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The Final Countdown: Style File’s Top Stories of 2013

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Riccardo and Erykah

The fashion biz has had quite a year. 2013 was jam-packed with major designer shake-ups, groundbreaking ad campaigns, celebrity collaborations, and pop-star performance wardrobes filled with custom-made designer duds. In the final days leading up to 2014, we’re counting down Style File’s most popular twenty stories of the past year. So sit back, relax, and relive 2013′s unforgettable moments. Read our top five stories, below. To see all of our most popular posts from 2013, click here.

5. Diamond Girl: Behind the Scenes of Rihanna’s World Tour Wardrobe
Rihanna had a banner year when it came to fashion, culminating in becoming the face of Balmain’s Spring ’14 campaign. Back in March, the star kicked off her Diamonds world tour, and thanks to her stylist, Mel Ottenberg, her onstage wardrobe, which was comprised of mega-watt looks by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Dior’s Raf Simons, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, and her River Island co-designer, Adam Selman, had just as much sparkle as the tour’s title would suggest. Style.com’s Katharine K. Zarrella spoke to Ottenberg about all seven of the singer’s custom costumes and what it takes to dress the pop-culture force that is RiRi.

4. Marc Jacobs Bids Adieu to Louis Vuitton
After sixteen years at the helm of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs stepped down from his post as creative director following his Spring ’14 show for the storied house. Following his epic Spring presentation, whose all-black set incorporated pieces from his most memorable shows (remember the escalator? that carousel? the baroque elevator? they were all there), LVMH announced that Nicolas Ghesquière will be filling his shoes come Fall ’14. Jacobs, in turn, will be taking his eponymous company public and further expanding the MJ empire. As the news of his departure broke, Style.com took a look back at Jacobs’ greatest hits for Vuitton.

3. A.P.C.’s Jean Touitou on His New Collaboration With Kanye West
What a year it has been for Kanye West—a new album, a baby, a fiancée, a cornucopia of Margiela masks…but his most notable contribution to the fashion biz in 2013 was no doubt his collaboration with cult favorite French label A.P.C. The range of sweatshirts, tees, and denim sold out in a matter of hours and caused a veritable frenzy of discussion on the Internet. Style.com’s Matthew Schneier broke the news of the team-up in July and interviewed A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou about working with Yeezy and the “Kingdom of Dopeness.”

2. Roller Girl
In May, L.A.-based jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth enlisted actress Alison Brie—of Mad Men and Community fame—to put on some roller skates and show off her bohemian-luxe wares in a short film. Shot in a roller rink in New Jersey, the flick features a cameo from the designer (who admitted that her skating skills are a little shaky) as well as an original song by electro-pop trio Au Revoir Simone. The video debuted exclusively on Style.com.

And the number-one story of 2013 is…

1. Erykah Badu Fronts Givenchy’s New Campaign
Riccardo Tisci surprised and pleased us all when he chose neo-soul singer Erykah Badu to front his Mert & Marcus-lensed Spring ’14 Givenchy campaign, which debuted exclusively on Style.com. Matthew Schneier spoke to Tisci about the new ads, why Badu is “an icon,” and the presence of women of color in fashion.

Photo: via Riccardo Tisci’s Instagram

Irene Neuwirth Is Stoked on Stones

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Irene Neuwirth's Skateboard

L.A.-based jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth is admittedly no Tony Hawk. “I have been known to get on a skateboard once in a while,” the designer told Style.com. “But I can barely go around the block. Getting down the street is my biggest skill,” she laughed. However, what she lacks in technique, she makes up for in aesthetic. This Sunday, the designer will put her latest creation—a skateboard covered in $60,000 worth of chrysoprase, labradorite, and Sleeping Beauty turquoise—up for auction at LAXART’s annual garden party. Neuwirth, who will cohost the public and experimental arts organization’s fete with Rebecca Bloom, is joined by artists and skaters such as Kelly Barrie, Andrea Bowers, and Natas Kaupas in crafting boards for the cause. Bidding for most items will start at $250, while Neuwirth’s deck will start at $2,000. “For me, it’s really incredible to work with a nonprofit that raises awareness for art,” offered Neuwirth. “They’re always doing really neat things all over Los Angeles, and [this project] was just kind of a perfect storm.” As for her board, which debuts exclusively above, Neuwirth admits that she designed the whole thing while recovering from dental surgery last week. “Maybe it was just because I was pent up in my house, but I thought it would be cool to make it really over-the-top.” She thought right—although, with its organic swirls of electric green and midnight stones, we wouldn’t recommend taking this particular piece of equipment out on the half-pipe. “I think this is more of a board that hangs on the wall,” she suggested.

