2012 went by fast, and fashion was everywhere in the news. There were scandals, collaborations, and trends which some of us will never forget.
The Label of the Year Award goes to H&M. Their new, three collections were what everyone was talking about in spring and fall. If they weren’t signing a contact with the sexiest athlete in the world , they were signing the queen of indie music for an ad campaign. Marni and Maison Martin Margiella were both a perfect blend of their signature and ready-to-wear. Well done, H&M!
The Fashion Timeline of 2012
Dolce & Gabbana’s baroque glam: This collection really set the tone of the year. With the baroque influence and glamorous frocks, it was hard to not love this one. There wasn’t a single spread that didn’t use a stunning piece from the collection. D&G never fails to disappoint. ( February)
No j’adore for Galliano: Earlier this year, John Galliano, former design director of Dior, made severe anti-Semitic remarks at a restaurant in a video that went viral Dior President and CEO Sidney Toledano, however, has been outspoken about his sentiments on the matter, telling press in a statement released that week,” I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior.” He was fired and later replaced by Raf Simmons. There was never word of Dior discontinuing his designs or contributions. (March)
Seeing spots: Louis Vuitton did an unforgettable collaboration with Yayoi Kasuma that gave Louis Vuitton a new name, “Artsy”. You might remember their display cases with the ecstatic flowers and spheres. The collab got major attention because it was something Louis Vuitton lovers have ever seen. Though the accessories were crazy, they were the best collaboration pieces this year. (July)
The All-American outsource scandal: During the summer, American designer Ralph Lauren created the much-anticipated Opening Ceremony uniforms for the Olympics. While the pieces were sleek and tasteful, word got out that they were manufactured in China. This headline influenced the fashion and political community alike. (July)
The way too skinny Minnie: Everyone knows that the fashion world can be prejudice when it comes to size, but when the Barney’s New York image of Minnie Mouse was released, parents were dismayed. Should a children’s character be seen as anorexic? Is this the right message? Those questions rolled around when the images were publicized. (August)
Baguette, forever: Fall brought Fendi’s baguette 15th anniversary. Sarah Jessica Parker, fashion chronicler Dana Thomas, and art aficionado Pearl Lam especially loved the signature bag. The designer Silvia Venturini Fendi kept the keywords functional, technological and minimal in mind when she created the famous handbag. Fendi re-released six of the best-selling baguettes sold. (October)
Roll like a Rolling Stone: L’Wren Scott, designer and long time girlfriend to Mick Jagger plans of designing their 50th anniversary tour costumes. Jagger told WWD,” When you’re onstage [the costumes] have to fit, and they have to be — for me — glamorous,” This is a concert that no one would want to miss. (November)