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A Season of Change

October 29, 2015

 

A look from Lanvin's Spring 2016 runway show

A look from Lanvin’s Spring 2016 runway show

The fashion world has been turned upside down in recent weeks, with high profile departures taking place at some of the most revered French houses. When Americans Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang handed over the reigns at Parisian brands Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga respectively, the moves raised several impeccably groomed eyebrows. This week’s news however, has rocked the world of fashion in a more profound way.
Raf Simons, the Creative Director at Christian Dior announced his resignation earlier this week, in a suprise move that stunned the industry. Mr. Simons had spent only 3 1/2 years at the house, yet was a driving force in reviving the venerable brand which he took over after the very controvesal departure of John Galliano.
Yesterday, Alber Elbaz, the longtime creative chief at Lanvin, announced his departure, apparently pushed out after a disagreement with the current owners.
When people of this calibre from labels this important are forced out, it is time to re-evaluate the role creativity plays in fashion.
In fashion, the creative team is often manipulated by the money people, who restrict the ability of the designer to move the product forward. Playing it safe often trumps great ideas, and the bean counter who looks at the past gets a bigger say in the outcome than the visionary who is looking at the future. Nobody is right until the customer votes by buying the product at full price. A quick glimpse at the sales and discount emails flooding my inbox tells me that isn’t happening. The art of fashion has been replaced by the art of the deal. Meetings take place to outline promotional strategies, not creative ones. Have we finally reached a breaking point?

Christian Dior Couture

Christian Dior Couture

As the fashion world undergoes a change at the highest levels, how will this trickle down to the high street brands? Will we finally begin to celebrate innovation over moderation, or is this the end of great fashion as we once knew it? Does the public care? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Photos: Vogue.com

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Working the Carwash

March 12, 2015

Carwash skirts are taking over the runways for fall, with their flirty flaps adding movement and a peek of thigh to otherwise basic skirts.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Christian Dior showed the classic carwash style in graphic black and white, paired with a crisp shirt peeking through the slits.

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger took a preppy approach to the look with a cheerleader skirt and fur sweatshirt in shades of burgundy.

Proenza Schoeler

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler layered grey flannel flaps for an asymmetric version of the trend.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Micheal Kors inserted sheer panels for a more demure variation on the theme.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs also inserted sheer panels in his ladylike ode to Diana Vreeland.

Photos: Style.com

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Tie One On

March 8, 2013

From the modernist to the retro-couture inspired, scarf tied necklines made a statement on the catwalks this season. Wide swaths of fabric draped and wrapped the necklines of coats of jackets, framing the faces of some the world’s most beautiful women.

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci’s couture-inspired suiting with an off the shoulder tie at the neckline.

Dior

Dior

Dior’s swing jacket is pretty in pale pink.

Dior

Dior

Dior cuts a scarlet great coat with a scarf tied closure.

Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan’s slim coat with architectural folds has a tossed scarf in lieu of a collar.

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci’s smart tailoring with leopard trimmed sleeves boasts a self tied neckline.

Celine

Celine

Celine’s Phoebe Philo is fit to be tied with her tongue in cheek take on the cape.

 

Setting the Record Straight

January 29, 2013

The internet is buzzing about whether or not Jennifer Lawrence’s dress actually ripped as she stepped on stage to receive her SAG award last night.

The Christian Dior gown, fresh off the runways of Paris couture week, seemingly came apart exposing a mesh panel. Did it tear, or was it intentional?

We sent our super sleuth out to get the scoop…(that’s ME!!!)

Here is the gown, shown just last week at the Spring 2013 couture show:

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Jennifer Lawrence, posing before the event last night:

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Jennifer Lawrence, climbing on stage to accept her award:

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Another  take on the dress from Dior show, where the mesh panel is intentionally exposed.

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VERDICT: Design detail, not wardrobe malfunction.Case closed.

Happy Endings

March 16, 2011

In a very bold move, French fashion house Christian Dior fired it’s designer John Galliano, just days before the show.
The very talented and flamboyant Mr., Galliano was said to have gotten into a fight in a bar, and made anti-Semitic slurs to other patrons.  He was detained by the Paris police, suspended from his job at Dior, and subsequently fired, when a video proclaiming his love of Hitler was later released.

He was also prohibited from attending the showing of his eponymous John Galliano collection, which Dior’s parent company has controlling interest of.

Amidst threats of boycotts and scandalous press, Dior’ s chairman, Sidney Toledano handled the situation with grace and dignity. He addressed the crowd at the beginning of the show stating that “The heart of the house of Dior beats unseen…it is made up of it’s teams and studios, of seamstresses and craftsman.”

At the end of show, instead of Galliano’s usual dramatic entrance, the entire atelier team came out in their white coats to take the final bow, to thunderous applause.

Kudos to you Mr. Toledano, for making one of the most meaningful gestures in the fashion world today.


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