham says he can’t be the barely clad underwear pinup forever: “I am 38 years old now. Pretty soon, it’s going to be time to stop putting myself up there in underwear and, hopefully, let someone else take over.” 

Feb. 3: Cathy Horyn, the longtime lead fashion critic of The New York Times, resigns to take care of Arthur Ortenberg, her ailing partner.

Feb. 4: Stuart Vevers previews his first Coach collection for “a new tribe — who the Coach girl could be. Whenever I go downtown or to Brooklyn, I always see girls carrying Coach bags, which just happen to be the vintage ones. So, to me, it’s about how to engage with that next generation.”

Feb. 5: Meggie and Chris Kempner, two of Nan Kempner’s grandchildren, launch a sportswear collection inspired by the late society legend’s unmistakable style but reimagined as if she were an on-the-move young woman living in New York today.

Feb. 5: Industry pioneer Arthur Ortenberg, 87, dies. Ortenberg, a founder and vice chairman of Liz Claiborne Inc. who later became a wildlife conservation philanthropist, succumbs to pneumonia and kidney failure.

Feb. 8: Pharrell Williams unleashes his passion for saving the environment via Raw for the Oceans, a long-term collaboration between denim brand G-Star Raw and Bionic Yarn. Its mission: to create a recycled denim collection made of plastic materials retrieved from the world’s oceans and shores.
Feb. 10: Delwar Hossain and his wife, Mahmuda Akter, both of Tazreen Fashions Ltd., surrender to the court in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as workers outside the courtroom call for them to be punished, seeking vindication for the 111 workers who were killed in a fire at the factory on Nov. 24, 2012.

Feb. 11: A new chapter starts for Marc by Marc Jacobs, as creative director Katie Hillier and design director Luella Bartley show their first full collection. It’s part of a drive to reinvigorate the contemporary line in preparation for a Marc Jacobs IPO.

Feb. 13:
Ralph Lauren unveils Polo for Women at his fall runway show — amid a massive snowstorm. The collection goes from Americana to Aztec, Navajo, plaids, florals and ruffles as well as an outdoorsy, rugged element.

Feb. 13: Diane von Furstenberg names Michael Herz artistic director to lead the promotion, direction and design of the DVF brand. Herz, no stranger to the house, had already curated the “Journey of a Dress” show in Los Angeles.

Feb. 18: Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher dies at his home in Osceola, Wis., at age 72.

Feb. 19:
Ralph Lauren names Valérie Hermann — former president and chief executive officer of Reed Krakoff, ceo of Yves Saint Laurent and president of John Galliano — as president of Ralph Lauren Luxury Collections, a new post.

Feb. 24: Chinese fashion retailer Shenzhen Marisfrolg Fashion Co. Ltd. takes control of Krizia SpA, and
founder Mariuccia Mandelli steps down after six decades.

Feb. 24: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton forms a joint venture with designer Marco de Vincenzo to develop his ready-to-wear label.

Feb. 28:
Versace discloses that Blackstone Group is to buy a 20 percent stake in the fashion house to finance future growth.


March 4: Suzy Menkes reveals she will leave The International New York Times after 26 years to become a critic and reporter for all the International Vogue Web sites.

March 12: Brendan Hoffman, president and ceo of The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., says he will not renew his contract when it expires next February.

March 12:
Pharrell Williams teams with Comme des Garçons to create a scent called Girl. Later in the month, he collaborates with Adidas Originals.

March 13: Vanessa Friedman joins The New York Times as fashion director and chief fashion critic.

March 14: Sofia Vergara unveils Sofia by Sofia Vergara, her first scent, with a launch set on HSN on April 24. “I just don’t want to give them my name and say, ‘Do whatever you want,’” she tells WWD. “I am trying to create my brand.”

March 18: L’Wren Scott commits suicide at her Chelsea apartment at the age of 49.

March 18: Bunny Mellon, garden designer, philanthropist and WASP society icon, dies at age 103.

