The Year in Fashion

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WWD selected the biggest newsmaker of the year: the king of luxury, Bernard Arnault.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Bernard Arnault

Business Features

Newsmaker of the Year: Bernard Arnault

France’s richest man solidified his claim to fame this year as one of the fashion world’s boldest and most formidable power players.

clock December 12, 2011Miles Socha

Coty chief executive officer Bernd Beetz photographed for WWD Beauty Inc in his office at 2 Park Avenue


Number 4: Star Scents

Coty chief Bernd Beetz is leading the charge in the resurgence of designer fragrance and continued strength in celebrity endorsements.

clock December 12, 2011Pete Born

Coach in Shanghai.

Business Features

Number 2: Challenge in the East

China’s manufacturing sector took a big hit this year, but a fast-rising middle class has spurred growth from the retail side.

clock December 12, 2011Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Portrait of Vogue Paris editor Emmanuelle Alt

Fashion Features

Fashion Moments of 2011

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.

clock December 12, 2011WWD Staff

The Wall Street bronze Bull sits between empty streets in Lower Manhattan, New York, early August 28, 2011 as Hurricane Irene hits the city and Tri State area with rain and high winds.


Number 1: The Economy

Volatile markets, rising prices, global unrest and debt crises made for some frantic financial headlines.

clock December 12, 2011Arthur Friedman

Blake Lively and Florence Welch at a party following the Costume Institute gala.


2011’s Most Memorable Bashes

From the icy climes of the February fashion weeks to an acid trip take on Santa’s Workshop, the Eye presents a look at this year’s party scene.

clock December 12, 2011WWD Staff

Designer John Galliano arriving to a court date in Paris

Designer and Luxury

2011 Newsmaker: John Galliano

The designer made the front page of newspapers worldwide this year for drunken outbursts that brought shame to the industry and cost him his job.

clock December 12, 2011Miles Socha

A look at Japan after the tsunami.

Business Features

Number 7: Tragedy and Recovery in Japan

Less than a year after the earthquake and tsunami devastated the nation, business has rebounded to pre-quake levels for most of the country.

clock December 12, 2011Kelly Wetherille

Ron Johnson


Number 10: J.C. Penney’s New Chief

Ron Johnson faces an uphill battle at the helm of the struggling retailer.

clock December 12, 2011David Moin

Karl Lagerfeld taking a bow on Chanel’s “Under-the-Sea” theme spring show.

Business Features

Number 8: Karl Lagerfeld’s Banner Year

Fashion’s consummate overachiever outdid himself in 2011, unfurling collaborations and side projects galore.

clock December 12, 2011Miles Socha

The prototype of a Android mobile phone.


Number 5: M Commerce and The Rise of the Machines

The explosion in online shopping — especially mobile commerce, from smartphone to tablet — has rabidly revolutionized the way we shop.

clock December 12, 2011Rachel Strugatz

Anna Wintour with Justin Bieber on Fashion’s Night Out.


2011: Major Media Moments

WWD takes a look at some of the year’s most pressing matters.

clock December 12, 2011John Koblin

Mindy Grossman


HSN’s Multi-Prong Approach

In a world quickly being taken over by e-, m- and F-commerce, the retailer has successfully forged its own digital path.

clock December 12, 2011Lisa Lockwood


2011: In Memoriam

The following are among those from the worlds of fashion, retail, beauty, media and society who died this year.

clock December 12, 2011WWD Staff

Marc Jacobs


The Year in Fashion: They Said It

Quoting the quotable from 2011.

clock December 12, 2011Dianne M. Pogoda

Kate Middleton in an Alexander McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton with sister Pippa Middleton at her royal wedding to Prince William in London


Number 3: The Royal Wedding

The Duchess of Cambridge’s choice of a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown reinforced her position as one of fashion’s newest stars.

clock December 12, 2011Nina Jones

Steve Jobs

Human Resources

Number 6: Retail Revolution

Perhaps more so than any other person, Steve Jobs revolutionized retail, publishing, shopping, communication and turned geek into chic.

clock December 12, 2011Sharon Edelson

Bernd Beetz

Business Features

Voter’s Choice: The Newsiest People of 2011

Here, visitors to and attendees at the WWD CEO Summit weigh in with their rankings.

clock December 12, 2011WWD Staff

An exterior view of the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan, New York,


Number 9: The Return of the Fashion IPO

Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Michael Kors lead fashion back to public focus.

clock December 12, 2011Evan Clark and Luisa Zargani


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