Raf Simons disliked pressure from the press while at Dior

Raf Simons disliked the pressure he received from members of the press while he was creative director at Dior.The Belgian designer started his career in furniture design, before launching his namesake menswear label and later going on to land creative …

Raf Simons disliked the pressure he received from members of the press while he was creative director at Dior.

The Belgian designer started his career in furniture design, before launching his namesake menswear label and later going on to land creative director roles at Jil Sander, Christian Dior, and Calvin Klein.

Reflecting on his time at the French fashion house between 2012 and 2015, Simons admitted that he disliked how much press interaction he was expected to do to promote each collection.

“When I was at Dior, I felt there was an incredible pressure from the outside on me to be with me while I was designing, while I was in the studio,” he said during a Fashion Talks discussion in Antwerp, Belgium, according to WWD. “Press wanted to be there, the press wanted to be at the fittings. Then you do all the previews, speak with all the press days before the show. I didn’t like that at all. It was mainly because one designer was very much at ease with it. I don’t criticise people from doing it but because other people do something, it should not be a system for everybody.”

The 51-year-old, who starred in Dior and I, a 2014 documentary film about his debut season at the house, appeared to be alluding to the late Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, although many creative directors host press previews ahead of runway presentations.

Despite working at the luxury fashion houses, Simons made sure he held onto his eponymous label, because he didn’t want to lose it like John Galliano, who was fired from Dior and his namesake brand after he was caught making anti-Semitic remarks in 2011.

“Towards the end of the 1990s and early 2000s, we got a lot of proposals, but being in different positions as creative directors taught me how dangerous it can be when you marry in business,” he stated. “I mean, prior to me, John (Galliano) was a big example. He lost his own brand because he sold it for the majority and that’s something I will never forget.”

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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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Elle Fanning wore vintage John Galliano to high school prom

Elle Fanning wore a pink vintage John Galliano dress to her high school prom.The Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star has been a formidable force on the red carpet since a young age, and in a new interview for InStyle magazine, noted that she was determin…

Elle Fanning wore a pink vintage John Galliano dress to her high school prom.

The Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star has been a formidable force on the red carpet since a young age, and in a new interview for InStyle magazine, noted that she was determined to make a style statement at the annual formal dances she attended as a teenager.

“The first prom was in ninth grade. I wore a white Ralph Lauren dress that we found at the mall. It was long and flowy with a V-neck tank,” she recalled to the publication. “For the second prom, I went to The Paper Bag Princess (in Los Angeles) and got a vintage bias-cut pink John Galliano dress.”

Despite her high-fashion look, Elle confessed that she’s not worn the gown since.

“I should wear it to a red carpet. You know, I’ve always just been interested in fashion. I love dressing up and playing characters,” the 21-year-old shared.

The star, who is the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, went on to explain that she learned how to express herself through fashion while she was promoting Maleficent back in 2014, when she was just 16.

“That was a very important moment because it involved a huge press tour. That’s when I learned how to express myself through clothes,” she commented.

Elsewhere in the interview, Elle opened up about her surprise appearance on the catwalk at Miu Miu’s 80s-inspired fall 2018 show during Paris Fashion Week last year.

The blonde beauty, who has served as a muse for the Italian fashion house alongside her sibling, hit the runway with bouffant hair and grungy make-up alongside models such as Georgia May Jagger, Adwoa Aboah and Kaia Gerber.

“That was crazy!” Elle exclaimed. “I was so nervous. It wasn’t a planned thing. I was attending anyway, and then Mrs. Prada had that idea. Her team said, ‘You’re starting the show, so you have to be very serious.’ I tried to keep a straight face.”

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Rihanna names John Galliano as her dream wedding dress designer

Rihanna wants John Galliano to design her wedding dress if she ever gets married.The superstar appears on the November 2019 cover of U.S. Vogue, and in the accompanying article, revealed she is in a “committed relationship”. While Rihanna did not shar…

Rihanna wants John Galliano to design her wedding dress if she ever gets married.

