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Fashion Around The Web: DVF On Galliano, Lindsay Lohan On Tape, Hermes CEO Shocker

Carola Remer Self Service Magazine

+ “If you want to seduce a beautiful woman, you don’t start by raping her from behind.” – Hermes CEO now gives out dating tips [The Guardian]

+ Don’t expect Sarah Burton to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress just yet [Vogue UK]

+ Entertainment Tonight are milking that Lindsay Lohan surveillance video for all it’s worth [Entertainment Tonight]

+ Diane Von Furstenberg has no love for John Galliano [Gayle King Show via HuffPo]

+ Carola Remer rocks Nineties supermodel look in Self Service editorial [Models]

Fashion Around The Web: DVF On Galliano, Lindsay Lohan On Tape, Hermes CEO Shocker

Haider Ackermann Fall 2011 Collection Dior Possibility

The rumor mill as to who will replace John Galliano as Dior’s head creative director hasn’t stopped spinning since the designer’s tragic fall from grace a week ago. At times it feels as though people are simply throwing their favorite designers’ names out there. We still have a good couple of weeks of speculating to go, since Dior is in no rush to make a decision. According to Fashionologie, Dior won’t make statements on the matter for quite some time. “They’re receiving offers,” a source close to LVMH says. French employment laws are also in LVMH’s way. Until the completion of Galliano’s firing process which might take a few weeks, the luxury conglomerate cannot officially begin replacing him.

While many are betting on an existing LVMH talent to head Dior, it seems highly unlikely. Marc Jacobs is detrimental to Louis Vuitton and LVMH wouldn’t want to danger one fashion house in favor of another. Both Cathy Horyn and WWD agree that Riccardo Tisci is too edgy and gloomy for the more feminine and coquettish Dior and Phoebe Philo’s minimalism simply wouldn’t work for the fashion house, especially when it comes to couture.

Rodarte, Tom Ford, Pucci’s Peter Dundas were thrown into the betting pot as far as LVMH outsiders are concerned. These are unlikely for quite obvious reasons. Tom Ford has just made a comeback for his signature collection. More over, his new attitude of secrecy and intimacy is at odds with Dior’s loudness. As far as Rodarte and Peter Dundas are concerned, while not too unrealistic, it simply doesn’t feel like an organic fit.

Then there are Alber Elbaz and Haider Ackermann. Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz seems like an excellent fit for Dior. Both are about strong femininity and I can only imagine the beauty of Elbaz’ couture collections. But the designer not only seems quite content with his place at Lanvin, but also, according to WWD, he’s under contract and is invested in his current fashion house home. Indeed, out of the two, Haider Ackermann seems like the logical choice. Interview’s Fabien Baron, LA Times and WWD all agree that Ackermann’s and Dior’s aesthetic would be a perfect fit. Not to mention the buzz around Ackermann right now. His Fall 2011 was a raving success and he is Paris’ current talk of the town.

“There are places I would like to go and that I might go, but it’s just a question of, you know, it’s just a love affair,” said Ackermann when asked by Hilary Alexader about possibly heading Dior. “You just have to meet the right person and look together in the same direction.”

Haider Ackermann Replacing Galliano At Dior Possibility Gains A Strong Momentum

John Galliano Fired From Dior

Apparently Dior’s zero-tolerance policy tromps Paris Fashion Week, because they just announced that they began layoff proceedings against John Galliano. As the situation quickly spiraled out of control, the designer’s suspension has now turned into being relieved of all Dior duties.

Last Friday, John Galliano’s drunken bar brawl turned into anti-Semitism allegations and a police investigation. Dior, in turn, waisted no time and immediately suspended the designer. While we still thought Galliano might recover, Natalie Portman refused to wear Dior to the 2011 Oscars – despite being Dior’s spokeswoman. Then came to light a video of another incident in which a heavily drunk Galliano has a less than pleasant insults exchange that included, yet again, a tone of distain of all things Jewish. Putting the final nail in the designer’s coffin, Natalie Portman came out in a statement condemning the designer and in not many words announcing that it’s either her or him. Dior, it seems, chose her.

“I condemn with the greatest firmness the comments made by John Galliano,” Sidney Toledano, Dior’s chief executive said “[The comments are] in total contradiction with the essential values which have always been defended by Christian Dior.”