March 24: Steven Madden Ltd. and Brian Atwood partner to acquire the Brian Atwood intellectual property and related assets in a series of transactions involving Blue Alliance LLC and The Jones Group Inc.

March 25: Calvin Klein Inc. reveals  that president and chief commercial officer Steve Shiffman is to become chief executive officer on July 1, succeeding Tom Murry, who assumes an advisory role until he retires next Jan. 31.

NEXT: April — June >>


April 1: Macy’s Inc. promotes Jeffrey Gennette to president.

April 2: Neiman Marcus merges its store and online merchandising teams into a single organization. Jim Gold is named president.

April 2: Kering partners with professional surfer Kelly Slater to launch his own brand.

April 3: Fashion executives, including Andrew Rosen, Khajak Keledjian and John Howard, invest in indoor-cycling brand Flywheel Sports, a competitor to SoulCycle. The round of investment is led by Lew Frankfort’s Benvolio Group and Catterton Partners.

April 4: More than 300 workers at three separate Cambodian factories faint en masse due to noxious paint fumes and the consumption of unsanitary food.

April 4: Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o is named the next face of Lancôme.

April 4: Longtime Self editor in chief Lucy Danziger is let go and replaced by Joyce Chang.

April 7: Glen Senk, former ceo of David Yurman and Urban Outfitters Inc., forms Front Row Partners, linking with private-equity firm Berkshire Partners on the new venture, with a focus on retail and consumer brands.

April 7: Condé Nast settles its “unpaid intern” lawsuit, aka Ballinger vs. Advance Magazine Publishers Inc., filed by former W Magazine intern Lauren Ballinger and former New Yorker intern Matthew Leib, who claimed they were paid below minimum wage when working for the Condé titles.

April 7: New York’s Roseland Ballroom closes after 95 years with a sold-out show by Lady Gaga.

April 8: Daniel Lalonde is named ceo of Paris-based SMCP Group, the parent company of Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot.

April 8: Peaches Geldof, daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, dies at age 25.

April 8: Angela Ahrendts, outgoing ceo of Burberry, is named honorary Dame Commander of the British Empire, before taking her new role as senior vice president of retail and online stores at Apple.

April 10: Yahoo names Bobbi Brown as editor in chief of its online beauty magazine; a few days later, the tech giant hires Joe Zee to head its fashion site.

April 10: Christian Dior presents its first couture show in Hong Kong.

April 16: Banana Republic hires Marissa Webb, former J. Crew head of design, as creative director.

April 18: Thousands of workers continue a wage strike started in early April against manufacturing giant Yue Yuen Holdings Ltd., which makes shoes for Nike and Adidas, among other brands.

April 23: Born Free, a project to eradicate mother-to-child HIV transmission, launches with major fashion support from Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and Apax Partners.

April 24: Primark is coming to the U.S., with plans to open its first store in Boston in 2015.

April 24: Saks Fifth Avenue signs a deal for its second Manhattan location at Brookfield Place, downtown on Vesey Street.

April 25: Kering shuffles its top management: Marco Bizzarri becomes ceo of Kering’s new luxury couture and leather goods division, and Albert Bensoussan joins the company from Louis Vuitton as ceo of luxury watches and jewelry.

April 25: Days after thieves hit a London Chanel store, masked burglars rob Dior’s and Céline’s stockrooms on Avenue Montaigne in Paris.

April 29: Rodolfo Paglialunga is named creative director of Jil Sander.

April 30: Karl Lagerfeld BF signs a five-year agreement with Chaloub Inc. to open a network of Lagerfeld stores in the Middle East.


May 1: Boston Magazine wins the ASME for best cover for its Boston Marathon commemoration, depicting running shoes in the shape of a heart.


May 2: Cate Blanchett becomes the face and ambassador of Sì, Giorgio Armani’s latest scent.

May 2: J. Crew Group Inc. registers the J. Crew Mercantile name to potentially launch stores or products with lower prices.

May 5: Men’s Wearhouse introduces a limited-edition collection from Joseph Abboud for fall.

