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WWD Year In Fashion issue 12/11/2007

Jan. 16: Cameron Diaz is stunning at the Golden Globes in a frothy white tulle gown from Valentino.

Jan. 17: Olivier Theyskens makes his Nina Ricci debut with an array of brooding pre-fall looks.

Jan. 23: Master of disguise John Galliano poses in costume as Lieutenant Pinkerton at the end of his “Madame Butterfly”-themed couture show for Dior.

Jan. 23: British fashion house Jean Muir announces it will close in April.

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Jan. 25: Models don halos and Virgin Mary headdresses at Jean Paul Gaultier’s glorious couture show.

Jan. 30: Fashion designers and editors react to the “skinny model issue,” in light of new regulations about the weight of models. The majority of designers say it won’t affect their castings or ad campaigns. Karl Lagerfeld goes so far as to call the regulations “politically correct fascism.”

Feb. 2: Downtowners deprived of big-box stores rejoice as Proenza Schouler’s Target collection hits the racks at Opening Ceremony.

Feb. 2: Downtowners deprived of big-box stores rejoice as Proenza Schouler’s Target collection hits the racks at Opening Ceremony.

Feb. 7: Donatella Versace, shown here with Rupert Everett, receives the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style award and also accepts one for her late brother, Gianni.

Feb. 9: Former Guess model Anna Nicole Smith dies at 39.

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Feb. 12: Tommy Hilfiger returns to the runway after a two-season hiatus.

Feb. 12: Isabel Toledo makes a comeback with Anne Klein. In November, Anne Klein’s owner, Jones Apparel Group, says it will pull the plug on the designer collection, ousting Toledo, to focus on the brand’s bridge and better lines.

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Feb. 13: Kenneth Cole receives the first AIDS Activism Award, presented by the National Arts Club and Living Beyond Belief.

Feb. 15: Marc Jacobs’ retail madness continues. The designer opens his first store in London, on Mayfair’s Mount Street.

Feb. 20: Victoria Beckham kicks off her lifestyle brand in New York, though she worries about name recognition in her adopted country, asking, “Do people really know who [David and I] are in America?” Four months later, she launches her label at Saks Fifth Avenue, with 400 screaming fans and paparazzi causing a pileup on the red carpet.

Feb. 26: Barneys New York goes green with the launch of Loomstate for Barneys Green, an organic casualwear collection.

March 1: Paging Walt Disney: models sprout Mickey Mouse ears on Comme des Garçons’ fall runway.

March 1: Karl Lagerfeld responds to the scandal involving Courtney Love wearing a blatant Chanel knockoff to an event, saying the counterfeiting was clear to him: “The feathers are not our feathers.”

March 1: Coco Rocha clogs down Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway, showing off her Celtic dance moves. The collection that follows is appropriately Scottish Highlands- inspired.

March 5: A few days later, Lagerfeld channels his inner weather wizard, making it “snow” at Chanel’s winter-themed fall show.

March 5: Olivier Theyskens makes an ethereal runway debut for Nina Ricci, taking inspiration from the Lalique frosted-glass dove crowning the house’s perfume.

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March 15: Mother-daughter duo Marie and Kelly Gray return to St. John.

March 19: Renowned retailer Janet Brown dies at 59.

March 19: It’s announced that Thom Browne will create a line for Brooks Brothers, Black Fleece, which will include men’s and women’s looks.

March 23: H&M must not be Madonna’s lucky star. As her collection for the store launches worldwide,crowds do not nearly equal those for its previous collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld and Viktor & Rolf.

March 29: Hedi Slimane is out as the designer of Dior Homme, to be replaced by Kris Van Assche (left).

April 6: Topshop launches a Web microsite dedicated to Kate Moss’ new collection. A month later, Barneys New York would serve as the U.S. launchpad for the Moss-Topshop collection.

April 12: He’s baaaaack. Tom Ford opens his men’s boutique on Madison Avenue to the Manhattan masses after two days of events for editors, stylists and retailers.

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April 16: Pat Buckley dies at 80.

April 16: Call her Klum the klutz. At the introduction of her second jewelry collection for QVC, Heidi Klum falls into the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

April 17: All for one, one for all: H&M opens its first store in Shanghai.

April 17: Bryan Bradley signs on to create an exclusive collection for Lord & Taylor.

April 17: A Prada bash kicks off the opening of the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia, Spain, at the Mercado Central, which was playfully redesigned by Rem Koolhaas’ AMO think tank.

April 19: J.C. Penney confirms it plans to open an outpost in Manhattan.

April 26: Nicole Miller celebrates her 25th anniversary in business.

May 3: Tommy Hilfiger appears on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to dispel the urban legend that he once appeared on her program saying he didn’t want Jews, Hispanics or African-Americans to wear his clothing.

