At the end of 2019, we want to recall the main fashion events that the whole world has been closely following for the past 12 months.
The start of 2019 brought sad news - in February, designer Karl Lagerfeld died. It was he who showed the fashion world how to build a successful business empire without forgetting about creativity. Rumors about the illness of 85-year-old Lagerfeld began coming to light after Mr.Lagerfeld stopped appearing at the podiums to greet the audience at the end of his shows.
His career was one of the longest and most respected in the fashion world. Many celebrities were very sorry for this loss. Maestro’s assistant Sebastian Zhondu created a limited collection of white shirts - Lagerfeld's favorite wardrobe item. Now, Virginia Viar is the artistic director of Chanel fashion house.
In March 2019, designer Tom Ford has officially been elected as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Previously, Diana von Furstenberg occupied this post for 13 years.
Twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen signed a contract with Kohl’s and launched the new affordable clothing brand Elizabeth & James. With this deal, they hope to attract a wider audience by lowering prices.
Rihanna and FENTY
In May, Rihanna launched her personal clothing brand. It joined LVMH and became the first brand in the world to be completely led by a black woman. The girl doesn’t plan to take part in fashion weeks, but is going to organize private shows as new collections become available. By the way, designer Stella McCartney also announced her collaboration with LVMH.
Demna Gvasalia’s Departure
After Vetements was recognized as the most popular street wear-brand, designer Demna Gvasalia announced his departure from the company. He explained his decision by the fact that he was fully realized as part of this work and wants to try something new. Nevertheless, some fans of the brand expressed suspicions that the family conflict inside the company was the reason for designer’s leaving: the co-founder and CEO of Vetements is Demna’s brother - Guram.
Forever 21 Bankruptcy
This year, financial failures befell the Forever 21 brand - the team filed for bankruptcy and closed 178 offline stores. Shortly before that, singer Ariana Grande sued the brand - she accused the leadership of illegally using her image for advertising purposes.
Prank at the Chanel show
At Paris Fashion Week, one of the spectators nearly disrupted the Chanel fashion show. During the finale of creative director Virginie Viard's first ready-to-wear collection, a girl named Marie Benoliel jumped up onto the catwalk and joined the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber on the runway. After sashaying down the runway, the interloper was blocked by Hadid, who took her by the shoulder and firmly, but politely, escorted her off the stage.
Selling Tiffany & Co
In late November, it became known that the French conglomerate LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy), led by businessman Bernard Arnault, acquired Tiffany & Co jewelry house for $16.2 billion. Negotiations on the deal took several months, and the initial amount of the contract was $14.5 billion.