May 6: The fashion elite and those deemed worthy by Anna Wintour attend the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the men’s dress code is “white tie and decorations.” That morning, Michelle Obama cuts the ribbon on the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Met.

May 6: Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso’s #GirlBoss book-tour extravaganza touches down in New York.

May 8: Dior sails to Brooklyn — literally — by chartering a fleet of water taxis to transport guests to its cruise festivities at the Navy Yard.

May 8: Goop opens its first pop-up shop in Los Angeles.

May 9: Michael Kors makes his first trip to Mainland China for a Shanghai extravaganza, including a runway show in a private 30,000-square-foot jet hangar.

May 9: Kara Walker’s “Marvelous Sugar Baby” sculpture opens at the old Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn.

May 12: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen open their first store for The Row on Melrose Place.

May 12: After 14 years as vice chairman of Ralph Lauren Corp., Roger Farrah steps down. He joins Tory Burch in September as co-ceo.

May 12: François-Henri Pinault joins the boycott of the Sultan of Brunei-owned Dorchester Collection of hotels over the country’s impending introduction of Sharia law.

May 12: The body of Jay Ott, the designer for Crippen and Rosetta Getty who had been missing since March, is found in the East River.

May 13: Ralph Lauren makes a multimillion-dollar donation to the Royal Marsden Hospital for a new cancer research center, the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research, set to open next year.

May 14: Chanel’s cruise show caravans to Dubai.

May 15: Julie de Libran is named artistic director of Sonia Rykiel.

May 15: The New York Times suddenly dismisses executive editor Jill Abramson.

May 16: Louise Wilson, the beloved and influential course director for the M.A. program at Central Saint  Martins, dies.

May 17: Capping off a trio of over-the-top cruise collections by French luxury mega houses, Louis Vuitton shows in Monaco.

May 19: New York State Supreme Court grants designer Rachel Roy a preliminary injunction barring The Jones Group from proceeding with the sale of her business to Bluestar Alliance for $14.6 million.

May 20: The CFDA adds Fashion Instagrammer of the Year to its award categories.

May 22: Sean Combs projects $1 billion in sales from new licenses and international growth.

May 23: John Galliano is named creative director of Russian perfumery chain L’Etoile.


June 2: Edward S. Finkelstein, former chairman and ceo of R.H. Macy & Co., dies at age 89.

June 3: Tom Ford is honored with the CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.

June 3: Rihanna wears a see-through Adam Selman gown to the CFDAs.

June 3: In its “Iconoclasts” collaboration, Louis Vuitton enlists six icons — Karl Lagerfeld, Frank Gehry, Cindy Sherman, Rei Kawakubo, Christian Louboutin and Marc Newson — to reimagine the brand’s classic brown-and-gold monogram.

June 4: Proenza Schouler launches swimwear via a licensing partnership with Swimwear Anywhere.

June 6: Alexander Wang launches his first Balenciaga scent, B Balenciaga.

June 10: Ebay unveils Designer Collective, a current-season, full-price shopping destination with 16 American brands.

June 10: DKNY reveals its capsule collection with Cara Delevingne, CARAD4DKNY.

June 17:
Olivier Theyskens leaves Theory.

June 25: The Limited introduces The Limited Scandal Collection, a capsule inspired by the wardrobe of Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington’s character on ABC’s hit drama “Scandal.”

June 27: Chanel opens its first U.S. pop-up shop in Aspen, Colo.

NEXT: July — September >>


July 1: Fédération Française de la Couture, French fashion’s governing body, elects Ralph Toledano president, succeeding Didier Grumbach.
July 7: John Varvatos taps a rock icon, Ringo Starr, as the face of the brand’s fall campaign.
July 8: Ellen Degeneres tries her hand at fashion, launching a lifestyle brand, called E.D., in partnership with Burch Creative Capital.
July 9: Michael Kors begins a men’s push, appointing Mark Brashear, former chairman and ceo of Hugo Boss, as global men’s wear president.