May 7: Narciso Rodriguez finds a backer in Claiborne. The company estimates his brand to have $100 million in sales potential.

May 8: The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala salutes Paul Poiret with everyone from Kate Bosworth to Kirsten Dunst donning appropriately Twenties-themed gowns. The exhibition opens at the museum 10 days later.

May 8: Fashion icon Isabella Blow dies. In October, Alexander McQueen celebrates Blow with a collection of high glamour and romance, and major hats by Philip Treacy.

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May 10: The Simply Vera Vera Wang collection for Kohl’s is unveiled.

May 11: Giorgio Armani announces Beyoncé Knowles as the face of his latest fragrance, Emporio Armani Diamonds.

May 18: Ralph Lauren conquers Russia, opening a Moscow flagship.

May 23: Who knew he could bake? Tom Ford reveals his great-grandmother’s pecan praline recipe on “The Martha Stewart Show.”

May 24: Patrick Robinson joins the Gap as executive vice president of design.

May 25: Valentino denies he will retire in July. (He stays true to his word, instead retiring in September.)

May 29: Michael Vollbracht resigns from Bill Blass.

May 30: Marc Bouwer and Elle’s Nina Garcia are among the flustered judges at Mexico City’s Miss Universe pageant when Miss Mexico is ousted to the boos of a rabid crowd. But a tumble on the part of Miss USA Rachel Smith placates the audience for a bit.

June 5: The Old Guard collides with the New as Oscar de la Renta ties with Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA Fashion Awards.

June 12: Zaha Hadid’s futuristic “mobile art” pavilion for Chanel is unveiled in Venice, displaying the work of 15 artists commissioned by the house to pay tribute to its classic quilted handbag.

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June 18: Gianfranco Ferré dies. In September, the house taps Lars Nilsson as its designer.

June 21: Rose Marie Bravo departs Burberry Group’s board and her role as vice chairman.

June 21: Despite inclement weather, Anya Hindmarch’s $15 “I’m not a plastic bag” totes incite round-the-block lines at Whole Foods stores in the Tristate area.

June 21: More than $230 million in fake designer label merchandise (bearing logos including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Rolex, among others) is confiscated at three New York-based operations by federal officials, who believe the trio has imported roughly $700 million in goods over the last 24 months.

June 28: Liz Claiborne dies at 78.

July 12: Phillip Lim’s first freestanding store opens in New York’s SoHo.

July 27: Gap Inc. taps Glenn Murphy, of Canadian chain Shoppers Drug Mart, as its chief executive officer.

July 27: Bill Blass hires Peter Som (below) as head of its women’s division.

Aug. 2: Denim goes rainbow bright: Pucci and Seven For All Mankind become partners for limited edition jeans.

Aug. 1: YSL and Vuitton have an unexpected new neighbor — cheap-chic H&M finally gets a spot on the luxe Champs-Elysées.

Aug. 13: Brooke Astor dies at age 105.

Aug. 17: Break out the credit cards — Saks Fifth Avenue opens its new footwear floor, dubbed 10022-SHOE, creating the largest designer shoe presentation in Manhattan.

Aug. 21: Call it court-date chic. The summer sees Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie work their legal woes into winning style statements.

Sept. 5: Valentino announces his retirement, as does Giancarlo Giammetti. The next day, it is revealed that Alessandra Facchinetti will take the reins at the venerable Italian fashion house.

Sept. 7: Huh? Clive Owen, seated at far right, makes an unexplained appearance at Miss Sixty, sitting with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hilary Swank and Demi Moore.

Sept. 14: Yohji Yamamoto announces plans to launch a “supercasual” diffusion line called Coming Soon.

Sept. 26: Miuccia Prada still believes in fairies — at least the ones on her runway. She shows a collection full of enchantment, from the magical Rem Koolhaas sets to the tulip-heeled shoes.

Oct. 2-3: Nicolas Ghesquière and Dries Van Noten take the season’s floral trend to new heights. Ghesquière’s Balenciaga collection features structured, space-chic flowered pieces, while the next day, Van Noten mixes and matches prints to improbably cohesive, beautiful effect.

Oct. 5: John Galliano announces a children’s collection, in partnership with Diesel, to launch next year. This from the man who brought the world “homeless chic.”

Oct. 7: Alber Elbaz chics up polyester, using the fabric in his Lanvin collection of fluid, draped dresses and trenches.

Oct. 10: Bill Clinton announces a partnership between 132-year-old Swiss watch brand Audemars Piguet and the Clinton Foundation.

Oct. 16: Hogan taps New York designer Thakoon Panichgul to work on a mystery collaborative project that will be available in stores in July.

Oct. 23: Los Angeles Fashion Week suffers from lack of buzz, B-list celebs (Ross the Intern, Jesse James) and less-than-legit designers.

