Creative directors change, brand deals come to an end, designers retire, fashion lives on. The industry has weathered a lot of turmoil this year. Some were expected, some were totally unexpected.
As we enter the final stretch of the year, we’ve rounded up all the good and bad news that will compel you to stop scrolling and say, “Wait, what?!”
From Alessandro Michele’s final hurray to the doom of the infamous rapper, all the news that rocked fashion in 2022.
André Leon Talley dies at 73
Former Vogue creative director André Leon Talley has cemented his status as a fashion icon, beloved for his unique personality and encyclopedic knowledge of tailoring. His death in January sparked outpourings of tribute from the likes of Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, and Naomi Campbell.
Fashion mourns Thierry Mugler
Days after Tully’s death, the industry lost another icon. Thierry Mugler is the founder of French fashion house Mugler and his longtime creative director. An ’80s fashion arbiter, Mugler was known for his theatrical designs and extravagant runway his shows that today’s kids call “camp.”
Maximilian Davis reinvents Ferragamo
In early March, 27-year-old Maximilian Davis announced that he would be closing his namesake label, popular with celebrities such as Rihanna and Dua Lipa, and taking over as creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo. what was his first move? Rebranding the house as Ferragamo showcases Davis’ sophisticated new vision for the storied luxury giant.
Ib Kamara to replace Virgil Abloh at Off-White
Six months after Virgil Abloh’s death, Off-White™ has appointed Eve Kamara as its stylist and stylist. absentmindedly Editor-in-chief — as art and image director. “Virgil will be with us forever,” Kamala wrote in an Instagram post announcing the news. left.”
Issey Miyake’s legacy lives on
On August 5th, legendary Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake passed away at the age of 84, forcing the industry to reconcile with his immense legacy. A sample of his greatest achievements: his revolutionary “Pleats Please” collection. L’Eau de Issey, a fragrance that represents the 90’s. And, of course, the understated black turtleneck he designed for Steve Jobs.
Harris Reed Heads To Nina Ricci
In September, Nina Ricci named 26-year-old designer Harris Reed as creative director.
“Being 6’4″ (without heels), redhead, long hair and a fluid designer (whom everyone thinks is a great woman) apologizes to brands I could only dream of in Paris. Entering without it fills me with excitement and love,” Reed wrote on Instagram.
Burberry hires Daniel Lee
Daniel Lee’s unexpected departure from Bottega Veneta has shocked the fashion world in 2021. In October, #NewBottega fans were delighted to learn of Lee’s next move: his officer at Burberry’s Creative Creative. His first collection at his British Maison debuts at his fashion week in London in February.
adidas, GAP, Balenciaga drop Ye
you know the story It doesn’t rehash all the details. In late October, a number of companies, notably Adidas, GAP and Balenciaga, cut ties with Kanye West over anti-Semitic remarks.
Estée Lauder buys Tom Ford
The Tom Ford battle ended on November 15 when Estée Lauder announced it would buy the luxury brand for a whopping $2.8 billion. How will a beauty conglomerate manage Ford’s fashion business?
Raf Simons shuts down brand of the same name
On November 21st, Raf Simons announced the closure of his namesake brand. The news hit especially hard given Simmons’ myriad of recent projects, including seasonal campaigns and collaborations.
The designer will continue to work with Miuccia Prada as co-creative director of Prada, a responsibility he has held since 2020. Don’t be surprised if this is included in Miuccia’s retirement plans. ?
Alessandro Michele leaves Gucci
It’s the end of the Gucci era. On November 23, the Italian brand announced that Alessandro Michele was stepping down as his creative director, fueling rumors that Ford might be returning to the Maison.
Michele wrote on Instagram, “Today marks the end of a special journey for me that has lasted over 20 years with a company that I have tirelessly devoted all of my love and creative passion to.
Ludovic de Saint-Sernin joins Anne Demeulemeester
Belgian designer Ludovic de Saint-Sernin, known for his slinky, gender-fluid products, is at the helm as Anne Demeulemeester’s new creative director since the departure of Sébastien Meunier in 2020. I am doing it.
“Sensuality, tension, silhouette, fluidity, wildness and graphicness define the linguistic pillars that Ludovic de Saint Sernin seeks to build. is infusing his approach with as a tool to shape and release: who you are and how you look,” the brand’s statement reads.