John Galliano renews Maison Margiela contract

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats…

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.

The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats.

Now, Galliano has confirmed he will be extending his contract with the label.

“I am super excited for this new chapter and grateful to Renzo (Rosso) for his belief in me and the vision for Maison Margiela,” he said in a statement.

While Renzo Rosso, president of Maison Margiela’s parent company, OTB group, added that he was impressed with the way Galliano had been steering the brand and believed it is now “the coolest cutting-edge couture house”.

“Five years ago, I believed that John was the only person who could take this house in his hands, and I am even more convinced of this today. John’s undisputed talent is only matched by his understanding of today’s generations, their way of thinking, their struggles, their dreams. And he is doing exactly what this Maison always did at its best – disrupt, innovate and inspire,” the executive praised.

Rosso added that Galliano has doubled the revenues at Maison Margiela since his arrival.

In particular, the 58-year-old has found success with his bag and sneakers, with the accessories business now equating to 60 per cent of total sales. And he is looking forward to seeing how new fragrance Mutiny, developed in conjunction with licensing partner L’Oreal, does in the coming months.

Previously, Galliano worked in senior roles at Givenchy, Christian Dior, and his own namesake label. But in 2011, he was dismissed from Dior after he was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks and sentenced to pay a total of $6,700 (£5,100) in suspended fines. Designer Bill Gaytten replaced him as creative director at the Galliano label.

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Valentino plays with Romanticism at fall 2018 show

Valentino showcased a fall/ winter 2018 collection full of romantic themes.The Italian fashion house went for classic feminine shapes and colours as designer Pierpaolo Piccioli unveiled his latest line during Paris Fashion Week on Sunday (04Mar18). The…

Valentino showcased a fall/ winter 2018 collection full of romantic themes.

The Italian fashion house went for classic feminine shapes and colours as designer Pierpaolo Piccioli unveiled his latest line during Paris Fashion Week on Sunday (04Mar18).

The show started with monochrome pieces, which included a black and white scalloped dress with a cut-out sleeve and a ruffle-necked, floral print tunic, before moving on to pastel-coloured garments. Piccioli experimented with layers by pairing a pale pink, tasselled dress layered over purple trousers, and a green floral woollen coat worn over a mint green tunic and khaki pant combination.

Flowing lines were another key feature of the collection, displayed in pieces like a mustard cape-style top and burgundy culottes complimented by a hot-pink blazer and quirky eyewear.

Edgier elements of the collection included an all-black, leather ensemble with a striking, ruffled hood. Printed headscarves were a key accessory and model Altyn Simpson was dressed in a flower-like hood that surrounded the entire circumference of her head.

John Galliano’s Bill Gaytten also showed off his latest designs later on Sunday.

Masculine pieces such as tailored topcoats and jackets, denim dungarees, and derby shoes met burlesque-inspired garments, with netted headwear and tulle skirts being recurrent themes of the line.

Ladylike pearl jewellery was mixed with chunky wool socks and fingerless gloves, while a blue and pink chequered print was featured in dresses, trousers and a knee-length coat. Many models carried bulky bowler bags on their arms and see-through materials were used to create transparent outerwear and sheer dresses.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Monday with presentations from Giambattista Valli and Alexander McQueen.

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