Riccardo Tisci

Riccardo Tisci with Mariacarla Boscono


Riccardo Tisci! This comes as a bit of a shock since I believe Tisci has developed and nurtured Givenchy to it’s utmost potential, and leaving that legacy behind would certainly be a sartorial tragedy. I hope his new role as head designer of Dior (stepping into John Galliano‘s controversial shoes) allows him to pull a Karl Lagerfeld and work at at both houses.

FYT: An appropriate theme song for this historical moment: View Post

John Galliano Fall Winter 2011
Welcome to what will doubtlessly become the most commemorated presentation of the the decade. It could also be the last of one of the most talented fashion designers today. Shown in a salon on Avenue Foch, John Galliano presented twenty looks brimming with imaginative intimacy. While there is an enigmatic transparency to the Star of David on one of the model’s arms, and a soundtrack that featured Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” (‘We could have had it all‘) and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” (‘I used to rule the world‘), it is incontestable that every piece was worthy of a retrospective. See the top five looks below. View Post

Christian Dior Fall Winter 2011

“The heart of the house of Dior, which beats remain unseen, is made up of its team and studios, of its seamtresses and craftsmen, who work hard day after day, never counting the hours, and carrying on the values and vision of Monsieur Dior. Ce que vous allez voir maintenant, le résultat de leur immense travail. What you are seeing now, the result of their immense work.”
Sidney Toledano, the CEO of Christian Dior

Sixty-three looks. Vlada Roslyakova. Iris Egbers. Karlie Kloss. Coco Rocha. After recent events, it is clear we are at the end of an entire chapter in the history of contemporary fashion. The magnetic garments presented on the courtyard of the Musée Rodin for Fall/Winter 2011 reminded us that “the show must go on“. See the top five looks below. View Post

Balmain

Let’s get straight past the crazy: the industry is gearing up for a Lifetime movie, right? Was I unaware we were involved in some Shakespearean method acting? This has been one of the most bizarre fashion weeks to date. See below:

  • John Galliano (rightly) accepted personal responsibility for his actions.
    – Fired (replacement: Alessandra Facchinetti FTW).
    – Got kicked out of his attempt to appear at Dior.
  • Christophe Decarnin (the designer) was absent for Balmain’s A/W 2011 runway show.
    – Insiders say that he has actually been in a mental hospital since mid-January.
    – Apparently the in-house design team and stylist Melanie Ward (who replaced Emmanuelle Alt after she stepped down to focus on her new role as editor in chief of Vogue Paris) designed it all.
    Balmain say he’s been snoozing.
  • John Galliano
    When the ‘John Galliano got arrested OMG’ wave hit the internet – even trending on Twitter – I tried to steer clear. I didn’t want to propel a rumour that had no grounds. The earliest ‘reports’ claimed Galliano to have assaulted a couple and yell anti-semitic remarks at them during a dinner at Paris’ La Perle, ending in criminal arrest.

    After the initial (sans evidence) reaction, eyewitness accounts have confirmed that none of the above happened. Instead, they offered memories of an inebriated and joyful Galliano who raised a glass to toast with friends, causing a couple nearby to mistake him for a vagrant and reply “…you’re ugly, you’re disgusting, move away from here”! Galliano reacted with: “You’re ugly and you’re (sic) f*cking bag is ugly too” – hardly an anti-semitic remark. In the bag’s honour, the woman’s boyfriend charged at Galliano. Neither was hurt, as John’s bodyguard and the staff at the restaurant intervened. Following the altercation, police arrived and Galliano went to police headquarters to make an official statement (note: no handcuffs involved).

    Galliano has been suspended from his professional duties at Dior pending an official police investigation, and no-one currently knows if the scheduled March 4th Fall/Winter collection will go on as planned. It’s not an endearing story, but it certainly is a harmless lesson to learn. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!