July 10:
Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Models and modeling-agency pioneer, dies at age 92.
July 14: Calvin Klein launches a capsule collection with that features limited-edition versions of nine of the brand’s most recognizable pieces, modeled by Kate Moss’ half sister, Lottie.

July 15: Tory Burch and Fitbit team up on wearable-tech accessories.
July 15: Max Mara taps Amy Adams as the face of its forthcoming fall and spring campaigns.
July 17: H&M opens its largest store in the world — a 57,000-square-foot unit at 589 Fifth Avenue.
July 17: Karl Lagerfeld gets Barbie-fied, thanks to a limited-edition doll created in his likeness — fingerless gloves and all — by Mattel.
July 17: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton names Givenchy chief Sebastian Suhl as ceo of Marc Jacobs.

July 18: The CFDA extends Diane von Furstenberg’s term as president through 2016.
July 22: Lord & Taylor adds concept shops for Brand Assembly and Birdcage and its Fifth Avenue flagship as showcases for emerging designers.
July 23: Christian Louboutin enters the beauty market with a range of nail polishes contained in strikingly tall, spiky bottles.
July 23: Prada returns to Barneys New York after a three-year hiatus. The retailer marks the occasion with an all-Prada window installation.
July 24:
The CFDA acquires the Fashion Calendar, the official New York fashion week show schedule that was founded by Ruth Finley in 1954.
July 28: Harrods goes big in its footwear offerings, unveiling a 42,000-square-foot shoe floor, dubbed “Harrods Shoe Heaven.”

July 30: Snoopy gets the fashion treatment 30 years after the debut of “Snoopy in Fashion,” as designers including Dries van Noten, Rodarte and Isabel Marant outfit the famous beagle.

July 30: BaubleBar raises $10 million in a Series B financing led by J. Christopher Burch’s Burch Creative Capital.

July 25: Wal-Mart calls upon Greg Foran, president and ceo of Wal-Mart Asia, to lead the U.S. business as president and ceo of Wal-Mart U.S.


Aug. 1: Kathryn Bufano is named president and ceo of The Bon-Ton Stores Inc.
Aug. 6: The Soho House opens its largest property to date in Chicago’s West Loop area.
Aug. 8: Brooke Shields teams with MAC Cosmetics as part of the beauty brand’s Icon collection.

Aug. 8: Workers in Bangladesh continue to protest low wages, embarking on a hunger strike.
Aug. 11:
“Five Decades of Style,” a fashion exhibition dedicated to Oscar de la Renta, opens in Dallas’ George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Aug. 11: Barneys New York settles its racial profiling case, agreeing to pay $525,000 in costs, fees and penalties.
Aug. 11: Lucky Magazine leaves Condé Nast to form The Lucky Group, a joint venture with e-commerce platform BeachMint.
Aug. 12:
Harper’s Bazaar plucks Emma Ferrer — granddaughter of Audrey Hepburn — out of relative obscurity for its September subscriber cover.
Aug. 12: Hollywood legend and fashion darling Lauren Bacall dies at age 89.
Aug. 14: Mobile-only shopping app Spring launches with backing from major fashion figures such as Bernard Arnault, Lew Frankfort and Silas Chou.
Aug. 18: Kelly Osbourne enters the fashion fold with a contemporary line, Stories…by Kelly Osbourne, exclusively for HSN.
Aug. 19: Julian Geiger returns as ceo of Aéropostale, a position he held from 1998 to 2010.
Aug. 19: Gisele Bündchen tops Forbes’ list of the highest-paid models for the year, cashing in at $47 million.
Aug. 20: Penske Media Corp. acquires Fairchild Fashion Media from Condé Nast in a deal that includes WWD, Footwear News, M Magazine and the Fairchild Summits and events business.
Aug. 22: Prabal Gurung gets into the beauty game with a 14-piece group in partnership with MAC Cosmetics.
Aug. 27: The lawsuit brought by Balenciaga against former designer Nicolas Ghesquière moves out of the courtroom and into mediation.