The superstar appears on the November 2019 cover of U.S. Vogue, and in the accompanying article, revealed she is in a “committed relationship”.

While Rihanna did not share if she is planning to tie the knot with her boyfriend, believed to be Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel, she did share that she would love for Maison Margiela creative director Galliano to make her a gown if she does decide to wed.

“It would probably be a collaboration between myself and Galliano,” she told U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in a video for her Go Ask Anna series when questioned on the topic.

The singer also divulged that she would like to be a mother one day.

“I don’t think about stuff like that, but God’s plan, but I look forward to all of the pregnancy rumours after this interview,” the 31-year-old smiled.

Rihanna previously wore a papal-inspired Galliano number to the 2018 Met Gala, which celebrated the exhibit, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

And elsewhere in the chat, the Diamonds singer confirmed she would be in attendance at the 2020 Met Gala after skipping this year’s event.

“You promised me you would be back next year, and when we’re off-camera, I’m going to tell you the theme,” Wintour told the star. “You’re gonna love it.”

Rihanna and Hassan, who have been linked romantically since 2017, have been spotted on several dates, including a recent night out in Santa Monica, California.

Her Ocean’s Eight co-star Sarah Paulson also asked Rihanna about her marriage plans during a chat for Interview magazine in June, to which she responded, “Only God knows that, girl. We plan and God laughs, right?”

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Anna Wintour amused by Maison Margiela model’s dramatic runway walk

Anna Wintour was amused by a Maison Margiela model’s dramatic walk at the label’s show on Wednesday.During the French luxury fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 show at Paris Fashion Week, Leon Dame took to the catwalk wearing a black belted leather coa…

Anna Wintour was amused by a Maison Margiela model’s dramatic walk at the label’s show on Wednesday.

During the French luxury fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 show at Paris Fashion Week, Leon Dame took to the catwalk wearing a black belted leather coat, a neck scarf, black knee-high boots, and a structured hat designed by creative director John Galliano.

However, the model was the centre of attention as he stomped down the silver runway while staring at audience members perched on the front row.

Influencer Aimee Song, who was sat opposite the 69-year-old Vogue editor-in-chief, shared two videos on her Instagram Stories which showed Wintour giggling at Dame’s unconventional walk.

“Anna approves,” Song wrote.

Mad Men star January Jones also shared a clip of the unusual catwalk strut and wrote: “How I walk out of a room when someone says I can’t do something.”

Galliano’s show was seemingly inspired by World War I and II, as it featured cadet hats, nurse aprons, army jackets, military green, and cargo material.

The designer released a podcast on Spotify to accompany the show, during which he revealed that the spring/summer 2020 line was about hope, remembrance, and liberation.

Galliano said the pieces were influenced by those who fought for freedom and noted that he wanted to pay tribute to the soldiers and nurses with his collection in protest of the current “breakdown of the moral fibre of society” and the “trivialisation of democracy” as Brexit looms over the U.K. and Europe.

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Diane von Furstenberg responds to criticism of newspaper print design

Diane von Furstenberg has hit back at criticism of a dress design featuring newspaper print.Representatives for the designer’s fashion brand recently posted an image of a model sporting the new Shia wrap dress on Instagram, with the number featuring a …

Diane von Furstenberg has hit back at criticism of a dress design featuring newspaper print.

Representatives for the designer’s fashion brand recently posted an image of a model sporting the new Shia wrap dress on Instagram, with the number featuring a collage of vintage press clippings.  

Later on, the team behind the Diet Prada account pointed out Furstenberg failed to credit other designers, such as Elsa Schiaparelli, for the concept, and accordingly, the 72-year-old had plenty to say on the matter.  

