THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
October 16, 2001 – Karl Lagerfeld’s first line was launched in stores. The 25-piece collection was part of a licensing deal with Spanish bridal manufacturer Rosa Clara and is just one of several lines that “The Kaiser” designs including Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label.
October 6, 2001 – Phoebe Philo presented her first collection for Chloé. The British designer became one of the most beloved ever (devoted followers are known as Phoebe-philes) and the industry was in shock when she retired 5 years later. Philo has since taken the reigns at Céline and showed her debut spring line this week.
September 30, 2000 – Naomi Campbell became Victoria Beckham’s arch-nemesis. The feud reportedly began at a party during Milan Fashion Week when Campbell asked Beckham: “So why exactly do they call you Posh?” Beckham retaliated with: “So why exactly do they call you beautiful?”
September 21, 1994 – The Design Exchange was officially opened by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. The non-profit organization works to promote and showcase the best in Canadian design.
September 14, 2001 – Twiggy revealed that she hated the way she looked during her super-thin modelling years. “I had a flat chest and skinny legs,” she recalled, adding that she never dared change her image for fear of losing work. The sixties icon turns 60 this year and a retrospective photo exhibit of her life is taking place at London’s National Portrait Gallery.
September 12, 2006 – Canadian supermodel and five-time FLARE cover girl Daria Werbowy revealed what goes through her head as she struts down the catwalk at fashion shows. “Sometimes you think about what you’re going to eat for dinner, or, did I do my laundry, or, oh s**t, I didn’t call my mum,” she said. “Other times you’re like, yeah, strutting. Like yeah, all right, look at me, I’m modelling! I’m a model!”…
September 5, 2007 – Alessandra Fachinetti was named successor to Valentino after the Maestro himself announced his retirement. Not even 13 months later, Fachinetti learned through the press that she had been abruptly dismissed and was being replaced by the house’s long time accessories designers.
August 24, 2003 – Label-lovers received the ultimate good news, as Gucci announced it would be launching a range of $400-per-roll wallpaper, covered in its famous logo. This joined a range of non-fashion products including $150 baby bottles and $1,500 handcuffs.
August 23, 2007 – Kate Moss’ contract with Agent Provocateur came to an end. The supermodel was the face of the British lingerie brand for a year and posed for a series of sultry images and videos – the first of which crashed the company’s website when it was aired due to the huge number of users trying to view it.
August 11, 1995 – Gaggles of fashionettes went to see Unzipped . The documentary is a ‘behind-the-seams’ look at Isaac Mizrahi’s fall 1994 collection and shows him camping around with Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista.
August 5, 2001 – Giorgio Armani lost the exclusive right to his name on the Internet. The Italian fashion magnate lost a court battle to claim ownership of armani.com to Canadian web expert Anand Mani who had established his own personal website with the address first. The designer has since regained sole use of the web address.
July 31, 2006 – Designer John Galliano’s diffusion line of sportswear and accessories, called simply Galliano, was launched in stores worldwide.
July 22, 1987 – Christian Lacroix unveiled his debut haute couture collection. Earlier this month, the French designer presented what many believe was his last couture show after his fashion house filed for bankruptcy. Lacroix called the show “not a funeral but a fight-back”.
July 15, 1997 – Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered on his Miami doorstep. His sister and longtime muse, Donatella, took over the design reigns and has kept Versace as a major player in the fashion stakes since his passing.
July 6, 1997 – John Galliano presented his first fall Haute Couture collection for Christian Dior. The luxe label also marked its 50th anniversary that same year.
July 4, 1999 – It was a nice day for a Posh wedding. David and Victoria Beckham were married in a lavish ceremony complete with gilded thrones. The couple has reportedly renewed their vows for their 10th anniversary.
June 28, 1982 – French designer Pierre Balmain passed away. His fashion house has undergone a major resurgence in popularity – referred to as “Balmainia” – since Creative Director Christophe Decarnin took the helm in 2006.
June 21, 2007 – Nicolas Ghesquière had a hair-raising experience. For his Balenciaga Resort collection, the designer showed shoes topped with what looked like fur but was actually flowing fake hair–the same kind used for extensions.