Sept. 1:
Luxottica Group SpA reshapes its management strategy based on a co-ceo model, with current ceo Andrea Guerra leaving the company after 10 years.
Sept. 2: Angelina Jolie marries Brad Pitt wearing a couture Atelier Versace dress, featuring a train detailed with embroidered drawings done by their children.

Sept. 3: Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a New York Fashion Week kickoff party at Gracie Mansion, attracting the likes of Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenberg.

Sept. 4: Joan Rivers, who changed the way the red carpet is covered, dies at age 81 after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure.
Sept. 5: Jason Wu sells a controlling stake in his business to InterLuxe, a new investment firm backed by Gary Wassner and Allen Questrom.

Sept. 5: Altuzarra for Target launches with a star-studded fete in New York, attracting fans including Naomi Watts, Keri Russell and Naomie Harris.
Sept. 6: Band of Outsiders opens its New York flagship, a 4,800-square-foot space in SoHo.
Sept. 8: Ralph Lauren holds a 4-D fashion show, a hologram projected on Central Park’s Cherry Hill Lake, for his Polo women’s line.

Sept. 8: Anthony Vaccarello X Versus Versace hosts a fashion show and after party heavily attended by celebrities, such as Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Naomi Campbell.
Sept. 8: In lieu of a traditional runway show, Opening Ceremony holds a one-act play, cowritten by Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill and starring Rashida Jones, Elle Fanning and Karlie Kloss, among others, to present its spring collection.
Sept. 9: Miley Cyrus launches her art collection “Dirty Hippie” backstage at Jeremy Scott’s fashion show.

Sept. 10: Apple introduces the Apple Watch, as well as two new iPhone models and the new Apple Pay payment system.
Sept. 14: Neiman Marcus acquires German online luxury retailer

Sept. 14: Marchesa marks its 10th anniversary with a homecoming to London Fashion Week.

Sept. 17: Dsquared2 opens its first U.S. store on Rodeo Drive.

Sept. 17: Betsey Johnson hits reality TV as a competitor on “Dancing With the Stars.” The spry 72-year- old, known for her cartwheels on the runway, was voted off in Week 4.

Sept. 18: Jeremy Scott presents his spring collection for Moschino, taking sartorial inspiration from Barbie.

Sept. 18: Miuccia Prada pulls star model Gemma Ward out of retirement to walk in the Prada’s spring show.

Sept. 23: Marni installs a pop-up flower market in Milan’s Rotonda della Besana following its spring collection.

Sept. 24: Victoria Beckham opens her first store, a 6,040-square-foot space on Dover Street in London.

Sept. 26: Jonathan Anderson presents his debut collection for Loewe during Paris Fashion Week.
Sept. 27:
Chloé founder Gaby Aghion dies in her Paris home at age 93.
Sept. 29: Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, is named editorial director of the title as well as Seventeen Magazine.

NEXT: October — December >>


Oct. 1: Karl Lagerfeld stages a dazzling fake “protest” for his spring Chanel show, inspired by feminism and in celebration of women demanding the right to be chic.

Oct. 7: Renzo Rosso appoints John Galliano as creative director of Maison Martin Margiela.
Oct. 8: The abundance of fringe looks on the Paris runways — from Givenchy to Dries Van Noten to Isabel Marant — offers an updated nod to free-spirited Seventies style.
Oct. 20: Layers of colors, patterns, textures and technical fabrics mark the Japanese runways at Tokyo Fashion Week.
Oct. 21: Bernard Arnault and François Hollande officially inaugurate the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris with a plethora of fashion designers, Hollywood actresses, politicians and artists.

Oct. 27: Beyoncé teams with Topshop to design an ath-leisure line.

Oct. 27: Paul Poiret is poised to be the next marquee-brand revival as Luvanis SA, the current owner of the Poiret trademarks, plans to sell it via an online auction.

Oct. 28: Joseph Altuzarra and his ceo, Karis Durmer, speak about balancing art and commerce at WWD’s CEO Summit.

