15 Stories That Changed the Fashion Industry in 2012

From Raf Simons' appointment at Dior, to Nicolas Ghesquiere's departure from Balenciaga, and the arrival of several new 'It' girls (or 'It' felines, anyway), 2012 brought a lot of big changes in the fashion industry. And, of course, we were on hand to report every single one of them.
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From Raf Simons' appointment at Dior, to Nicolas Ghesquiere's departure from Balenciaga, and the arrival of several new 'It' girls (or 'It' felines, anyway), 2012 brought a lot of big changes in the fashion industry. And, of course, we were on hand to report every single one of them.
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From Raf Simons' appointment at Dior, to Nicolas Ghesquiere's departure from Balenciaga, and the arrival of several new 'It' girls (or 'It' felines, anyway), 2012 brought a lot of big changes in the fashion industry. And, of course, we were on hand to report every single one of them.

But, if you're like us, the year is probably a bit of a blur at this point. So, we thought this was the perfect time to recap some of the biggest stories of 2012--the moments that truly shook the fashion industry!

Now the question is: What stories will shake the fashion industry in 2013?

Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

Raf Simons Leaves Jil Sander Back in February, Jil Sander set the tone for what would be a year of designer musical chairs at major fashion houses, when they announced that

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Stefano Pilati Leaves YSL Just five days after the Raf Simons/Jil Sander bombshell rocked the fashion industry, news of another major designer ousting surfaced.

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Hearst Gets Sued by Former Intern Meanwhile, over in magazine land, trouble of a different sort was brewing. Former Harper's Bazaar intern filed suit against Hearst, accusing them of violating state and federal wage and hour laws by not paying her when she was doing the work of a paid employee. Since then the suit has turned into a class action one, involving over 3,000 Hearst employees. While the suit is still ongoing, it's already had greater ramifications for the publishing industry--and not just for Hearst either.

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Model Issues Rise to the Forefront Interns weren't the only ones sticking up for their rights in 2012. In February of this year, the

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Kate Upton Cat-Daddies Her Way Into the Fashion Industry's Heart Kate Upton shot to fame this February when, after just a short while in the modeling biz, she landed

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Choupette Becomes Fashion's Favorite Feline Kate Upton wasn't the only newcomer the fashion industry couldn't seem to get enough of in 2012. Ever since

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Yves Saint Laurent Becomes Saint Laurent In June, another bombshell detonated.

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Alexander Wang goes to Balenciaga Thankfully, the fashion industry didn't have to wait too long to find out! After much rumor-mongering, Alexander Wang was announced as Ghesquiere's successor. While the appointment was met with mixed feelings by many of us, several industry veterans came forward to voice their support for the designer. Now, we'll just have to sit tight and wait and see what Wang does when he shows his first collection for the brand in February.