Oct. 23: Stella McCartney unveils her debut lingerie collection.

Oct. 25: The Fashion Group International Night of Stars honors Jean Paul Gaultier with its Superstar prize.

Oct. 26: In a bold distribution deal, Tommy Hilfiger announces that Macy’s Inc. will be the exclusive retailer of Tommy Hilfiger sportswear in the U.S., beginning next fall.

Oct. 28: The Takashi Murakami retrospective at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art opens with a gala that draws Marc Jacobs, Anjelica Huston, Tom Ford, John Baldessari and Pharrell Williams.

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Oct. 29: Luella Bartley collaborates with surf brand O’Neill on a collection, Luella for O’Neill, inspired by Seventies skater and surfer Peggy Oki. It’s slated to hit stores in March.

Nov. 1: Nordstrom signs a letter of intent on the New York site formerly known as the Drake Hotel, indicating that it may be a leading contender for the retailer’s Manhattan flagship.

Nov. 5: Josie Natori celebrates 30 years of business with retailer pals including Bill Dillard 2nd, Terry Lundgren, Burt Tansky, Michael Gould, Pete Nordstrom and Stephen I. Sadove. The group leads Bill Dillard’s son to observe, “That’s classic Josie. Look at her lining up all those guys. Who else could pull all of this off?”

Nov. 6: Giorgio Armani is now the owner of the tallest tower in the Ginza district, opening his first store in the Tokyo shopping mecca.

Nov. 9: Roberto Cavalli arrives at New York’s H&M flagship to unveil his lineup of mostly animal-printed looks and greet a crowd of fans, including one who picks up his discarded cigar to sell on eBay.

Nov. 15: Hong Kong boutique owner Joyce Ma announces her retirement.

Nov. 19: Fashion’s kitchen sink sale, 7th on Sale, includes the likes of Doo-Ri Chung and Nicole Miller acting as de facto shopgirls for their wares.

Nov. 26: Adidas Originals is set to collaborate with Diesel on a denim line called, inventively enough, Adidas Originals Denim by Diesel.

Dec. 4: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana give themselves a $15 million present: a 12,960-square-foot refurbished flagship on Madison Avenue in New York.

Dec. 5: Alessandra Facchinetti unveils her first effort for the house of Valentino, for pre-fall, in New York. “For me, it was very important to come to New York,” Facchinetti said. “I always feel it’s important to meet in person, and to explain the way I work, and the way the pieces are constructed so that people understand who I am.”

Dec. 5: Two decades after the U.S. helped put Christian Lacroix on fashion’s map, he opens his first store in Manhattan, a Baroque emporium on East 57th Street.

Dec. 7: Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel to bring the Eiffel Tower a little closer to Big Ben. Bringing a blast of Gallic chic and punk energy to London, Lagerfeld staged a blockbuster show of luxury pre-fall ready-to-wear, and unleashed fleets of Chanel-logoed black cabs to ferry guests to dinners and parties around town.

In Memoriam

The following are among those from the worlds of fashion, retail, beauty and media who died in 2007.

Jean-Marc Alfandari
Irwin Alfin
Earle K. Angstadt Jr.
Brooke Astor

John Belk
Murray Berkowitz
Mark Birley
Clarence M. “Mort” Bishop Jr.
Milton Bloom
Isabella Blow
Robert Bolger
Roswell Brayton Jr.
Charles E. Broudy
Janet Brown
Pat Buckley
John Budd

Milton Cahn
Clare Cain
Michael Steven Cannon
Liz Claiborne
Michael Corvino
Jacques Courtin-Clarins

David Dworkin

Charles Evans
Dominique Emschwiller
Harold Engel

Gianfranco Ferré
Connie L. Finell

Herbert Gallant
Herb Gallen
Louis Gioia
Howard Gittis
Mary Joan Glynn
Charles Grossman

Jacques Helleu
Harry Bulova Henshel
Toni Howard
Elizabeth Jerrett

Pino Lancetti
Sol Levine
Arthur Levy
Jack Lindner

Thomas Marotta
John Lorne MacDougall
Mary Merris
Raymond D. Nasher

Kihachiro Onitsuka
Kazuko Oshima

Mark Pipino
Claude Pompidou
Leda Pucci
Franklin Rizzo
Steven Robinson
Anita Roddick
Harvey Roseman
Dennis Roth
Elie de Rothschild
Baron Guy de Rothschild
Dorinda Dixon “D.D.” Ryan

Steven J. Seidman
Anna Nicole Smith
Hans Stern

Thelma Sweetinburgh
Samuel Swirsky

Robert Tammero
Larry Tilleskjor

Beatrice Anderson Voorheis
Charles R. Walgreen Jr.
Helen R. Walton