Year in Review – The Biggest Fashion News of 2012

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Savoir Flair presents the noteworthy hits, misses, and highlights of the fashion industry this year.

January

Phoebe Philo cancels her FW12 runway show, opting for an intimate presentation as the news breaks that she is expecting her third child.
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Mila Kunis is named the new face of Dior, and is set to appear in the house’s SS13 campaigns.
Miroslava Duma and Tommy Ton visit Dubai to respectively model and shoot Symphony’s SS12 campaign.

February

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Angelina Jolie appears at the 84th annual Academy Awards’ red carpet ceremony wearing a Versace dress with a split revealing her right leg. Much fanfare, including a Twitter account with the handle @AngiesRightLeg, ensues in the weeks afterwards.
Madonna performs at the Super Bowl halftime show wearing Givenchy Couture.
Chanel’s Numéros Privés Exhibition opens to the press and VIP clients at The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai.
Mulberry names a bag after Lana Del Rey, which soon after becomes a sell-out success.
Raf Simons’ last show at Jil Sander moves editors and buyers alike to tears.

March

Alber Elbaz celebrates his 10-year anniversary at Lanvin with a party after his FW12 show.
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Dior launches an online magazine, DiorMag.com. The site becomes the home of exclusive Dior content, including never-before-seen video footage and backstage access.

April

Marc Jacobs goes all out for his FW12 Louis Vuitton runway show, employing the use of a real steam train on set.
Savoir Flair releases its first-ever Men’s Issue, with exclusive content catering for the Middle East’s male fashion aficionados.

May

Fashion insiders celebrate the “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibition at The Met Gala in New York.
Angela Missoni visits Dubai to present the brand’s Pre-fall 2012 collection to editors and VIP clients at Boutique 1, Mall of the Emirates.
Brad Pitt is announced as the surprising new face of Chanel’s No. 5 perfume for women.

June

H&M reveals images from its upcoming collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela.
Hedi Slimane changes the Yves Saint Laurent name to, simply, Saint Laurent.
Fendi reissues its enormously popular Baguette bags for its 15th anniversary.
Gucci launches the Gucci Premiere fragrance with Blake Lively as its face.

July

Raf Simons shows his first-ever couture collection for Dior, which is critically acclaimed.
Versace launches the Atelier Versace Jewelry collection featuring rings.
Valentino is sold to an investor group from Qatar.

August

Yayoi Kusama’s long-awaited and much-hyped collection for Louis Vuitton is launched.
Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lily Donaldson, and other top British supermodels appear at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

September

Bobbi Brown announces Katie Holmes as the brand’s first-ever celebrity face.
Alexander Wang shows a glow-in-the-dark finale for his SS13 collection.
Chloé Attitudes exhibition takes place in Paris and garners a huge turnout.
Former YSL creative director Stefano Pilati joins Zegna as the brand’s creative director.
Jil Sander presents her first women’s collection in eight years.

October

The Anna Dello Russo and H&M collaboration launches. Anna Dello Russo famously wants you to take a “fashion shower” in a video for the collection.
The Hakaan show is canceled after couriers mysteriously lose the entire collection.
The world’s largest shoe store, Level Shoe District, opens in The Dubai Mall.
Jennifer Lawrence is announced as the next face of the Miss Dior handbag line.
Kanye West is no longer producing collections and showing at Paris Fashion Week after two seasons of doing so.

November

Maison Martin Margiela’s collection for H&M is launched amidst excitement from fans.
Nicolas Ghesquière leaves Balenciaga after 15 years at the helm as creative director.
Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade New York and stylist Brad Goreski fête the opening of the brand’s boutiques in Dubai with a fun cocktail party at The Pavilion.
The Moda Operandi team, along with up-and-coming designer Ostwald Helgason, throw a series of intimate cocktail parties and trunk shows in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait. On the last day of the 72-hour trip, Artistic Director Taylor Tomasi Hill explores the Bastakiya area with the Savoir Flair team.
The Moda Operandi team, along with up-and-coming designer Ostwald Helgason, throw a series of intimate cocktail parties and trunk shows in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait. On the last day of the 72-hour trip, Artistic Director Taylor Tomasi Hill explores the Bastakiya area with the Savoir Flair team.

December

Tiffany & Co.’s 128-karat Yellow Diamond makes its final stop in Dubai before going back to New York.
Tiffany & Co.’s 128-karat Yellow Diamond makes its final stop in Dubai before going back to New York.
Versus announces that J.W. Anderson will be creating a capsule collection for the brand, following Christopher Kane’s departure.
Balenciaga confirms that Alexander Wang will be taking the helm at the house, succeeding Nicolas Ghesquière as creative director.
Balenciaga confirms that Alexander Wang will be taking the helm at the house, succeeding Nicolas Ghesquière as creative director.
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