Everyone from WWD to Grazia is reporting that Raf Simons is in talks with Dior. This seems odd. So many people have been reported to have been in talks with the company after Galliano got the boot. We’ve heard everyone from Ackermann, Tisci, to Elbaz, and of course, Marc Jacobs. This new pairing just doesn’t seem to fit. Don’t get me wrong, Raf’s designs are wonderful, but he’s first and foremost a menswear designer, and his work at Jil Sander doesn’t seem to mesh well with the Dior crowd, perhaps. Maybe we’re all used to John Galliano’s drama and excessive exuberance. I know Galliano’s designs have been said to be overdone and getting a little been there, done that, so why is it so hard to find a replacement?
I placed John Galliano’s show in the back of my mind when I waited for my coveted shows: the Pirate hooker Balmain, Lanvin, Miu Miu, etc. His work for Dior isn’t always my favorite, beautiful yes, but not always my favorite. Galliano never shies away from drama; let’s face it. This is the man who presented this beautiful haute couture show in 2004. Galliano is always submersed in this dreamworld of inspiration.
Well, as I can never resist a little drama, Galliano scored a win in my book. He had an odd inspiration from Maria Lani, a woman who claimed to be an actress and jumped into the Paris art scene in the twenties. She convinced some 50 artists such as Matisse and Cocteau to paint her portrait. This vision of his resulted in a colorful and theatrical show.
I ask you this: what’s there not to love when a drunken stagger is encouraged?
Christian Dior Fall 2010 Haute Couture really has me excited. Galliano took the idea of florals and laid them out quite literally. Almost every model that strutted down the runway represented a different flower. My favorite comparisons are from Fashionista.com where they put the dresses side-by-side to the flowers they look like. Every gown, every piece are absolutely stunning.
Models such as Karlie, Stam, and Magda donned plastic wrap headpieces and raffia-tied waists had an array of colors straight from the garden on stunning fabrics from mohair to organza in various tedious techniques. Such whimsy. These are the pieces I’m dying to see worn on a red carpet. It would be an amazing sight for all.
10 Magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary with 10 separate covers of 10 designers they call “Gods and Goddesses.” Well, duh. Each designer was photographed by a photographer of their choice:
Domenico Dolce/Stefano Gabbana: Terry Richardson
Helmut Lang: Passport Photo
Vivienne Westwood: Jeurgen Teller
Ralph Lauren: Bruce Weber
Karl Lagerfeld: Karl Lagerfeld
…and the rest of the designers include Alber Elbaz, Azzedine Alaia, Donatella Versace, John Galliano and Tom Ford.
I love D&G’s photo. They’re so damn adorable together, not to mention Stefano is kind of sexy. Vivienne’s is just awesome with her contrasting skin, what she’s wearing, and the background painting. It’s like the contrast is meant for each other. I also love Tom Ford’s fore I plan marry him one day. What a sexy man he is.“These are some of the faces that have made our industry and it is an honour to be celebrating them. 10 magazine has a history of celebrating the best creative talent in the world and we are honoured that these icons of fashion agreed to be our cover stars,” said Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, the magazine’s founder and editor-in-chief (who is also creative director and fashion director at Harper’s Bazaar UK).
All I have to say is Galliano has such an impeccable eye for detail and is such a creative genius. His pieces are generally art and more towards the couture side, but how could you not appreciate his work for any of the labels he designs for. All of his details are so intricate and you’ll need more than one glance at his pieces, as you’ll always find something new that sparks your brain. Fantastical. His latest tribal-wear is another to the list that won’t be forgotten.