[WSJ]

Breaking: John Galliano Fired From Dior On Paris Fashion Week Eve

Versus Fall 2011 Collection Shoes Preview

Vogue got a preview at Versus Fall 2011 collection accessories and it’s glittery and wonderful [Vogue]

John Galliano doesn’t bow down quietly (and rightfully so) and tells his side of the story [TelegraphUK]

Oldie but goodie – Martha Stewart teaches Proenza Schouler how to tie-die [HuffingtonPost]

Daily Mail turns up the hate on Andrej Pejic. I say he’s gorgeous and has more sensuality than some other women I know [DailyMail]

T Magazine photographs skirt looks from the latest Spring 2011 collections [TMagazine]

Fashion Around The Web: Versus Fall 2011, John Galliano, Andrej Pejic, Proenza Schouler

John Galliano Arrested And Suspended From Dior

John Galliano really knows how to break a girl’s heart. Dior Couturier was arrested yesterday after a drunken brawl at a Paris café. According to witness statements, Galliano was drunk, allegedly throwing curse words and anti-Semitic remarks, eventually attacking a couple – fellow patrons at the Marais district café.

Police are investigating the matter and no charges have been made so far, but that was enough for Dior to ask Galliano to stay away from all work duties until the situation is resolved. This puts strongly into doubt the forthcoming Dior Fall 2011 show on March 4th.

It should be noted that while his drunken and belligerent state was confirmed by the police, the allegations regarding anti-Semitic remarks were not and remain solely witness statements. Police have already released Galliano without filing any charges and are now investigating those alleged remarks.

[Telegraph UK]

John Galliano Suspended From Role As Couturier By Dior Over Alleged Anti-Semitic Remarks

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

John Galliano has sent a much more tamed Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection down the runway than say, even in the previous season. Although still colourful, fiery bright color pallet was set aside, giving room to pastels and rich chocolates with an obligatory splash of fuschia here and there. Even the silhouettes, while still dramatic, were more, dare I say, minimal. Cinched at the waist for a classic hour-glass shape. But these aren’t demure 40’s housewives we’re talking about. With fiery bright lips and dramatic black eyeliner, the looks were more reminiscent of 40’s movie heroines projecting an almost aggressive allure rather than debutantes.

Tight pencil skirts, oversize New Look full skirts and long trails. All cinched tightly at the waist, balanced by an equally prominent bustier. Big bows and ostrich feathers added a boudoir feel to the spirit of the collection. Maybe tame, but the Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection was anything by ordinary. My standing ovation goes to the strapless oversize trapeze gown.

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture

[Images via Vogue UK]

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture Channels 40’s Femme Fatale

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture

The young couturier, Alexis Mabille, opened Couture Fashion Week in Paris today with his Spring 2011 haute couture collection.

Mabille, staying true to himself – not believing couture and ready-to-wear shows should be separated – sent models down the runway in a rather eclectic mix of pieces. Here we have coquettish cigarette pants, in white or floral print, matched with a white or black cinched-waist jacket, just-above-the-knee full-skirt strapless dresses and old world glamour gowns channeling a Grecian goddess. Especially brave were the multifunctional last few looks. Starting out as an new-look type gown, the oversize full skirt – easily untied by the model – was turned into a cape, revealing a cute 60’s over-the-knee dress.

Today, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Alexandre Vauthier and Giorgio Armani for Armani Privé, will also send their Spring 2011 Haute Couture collections down the runway. Tomorrow the highlights will be Chanel and Givenchy. And on Wednesday it will be Elie Saab and Maxime Simoens, with Valentino closing Haute Couture Fashion Week.

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture

[Images via Vogue UK]

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture Opens Couture Fashion Week

Waste H&M Collection Made From Lavin For H&M Leftovers

Waste. A limited edition H&M collection made out of Lanvin For H&M leftover fabric. This has to have highest profit margin ever! [Nitrolicious]

Rest assured, the couture industry is growing and in no way close to extinction [Fashionologie]

The new The Coveted may be an unfortunately named website, but it’s still the best place to drool over fashion insider’s closets [The Coveted]

Backstage photos of John Galliano Men’s Fall 2011. Those boys are hot! [T Magazine]

Adventures in trademarking: The Coveted vs. The Coveted [Fashionably Marketing]

Fashion Around The Web: H&M Waste, The Coveted, Haute Couture, John Galliano

The Fashion Designers' Sketchbooks Cover

Hywel Davies’s new book – The Fashion Designer’s Sketchbook – let’s you in on some of the biggest fashion designer’s design process. John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Dries Van Noten, Matthew Williamson, Yohji Yamamoto and many others answers questions like how they design, when they are most creative, what materials they used and what environment they work in and provided Davies with idea sketches from their most recent collections.

Dries Van Noten, it appears, is inspired by fabric while Yohji Yamamoto begins from a silhouette. But most of them agree – best time to be creative is the night.

The Fashion Designers’ Sketchbooks, $26 at Amazon.com.

Iley Kishimoto And Matthew Williamson Sketch
Iley Kishimoto Sketch (L) and Matthew Williamson Sketch (R)

PPQ And Antonio Marras Of Kenzo Sketch
PPQ Sketch (L) and Kenzo’s Antonio Marras Sketch (R)

High Fashion Books: The Fashion Designers’ Sketchbook