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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.
The fashion biz has had quite a year. 2013 was jam-packed with major designer shakeups, 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 annum. So sit back, relax, and relive 2013′s unforgettable moments. Read numbers fifteen through eleven, below.
Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso has been a newsmaker this year, to say the least. Shoppers and insiders alike watched in awe as her business took off, and now her multimillion-dollar e-tail platform is set to open a range of brick-and-mortar locations. Style.com’s Nicole Phelps sat down with the 29-year-old eBayer-turned-CEO in August to talk about her passion for vintage, the New York fashion scene, and the future of Nasty Gal.
14. Delphine Arnault and LVMH Announce the New LVMH Prize for Young Designers
In November, Style.com broke the news that mega-luxury group LVMH is launching a 300,000 euro international fashion prize for young designers. Style.com’s Matthew Schneier spoke with Delphine Arnault about the new initiative.
13. Nick Waplington Talks Alexander McQueen and Working Process
Before his tragic suicide in 2010, Alexander McQueen asked photographer Nick Waplington to document the creation of his fifteenth anniversary collection, the Horn of Plenty. Waplington was one of the only people outside of McQueen’s studio allowed to observe the designer’s creative process, and his new book, Alexander McQueen: Working Process, provides an unprecedented look at the creative genius in action. Style.com’s Katharine K. Zarrella spoke with the photographer about the tome, what it was like to work with McQueen, and why the designer was so keen on preserving his legacy.
12. Alaïa Walks the Dotted Line
Whenever Azzedine Alaïa holds a fashion show, it’s a special treat. In March—well after the ready-to-wear collections had wrapped—the legendary designer quietly presented his polka-dotted Fall ’13 offering at his Paris studio. Style.com had a front-row seat.
11. A Man’s World: Nick Wooster Talks Pitti
At Pitti Uomo this past June, tattooed dandy and menswear insider Nick Wooster spoke to Style.com about the evolution of the Florentine fair, his favorite new talents, and why he’s a “Disneyland attraction.”
LVMH’s acquisition of Loro Piana—the Italian house known for its super-luxe cashmere and wool wares—earned its final approvals today. And to seal the deal, LVMH appointed Antoine Arnault (son of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault) as the brand’s chairman, reports WWD. This is just one example of the Arnault children’s increasing responsibility in their father’s company: Antoine is also the CEO of menswear house Berluti, and his sister, Delphine, stepped into the role of executive vice president of Louis Vuitton this summer. Delphine also helped spearhead LVMH’s new young designer prize, which, announced last month, will award the winning talent with 300,000 euros.
Imagine that you’re a young designer and you not only have the opportunity to win a 300,000 euro investment in your business but also to have your work judged by a panel that includes Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Humberto Leon, and Carol Lim. That extraordinary prospect is about to come true, thanks to LVMH.
The luxury group today announced the creation of a new annual LVMH Prize. Open to any designer under 40 who has produced two commercially available collections of women’s and/or men’s ready-to-wear, the prize comes with a 300,000 euro grant and a year of mentorship. (Three 10,000 euro prizes will be awarded to current or recent fashion-school students, along with a year’s employment at an LVMH brand.) Unlike many of the existing fashion prizes—from the ANDAM in France to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in the U.S.—the LVMH Prize is open to designers the world over, without restrictions for nationality or residence. “One of our priorities has always been creativity,” says Delphine Arnault (left), the executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, and one of the executives spearheading the new prize initiative. “We think, Who better than our designers to elect the designer of tomorrow?”
Applicants submit their work online, via the new LVMHprize.com, which will be accepting applications today through February 2, 2014. (Spectators can also comment on submissions and share favorites via social media.) From the applicant pool, an LVMH team will select thirty designers to send to Paris during fashion week in March to show their collections in a group showroom. From there, a quorum of industry experts, ranging from stylists to editors to retailers, will vote for the top ten, who will then go before the judging panel. (In addition to the designers above, creative directors of the LVMH labels Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Céline, Givenchy, and Kenzo, respectively, the panel will include Arnault; Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and CEO of LVMH’s Fashion Group; and Bernard Claverie, LVMH’s head of corporate philanthropy.) Speaking by phone from Paris, Arnault answered a few questions about the new prize.
How did you select the preconditions for application—that designers must be under 40 years old and have produced two collections?
Under 40, because it’s a good age! I know that in the States, you’re not supposed to talk about age, but in Europe, it’s fine. I’m 38, so I think that 40 is a good age, non?
To have a minimum of two collections, we debated a lot on that. We spoke to Riccardo [Tisci], and he said, I would have never been selected on your list, because I only presented one collection! He only did one collection, and then he went directly to Givenchy. It’s quite hard, but you have to find a rule. At the beginning, we had more collections than two, but we think that two is a good number…. There are a lot of people who have a lot of talent, and then they don’t have enough financial support to develop it longer than two or three collections.
And why did you decide to hold the competition online?
What we hope by having this online application is to find amazing talents that no one knows. We want to find new designers…. Everyone is online, and everyone thinks like that. It’s easy for everyone to apply online. And the online part in fashion is very important, and becoming increasingly important. Continue Reading “Delphine Arnault and LVMH Announce the New LVMH Prize for Young Designers” »
Easy there, rumor mill. After a series of reports—all seeming to stem from an Asian site called Luxury Society, but picked up by outlets ranging from The Cut to StyleCaster that Nicolas Ghesquière had been confirmed as Marc Jacobs’ successor at Louis Vuitton, a source at the French house told Style.com that it’s not so. The representative stated that Vuitton has no comment as to whether it’s considering Ghesquière for the creative director gig, and could not confirm when the identity of the new designer will be released. That being said, whispers about talks between Ghesquière and LVMH have been circulating for some time…and look at how last year’s rumor that Alexander Wang might get appointed to Balenciaga turned out. All we can say for now is: Stay tuned.