Jan. 2: Stella McCartney is honored by the Queen’s Honours List, being named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to fashion.
Jan. 2: After months of heated battle, Tory Burch and ex-husband Chris Burch settle their contentious lawsuit over the sale of his stake in Tory Burch LLC with the addition of two new minority investors.
Jan. 2: Gap Inc. buys specialty retailer Intermix for $130 million in cash.
Jan. 4: A twin-engine Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander plane carrying Vittorio Missoni and four others is reported missing by Venezuelan authorities, eliciting a massive search effort. The plane was traveling from Los Roques, off the coast of Venezuela, to the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetía.
Jan. 7: Milly designer Michelle Smith pairs with Banana Republic to produce a 60-plus item collection for men and women. This latest project, due in May, follows the retailer’s recent collaborations tying into TV (“Mad Men”) and film (“Anna Karenina”).
Jan. 8: There’s more to Nicholas Kirkwood than a sexy heel. He launches a men’s line of six styles retailing from $520 to $950, including a classic oxford, a desert boot, a smoking slipper and a sporty lace-up that borders on a sneaker.
Jan. 9: H&M steams ahead with brand diversification, announcing a new brand, & Other Stories, launching in the spring with seven physical stores, as well as online. The brand, which joins H&M and COS on the Hennes & Mauritz AB roster, will offer women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, accessories and beauty products.
Jan. 14: Dsquared2 goes mini, signing a five-year licensing deal for Brave Kid-produced children’s wear.
Jan. 14: Alber Elbaz teams with Lancôme for his first makeup project, a limited-edition color cosmetics line due in mid-June.
Jan. 15: PPR acquires another piece of London’s growing fashion scene, striking a deal to acquire a 51 percent stake in Christopher Kane. According to the French group, plans for the designer include opening Kane’s first freestanding boutique and adding a second ready-to-wear range.
Jan. 17: Dutch designer Iris van Herpen details plans to expand into ready-to-wear, which will complement her couture designs favored by musicians like Lady Gaga, Björk and Grimes.
Jan. 18: John Galliano makes his return to the fashion scene, as Oscar de la Renta opens his studio to the disgraced designer for a three-week “residency.” The collaboration coincides with preparation for de la Renta’s fall collection. While influences of the former Dior designer are apparent, Galliano himself would not make any show appearance, much to the dismay of curious attendees
Jan. 17: Rihanna joins the list of pop stars-turned-designers with plans to collaborate on a collection with British high-street brand River Island, during London Fashion Week.
Jan. 22: The First Lady caps off inaugural weekend in a custom Jason Wu gown, just as she had in 2009.
Jan. 22: Chanel’s couture show, inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” ends on a provocative note: Karl Lagerfeld sends a pair of female brides — led by Lagerfeld’s godson Hudson Kroenig — down the runway.
Jan. 23: Oscar de la Renta opens his first London store. At 3,000 square feet, it’s the brand’s largest.
Jan. 23: After years of showing on the sidelines of Paris’ official couture calendar, Zuhair Murad is designated a guest member of Paris Couture Week. The Lebanese designer, whose designs have been worn by Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Stewart, marks his couture-certified debut with a parade of red carpet-ready gowns.
Jan. 28: Sam Edelman taps model-of-the-moment Kate Upton for its new digital and print ad campaign.
Jan. 30: Michael Kors teams with U.N. Hunger Program, which aims to help solve the international hunger crisis with food assistance for those in need, especially mothers and children. Kors will roll out a “Watch Hunger Stop” campaign, which will coincide with the release of two unisex watches, retailing for $295 and $325. Each watch sold will feed 100 children.
Jan. 31: Bargain-shopper alert: Barneys New York launches barneyswarehouse.com, allowing consumers to save up to 75 percent off retail without ever leaving the house.
Feb. 1: Despite previously bashing the notion of celebrity fragrances, Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine reveals his self-named scent. “I didn’t want it to be another bulls--t celebrity fragrance that I was hocking, that I didn’t believe in,” justifies the “The Voice” judge.
Feb. 1: Riccardo Tisci inks a deal with Givenchy to extend his contract as its creative director.
Feb. 4: Oscar de la Renta launches a line specifically for The Outnet, one of three sites under the Net-a-porter umbrella.
Feb. 4: Fall 2013 is officially deemed the season of green by Pantone, with three shades of the color ranking in the top 10. Leading the pack for women’s fashion, a deep lichen green, with nearly 16 percent of designers using the color.
Feb. 5: Adam Lippes returns to fashion after buying back his name from Kellwood Co. with a collection at entry-level designer prices.