Oct. 28: Shanghai Fashion Week winds down after eight days of shows from Chinese designers and numerous events from international fashion brands.

Oct. 29: Christian Dior takes over a four-level retail space on Ginza’s main drag to stage the latest incarnation of its sprawling retrospective, Esprit Dior
Oct. 30: Jewelry line K/ller Collection scoops the CFDA and Lexus’ Eco-Fashion Challenge prize of $75,000.

Oct. 30: Chris Benz is appointed creative director of Bill Blass.
Oct. 31: Marissa Webb visits Banana Republic’s Manhattan Lower Fifth Store to preview the retailer’s holiday collection. BR is banking on her for a reinvention.


Nov. 3: Louis Vuitton names Anthony Ledru president and ceo of the Americas, effective Jan. 1.

Nov. 4: Dior is set to christen its latest retail outpost, designed by Peter Marino in Manhattan’s SoHo.
Nov. 5: A Paris labor court rejects John Galliano’s claims of wrongful dismissal and orders him to pay a symbolic euro to each of his former employers — Christian Dior and his namesake company, John Galliano.

Nov. 7: Alexander Wang’s holiday collaboration with H&M draws throngs throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Nov. 11: Ralph Rucci exits his namesake fashion house “to pursue other creative endeavors,” says a company statement.
Nov. 12: Barneys taps Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin for a holiday campaign.
Nov. 13: Stella McCartney receives the Women’s Leadership Award from the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, which benefits residential arts programs.

Nov. 14: Pierre Cardin makes his Paris museum debut in a private exhibition space in the Marais district with a show dubbed “Past-Present-Future,” with 200 looks on display from 1951 to the present.
Nov. 17: Elie Saab makes his first public appearance in the U.S. in Los Angeles in advance of plans to roll out stores in Beverly Hills and New York, as well as deepen his relationships with retail partners.

Nov. 18: Intel reveals the functionality of its MICA bracelet, the wearable-tech accessory codesigned by Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
Nov. 19: The 2015 Pirelli Calendar, photographed by Steven Meisel and unveiled in Milan, has a pinup angle and an edgy touch, thanks to styling by Carine Roitfeld.

Nov. 25:
Derek Lam’s contemporary line, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, opens its first stand-alone store in New York.


Dec. 1: At the British Fashion Awards, Designer of the Year honors go to Erdem Moralioglu (women’s wear), Jonathan Anderson (men’s wear) and Nicolas Ghesquière (international), while Victoria Beckham walks away with Brand of the Year.

Dec. 2: In an Alpine-inspired ode to Mitteleuropa, Karl Lagerfeld ignites the pre-fall season by showing his collection for Chanel in Salzburg.

Dec. 4: New York City officials reveal plans to invest $3.5 million in a new fashion epicenter called the Manufacturing Innovation Hub for Apparel, Textiles & Wearable Tech, designed to drum up local manufacturing, create jobs and support emerging designers, in the privately run Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Dec. 4: A separate New York Men’s Fashion Week is likely to become a reality, as the CFDA says it’s lining up sponsors for a summer debut.

Dec. 8: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make their first official visit to New York. Among their stops, Kate visits a Harlem school, while William jets off to meet President Obama. The British royals meet King James — as in LeBron — at the Barclays Center for a Nets game. 

Dec. 10: Dior takes over Tokyo’s famed sumo stadium to show Raf Simons’ “Blade Runner”-inspired pre-fall show: a futuristic, outdoorsy take on daywear rife with both function and sequined shimmer.

Dec. 10:
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli stage their first Valentino show in New York, an all-white couture presentation in the former Whitney Museum, celebrating the house’s massive Fifth Avenue flagship and an homage to Valentino Garavani’s legendary 1968 white collection.

Dec. 12: Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini, and ceo, Patrizio di Marco, are leaving the storied Florentine house. Marco Bizzarri, ceo of parent Kering’s luxury couture and leather goods division, will succeed di Marco, while a search is under way for a creative director.


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