- Marjorie van Elven |
January: fashion as protest
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In January, Hollywood actresses turned up to the 2018 Golden Globes’ red carpet in black to show solidarity with the Time’s Up initiative to combat systemic sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination in the movie industry.
February: Carolina Herrera retires
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The septuagenarian fashion designer retired from her namesake label founded in 1980. The company is a subsidiary of Puig Beauty and Fashion Group S.L.
May: Meghan Markle gets married in Givenchy
Givenchy received a boost from Meghan Markle, aka the Duchess of Sussex, after she chose Creative Director Claire Waight Keller to design her wedding dress. The boost led the fashion house to open its first flagship store in the UK in December.
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June: Virgil Abloh debuts at Louis Vuitton
Catwalk Pictures Louis Vuitton AW19
Rapper Kanye West and his friend and muse Virgil Abloh cried in each other's arms after the US designer made his Paris debut for Louis Vuitton. Abloh worked hand in glove with West for more than 15 years as his creative partner.
June: Dries van Noten sells his label to Puig
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Dries van Noten was one of the few independent designers who managed to keep his businesses afloat for several decades, without the support of a larger company. Until 2018. In June Catalonian conglomerate Puig announced that it had acquired a majority stake in the Dries Van Noten house, founded in 1986.
July: Dior relaunches Saddle Bag
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Dior’s highly sought after saddle bag has made its return to retailers for the first time since it was unveiled almost two decades ago. The item debuted while John Galliano was heading the fashion house as part of the Spring/Summer 2000 collection and served as a tribute to equestrian style. The piece was seen on the runway in February when the French luxury brand’s Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri decided to feature it in her show. The Italian designer later decided to feature the item in her fall 2018 collection - offering the bag in both a mini and large size and a cross-body strap.
September: Michael Kors acquires Versace
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In September, Michael Kors announced the acquisition of Italian fashion house Versace and changed its name to Capri Holdings Limited to better reflect its new status as a luxury conglomerate -- the company also purchased footwear label Jimmy Choo in 2017.
September: Hedi Slimane debuts at Celine
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Superstar designer Hedi Slimane declared that black is back as he returned to the Paris catwalk after a two-year absence to lead Celine.
October: Sir Philip Green accused of sexual harassment
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Topshop founder Sir Philip Green has been named by parliament as the leading businessman accused by a newspaper of sexual and racial harassment against his employees.
December: Balmain launches new logo
courtesy of Balmain
Several companies changed their logos in 2018, including Burberry, Celine and Balmain, the last one to do so in December.