For tickets to LAXART’s garden party, visit the organization’s Web site.

Photo: Courtesy of Irene Neuwirth

Meet the Nominees with Swarovski

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The CFDA Fashion Awards are set for June 3 (tune in the following morning to watch the exclusive broadcast here, on Style.com), and to introduce the designers nominated for the 2013 Swarovski Awards, the crystal house has created a trio of films. In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, we’ll be debuting the shorts. Next up are the nominees for Swarovski’s Award for Accessory Design. Get better acquainted with Irene Neuwirth, Pamela Love,
and Jennifer Meyer, above.

Roller Girl

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Irene Neuwirth has cultivated a certain breed of bohemian luxe with her eponymous fine-jewelry line. But the L.A.-based designer, who’s up for the 2013 Swarovski/CFDA Accessories Award, wanted to bring out her collection’s more playful side. And with This is It—a quirky fashion film by Poppy De Villeneuve and Alex Braverman—she does just that. “I think sometimes my brand can be a bit serious—the jewelry is a serious acquisition, and the price point isn’t approachable for everyone. So I wanted to do something that had a fun, youthful feel, something that would speak to my friends and our clients.”

Set in an old-school roller rink in New Jersey, the film, which debuts exclusively below, definitely evokes some childhood nostalgia. And, as far as “fun” goes, the short’s star —Mad Men and Community actress Alison Brie —looks like she’s having quite a bit of it while gliding around in Neuwirth’s vibrant new wares. “I feel like she’s perfect because she gorgeous and she has an incredible sense of humor, these big bright eyes, and a really fresh smile,” said Neuwirth of her leading lady, who was styled by Jeananne Williams. The pair met through Neuwirth’s boyfriend, Phil Lord —Brie has a role in his upcoming film, The Lego Movie.

The supporting cast is nothing to scoff at, either. Members of the electro-pop trio Au Revoir Simone make an appearance (they’re also responsible for the music). And Brie’s on-screen love interest is none other than the lead singer of We Are Scientists, Keith Murray. “He was like a pro roller skater, by the way,” said Neuwirth. The designer makes a cameo, too, but she insists that her skating skills are a little shaky. “I had every birthday at a roller-skating rink when I was a kid. But until this film, I hadn’t been on roller skates for twenty years,” she said. “I’m the biggest klutz. But I was able to stay up. And it was so much fun.”

Neuwirth’s Night In

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Last night, to celebrate Irene Neuwirth’s 2013 CFDA Fashion Award nomination for the Swarovski Accessories prize—her second consecutive nod in the category —Barneys New York CEO Mark Lee threw her a party. And when Mark Lee throws you a party, you know you’ve made it. “Barneys was my first account, about ten years ago—it’s the perfect home,” Neuwirth told Style.com. Speaking of perfect homes, Lee hosted the soiree in his swank Chelsea penthouse, replete with views due west to the Hudson and a luxe, quirky charm.

Neuwirth’s work, too, exudes opulence—yet with a bohemian spritz that’s often rare in the fine-jewelry business. Hyper-vivid color is her signature, from asymmetric starburst emerald earrings to chunky labradorite-and-rose-gold-disk rings to lapis-studded bangles—all trimmed with diamonds. “I love Mexican fire opals,” laughed the designer when pressed as to her favorite gemstone. “When you think of fine jewelry, you think of pieces that can be passed down forever, which I still want for my collection—but in a more colorful, creative, and artistic way,” she added.

“She’s way high up on the totem,” said Lee. “She’s built something really significant. We love Irene.” Given the fete’s friendly feel, not to mention the turnout (Allison Williams, Stefano Tonchi, Kate Lanphear, and Wes Gordon were all in attendance), we’d say Lee’s sentiment is the general consensus.

Photo: Billy Farrell/ BFAnyc.com