Feb. 5: In the court battle kickoff of John Galliano vs. Dior, the point goes to Galliano, who wins the first round of what promises to be protracted labor litigation with former employer Christian Dior Couture, as well his namesake house, John Galliano.
Feb. 6: Zac Posen launches Zac Zac Posen, a contemporary line.
Feb. 6: Marc Jacobs nabs a new gig: creative director of Diet Coke. The designer’s turn at the brand’s creative helm in Europe will have him stripping in a photo booth and posing in playful, pin-up-style ads.
Feb. 7: Because even the most fabulous lives need clothes by day, Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig launch Marchesa Voyage, a contemporary collection done in partnership with LF USA.
Feb. 8: Despite its Disney-fied name, New York designers frantically prep for Winter Storm Nemo, due to hit during fashion week. Marc Jacobs moves his time slot from Monday evening to Thursday, though president Robert Duffy reports that Customs and deliveries delays forced the change, not the impending blizzard.
Feb. 11: Thom Browne stages a dramatic production for his fall collection, with rose-clutching models caressing bed-ridden and bound males — clad in Browne’s suits, of course.
Feb. 15: Coach says longtime chief Lew Frankfort will hand the company reins to Victor Luis, president of the brand’s international group, in January 2014.
Feb. 18: Tom Ford returns to the formal fashion schedule in London with an over-the-top collection. The inspiration is explained by the designer as “Cross Cultural Multi Ethnic.”
Feb. 20: Rihanna and MAC Cosmetics are headed for two firsts: the entertainer entering the color cosmetics realm, and the brand doing a multiseason collaboration with one celebrity.
Feb. 20: Tod’s names Alessandra Facchinetti as creative director. She is to oversee women’s accessories as well as expand its ready-to-wear division.
Feb. 21: Michelle Obama chooses a Reed Krakoff sheath for her latest official portrait.
Feb. 22: Dior taps Jennifer Lawrence for the Miss Dior bag campaign, wearing the brand’s spring ready-to-wear and shot by Willy Vanderperre.
Feb. 26: Anne Hathaway looks lovely in Prada at the Academy Awards, but the Best Supporting Actress winner ruffles some feathers at the house of Valentino with her last-minute gown selection. While Hathaway tells reporters on the red carpet, “I didn’t know what I was wearing until two hours ago,” Valentino apparently thought otherwise, and sent out a press release just before the actress appeared — in Prada.
Feb. 27: After four years of free drinks, flash sales and celebrity sightings, Fashion’s Night Out will take the night off in September across the U.S. The annual event will still be staged in select international cities.
March 5: Barneys New York unveils plans to revamp two of its largest Co-op units as a prelude to the transformation of its entire Co-op fleet.
March 11: Lillian Cahn, who founded the Coach Leatherware Co. with her husband, dies at the age of 89.
March 13: Condé Nast Entertainment makes its debut with the launch of GQ and Glamour channels on YouTube.
March 15: Opening Ceremony partners with “Spring Breakers,” Harmony Korine’s art-house film take on “Girls Gone Wild,” for a co-branded line of spring break essentials. Offerings include mesh jerseys adorned with pot leaf graphics and sweatpants toting the less-than-subtle acronym “DTF” across the derriere.
March 20: Saks Fifth Avenue plans to revamp men’s private label with a new line, three subbrands and devoted shops in key markets.
March 20: The Museum of the City of New York rolls out a Stephen Burrows retrospective, with the designer (and pal Iman) on hand.
March 21: Catherine Malandrino joins forces with Kohl’s, creating a DesigNation collection for the retailer, due out in the fall.
March 21: Lululemon Athletica Inc. recalls its black Luon yoga pants deemed “too sheer.” The debacle would ultimately cost $67 million in lost sales and chief executive officer Christine Day and chief product officer Sheree Waterson their jobs.
March 21: Beyoncé hits the beach in a bikini for H&M’s summer campaign. The singer also gave creative input to the collection.
March 24: PPR changes its name to Kering. According to chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault, “ker” has its roots in the Brittany region of France, from which his family hails, and connotes a house or home.
March 24: After 28 years as a couple, designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka tie the knot.
March 27: Hearst president and chief operating officer Steve Swartz is named chief executive officer of the media company, succeeding Frank Bennack, who will shift into a new role as executive vice chairman and chairman of the executive committee.
March 29: Diane von Furstenberg takes a bad fall while skiing in Aspen, Colo., breaking her shoulder in three places.
April 1: Mikimoto commemorates 120 years with a high-jewelry collection showcasing modern twists on its signature cultured pearls.