June 10, 1998 – Carla Bruni wore an Yves Saint Laurent-designed dress for the opening ceremony of the World Cup. The former supermodel and current first lady of France just recently attended a memorial to mark the first anniversary of YSL’s passing.
June 7, 1991 – Valentino celebrated his three decades in fashion with two spectacular events in Rome: a lavish 30th anniversary ball and an exhibition that featured over 300 of his dresses.
May 29, 2008 – Sex and the City mania took over as the movie was released in Canada. Fashion’s favourite foursome is reportedly about to begin filming the sequel.
May 24, 2005 – Tom Cruise proclaimed his love for Katie Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show by infamously jumping up on the chat-show queen’s couch.
May 14, 1984 – Sixteen Candles, starring Molly Ringwald, premiered in theatres. The actress became a long time muse to director John Hughes and helped launch several fashion trends.
May 10, 1999 – Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough graduated from Parsons the New School of Design. The design duo launched their label a thesis project and is now one of the biggest names in fashion.
April 30, 2004 – Tom Ford left Gucci. Credited with turning the Milanese house into a $5 billion brand, the designer vacated in dramatic fashion after he and his bosses failed to agree over creative control. Ford is making his directorial debut this year with a new film starring former FLARE cover girl Julianne Moore.
April 23, 1996 – Sotheby’s auctioned Jackie O’s personal possessions. The former First Lady’s cousin and aunt, Little and Big Edie, are portrayed in HBO’s new film, Grey Gardens, starring Drew Barrymore.
April 14th, 2004 – The Birkin bag by Hermes earned a place in criminal history. Facing separate charges, both Martha Stewart and rapper Lil’Kim arrived at the same courthouse carrying the pricey purses. Hermes’ iconic handbag turns 25 this year.
April 5th, 1994 – Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, commits suicide. Cobain was the leader of the grunge era and to this day the circumstances surrounding his death remain questionable.
March 31st, 1995 – Latina superstar, Selena is killed by her fan club president in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 23. In 1997, Jennifer Lopez portrayed the fallen star in what was arguably her breakout film role.
March 24, 2002 – Halle Berry makes history as the first African American to win an Academy Award for best leading actress. The hot mama took home the coveted statuette for her role in Monster’s Ball.
March 21, 1983 – Karl Lagerfeld presented his very first ready to wear collection for Chanel.
March 15, 2007 – Naomi Campbell began her community service at a sanitation plant in New York after being charged for assaulting her maid. In preparation for her mopping the floors, the British supe arrived in sky-high stilettos.
March 2, 1993 – Marc Jacobs left Perry Ellis to start his own fashion label. The designer was unceremoniously dumped after presenting his radical grunge collection.
February 28th, 2007 – Hussein Chalayan dazzled the fashion pack with an LED powered frock that lit up the runway during his Fall/Winter 2007 show. The avant-garde designer’s work is currently on display at London’s Design Museum.
February 19th, 1995 – Canadian bombshell, Pamela Anderson, marries Motley Crüe rocker, Tommy Lee, after a 96-hour courtship. The former Baywatch beauty is a 3-time FLARE cover girl.
February 14, 2007 – YSL Creative Director Stefano Pilati distributed his infamous “Manifesto” – an arty collection of the campaign shots. The 4th edition of the free paper will be distributed this Valentine’s Day.
February 8, 1983 – Wayne Gretzky sets the NHL All-Star record of 4 goals in 1 period. Both Wayne’s wife, Janet, and daughter, Paulina, have graced the cover of FLARE. Janet in June 1988 and Paulina in August 2005.
January 29th, 2006 – Reese Witherspoon wins Best Lead Actress at the SAG Awards for her role in Walk The Line. Reese had just come off of a Golden Globe win and would later go on to win an Oscar for the role of June Carter.
January 20, 2001 – Laura Bush wore Oscar de la Renta to her husband’s inauguration. This week, Barack Obama becomes a presidential style icon clad in Hart Schaffner Marx while his wife Michelle is made First Lady of fashion.
January 18, 1997 – Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, wins the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The two are currently reunited on-screen in Revolutionary Road.