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?
Haute couture week has gone and passed and I’m still fawning over photos of the elaborately detailed gowns and jackets from Givenchy. Riccardo Tisci decided to just present a minute collection instead of a larger elaborate runway show. The detailed ornamentation is absolutely enormous and stunning. My personal favorite gown is the one that Natasha Poly models with Swarovski crystals that formed an apparent skeleton, which is just one of the inspirations for the line. The gown took somewhere around 1600 hours to create and it’s just beautiful to just stare at.
What was really interesting with this particular collection is the materials and way her created the textiles. For instance, he had eerily beautiful dégradé ostrich feathers with dark, chocolate brown. The fur was a bleached baboon fur, which is particularly odd. While Chantilly lace isn’t my favorite textile and can look a bit aged to my eyes, the patterns in it were duplicated on the leathers with a perfectly exquisite appearance.
Tisci created one of my favorite Resort and then Couture collections, so you could say I’m eagerly waiting Spring fashion in September.
Years of salivating over big designers and her heroes, Rachel Zoe is finally turning into designer, according to WWD this morning. She is pairing with a subsidiary of Li & Fung, Ltd. The Rachel Zoe Collection will be a lot different than her QVC brand, but will be higher quality and upscale, catering to boutiques and department stores such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, according to Fashionista. She says of her collection, “You will definitely see me in the clothes. Like, you will absolutely see my trademark pieces. I’ll definitely do faux furs and incredible leather jackets and great trousers. But I’m catering to a broader audience.” Currently she’s in search for a design team and I’m going to hold her to a high standard to create fabulous pieces that are just ba-na-nas.
Also, “The Rachel Zoe Project” will premiere August 3rd! I’m so ready for over-dramatized styling on my TV.