As the year comes to a close, we pause to reflect on the year past to remember and recall fashion’s fair share of memorable moments in 2013. Relive some of the historical highlights and headlines as we look back on some of the most dynamic and dramatic events of the year before the new one rolls in and new controversy sparks our attention. From step teams storming the spring runways to designer shake-ups and buzz-worthy offences, we recount the key happenings in 2013 and everything in between. One thing’s for sure, the industry proved to be anything but boring.
Marc Jacobs Leaves Louis Vuitton
In a somber swan song finale at Louis Vuitton’s spring presentation, Marc Jacobs bids adieu to the fashion house after 16 years at the helm of the French luxury label. Jacobs steps down from his longtime position to focus on an initial public offering for his own namesake label, while Nicolas Ghesquiere fills the remarkable role of Marc Jacobs.
Fast Fashion Collaborations
The Rise of the 90s
The 90s made a comeback in 2013 with a grunge punk movement that signaled the return of fashion anarchy. In May, the movement was cemented when the hallowed halls of The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a punk-themed exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture, for this year’s Costume Institute gala.
Conde Nast Closes Internship Program
Media conglomerate Conde Nast shutters its internship program after the publisher is sued this past summer by two former interns who claimed they were paid below minimum wage during internships at W and The New Yorker. The internship program will be officially discontinued come 2014, though current interns will remain unaffected and will be able to remain employed until the end of their agreed upon terms.
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Jil Sander Leaves Her Namesake Label…Again
Third time's a charm, as Jil Sander leaves her namesake label for a third time after recently rejoining the house in 2012 and replacing Raf Simons. Though this time Sander states her departure is for personal reasons, this is one exit we didn’t see coming. Her last collection was the spring 2014 showing in Milan.
New York Passes Child Labor Law for Underage Models
New York makes modeling industry history by passing a child labor law that recognizes models under the age of 18 as child performers, affording them the same protections under the Department of Labor.
Oscar de la Renta Brings John Galliano Back
Extending a three-week residency, Oscar de la Renta opens up his studio to bring disgraced designer John Galliano back to the fashion scene for fall, as the collaboration coincides with de la Renta’s Fall 2013 collection. While classic Galliano influences are present on the runway, the former Dior designer remains behind the scenes and does not make an appearance at the New York presentation.
Cannes Film Festival Chopard Jewelry Robbery
Talk about ironic, it sounds like something out of a movie. Thieves steal $1 million in Chopard jewels from a hotel room during the Cannes Film Festival just hours after Sophia Coppola’s premiere of The Bling Ring.
The Battle Continues: John Galliano vs. Dior
In other breaking Galliano news this year, the court battle kickoff of John Galliano vs. Dior leaves Galliano with the lead as he wins the first round of what looks to be a protracted labor litigation with former fashion house employer Christian Dior and his namesake label John Galliano.
Fashion's Night Out No More
After four years of flash sales, celebrity appearances and celebratory cocktails, the Vogue-sponsored event, Fashion's Night Out, decidedly goes on hiatus in New York this year while it continues to be staged in select international cities for the year.
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Lululemon Pant Recall
In April, Lululemon Athletica Inc. recalled its black Luon yoga pants deemed too sheer to wear. Turns out the ongoing fabric problems along with pilling is the consumer's fault as founder and chairman Chip Wilson charmingly states in a TV interview that “some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” for the pants because of thigh-rubbing. The company announced his resignation from the post this December.
Margaret Chin Pushes For Counterfeit Law
New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin pushes to criminalize the purchases of counterfeit goods through her proposed bill that makes buying fakes a Class A misdemeanor to subject buyers to hefty fines and up to a year in prison.
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Alexander Wang’s Debut Collection for Balenciaga
Drumroll please. With all the designer relocations of the past year, it’s hard to keep up, but one collection kept us waiting with bated breath and proved worthwhile with its peplums and marble prints that didn’t disappoint. Alexander Wang’s first collection for Balenciaga paid homage to the house, uncovering its codes and translating it into a full fledged functioning wardrobe.
The Rick Owens Step Team
Back in March, Rick Owens surprised Paris Fashion Week showgoers with a troop of professional step dancers down the runway instead of the usual starved models. Two separate groups stomped out, the first dressed in black and the second in tan with matching do-rags and high tops to boot. The refreshing move left attendees in a state of shock, while viewers around the globe couldn’t help but re-watch again and again.
Edie Campbell Snags Model of the Year
British model Edie Campbell snags the model of year award to beat out industry It-girl Cara Delevigne for the coveted title, which was deemed a major snub to the Fashion Week fixture.
Priyanka Chopra For Guess Campaign
Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra scores a major modeling accolade as the first Indian woman to be featured in American brand Guess’ campaign.
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American Apparel Releases Period Power
This year, American Apparel released the controversial tee entitled Period Power, known for its graphic nature. Designed by members of the Toronto art collective, The Ardorous, the self-pleasing shirt pushes boundaries with its risqué and pot-stirring illustration of menstruating female genitalia.
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The Joe Fresh Bangladesh Building Collapse
In April of 2013, an eight-story commercial building in Bangladesh, which manufactured apparel for brands like Joe Fresh (among others), collapsed and caused plenty of backlash for the proudly Canadian label. The disaster was considered one of the worst garment industry accidents to date.
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Tiffany Executive Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun Arrested
Former Tiffany & Co. executive Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun was sentenced to one year and a day in prison after stealing $1.3 million worth of jewelry from the label’s famous Fifth Avenue location. It’s a crime a judge called an inexplicable act of self-destruction by someone who didn’t need the money.
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Bad Taste Blackface
2013 turned out to be the year politically incorrect and offensive blackface reared its ugly head on a slew of fashion insiders and celebrities like Julianne Hough, who donned the racially insensitive look for Halloween.
Nina Davuluri Wins Miss America 2013
Breaking through stereotypical beauty pageant ideals, Nina Davuluri wins the 2013 Miss American competition as the first winner of Indian descent. Unfortunately, the Internet responds with hateful scorn and racist comments toward Davuluri and her reign, who apparently didn’t fit the model of what Miss America should be. Aka, white.
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Topless Protestors Crash Nina Ricci’s Spring Presentation
Kate Moss Poses for Playboy
After months of speculation, the swirling rumors are finally confirmed that Kate Moss will grace the 60th anniversary edition of Playboy for its January/February 2014 double issue on stands December 6.
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Fashion’s Lack of Runway Diversity
Catwalk heavyweights Iman and Naomi Campbell join forces with modeling agent Bethann Hardison for the Balance Diversity campaign to promote and bring awareness to diversity on the runway and calling out designers whose collections were mostly compromised of white models. Shockingly enough, there are fewer black models on the runway today than when Iman stopped modeling in 1989. In other diversity news, Dior cast black models for its Haute Couture collection for the first time since Raf Simons became its Creative Director, meaning over the course of seven different collections as well as campaigns and lookbooks, not one black model was cast.
Kanye West’s $120 White T-Shirt
This summer, Kanye West teamed up with high-end brand A.P.C to launch a capsule collection including a $120 head-shaking plain white “hip-hop” T-shirt that sold out instantaneously online and swamped A.P.C servers. Don’t tell God himself, but Fruit of the Loom was selling knock-offs in packs of four for $10, as one Redditor so eloquently put it.