“Marisa Berenson has been my best friend since we were 18. Her grandmother was Elsa Schiaparelli and I was terrified to cross her in the hallway of her house where Marisa lived. Schiap had humour… except of course when her granddaughter did nude photos for Vogue!!!!” she wrote in the comments section of the post, before also referring to artists who used newspaper print in their work: “How about (Salvador) Dali and (Piero) Fornasetti? Newspaper print is like leopard print… timeless and so much fun!”  

The Shia wrap dress, which features pleating along the waist and oversized sleeves, is currently sold out on the company’s website.  

In the original post comparing Furstenberg’s outfit with some of Schiaparelli’s work, the moderators at Diet Prada also noted that John Galliano had used newspaper print during his time at Dior from 1996 until early 2011.  

“Hey @dvf … were you gonna mention the classic Elsa Schiaparelli concept behind your dress or nah? Schiap’s 1935 print was comprised of her own press clippings as well, although they were a little more timely then as opposed to DVF’s which date back to the ’70s,” they wrote. “Judging by the comments, DVF’s followers are more aware of Galliano’s year 2000 take on the print from his Dior collection inspired by the homeless people he saw around Paris, made famous of course by SJP/SATC (Sarah Jessica Parker in character as Carrie Bradshaw on TV show Sex and the City). We still stan a female fashion icon, although it would’ve been cool to see her acknowledge another woman who paved the way.”  

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Anna Wintour praises Cardi B’s 2019 Met Gala gown

Anna Wintour was “completely in awe” over the crimson gown Cardi B wore to the 2019 Met Gala.The Bodak Yellow rapper attended the camp-themed event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City back in early May and wowed …

Anna Wintour was “completely in awe” over the crimson gown Cardi B wore to the 2019 Met Gala.

The Bodak Yellow rapper attended the camp-themed event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City back in early May and wowed the crowd with her dramatic red high-neck dress which was covered in 30,000 feathers and featured a custom-made bodice containing 44 carats worth of rubies.

Accordingly, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour has now shared the latest Met Gala was the moment she was convinced Cardi has what it takes to be a fashion icon.

“I was completely in awe of the stunning dress that Cardi B wore to the Met this year. She looked unbelievable,” she said in an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series. “It was designed by Thom Browne, she could barely move but it made no difference. I mean, people parted like the queen was coming through because she looked so fantastic. And I had not seen her look as chic or as original beforehand, so I have completely rethought my opinion of Cardi B’s style.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Wintour noted that sleeveless dresses are her summer must-have and jokingly commented that she wishes more fashion shows “started on time”.

And of all of the hundreds of fashion shows she has attended over the course of her career, the editor pinpointed John Galliano’s fall 1994 presentation held in Paris as her most memorable.

“My very favourite fashion show of all time was a show that John Galliano gave in a broken down, dilapidated, extraordinary mansion in Paris and the collection was all black,” the 69-year-old recalled. “John created every single look himself. And he’d been out of the public eye for a while. So, it was very emotional for him and for everybody in the audience that he was having his comeback.”

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John Galliano relies on interns’ input at Maison Margiela

John Galliano is “obsessed” with learning about what his interns are interested in.The Gibraltar-born British designer has been the head of Maison Margiela since 2014, and over his four years at the label, has ushered in a host of interns.While the bud…

John Galliano is “obsessed” with learning about what his interns are interested in.

The Gibraltar-born British designer has been the head of Maison Margiela since 2014, and over his four years at the label, has ushered in a host of interns.

While the budding designers are all in awe of the former Dior head, Galliano is adamant he gets just as much out of working with them.

“I’ve never had such close, direct communication with the stages as I’m having here,” he told British Vogue. “It was something I decided right at the beginning, because I remember being an intern myself; the hopes, the aspirations, the passion.

“Their view of the world is completely different. Of course, one understands it, but you can’t put yourself in those shoes, can you? You can only be alive around these people.

“As much as they’re obsessed with what I’m doing and the craft, I’m obsessed with what they’re thinking.”

His interns praise Galliano, who has enjoyed a fashion comeback since being sacked from Dior following a drunken anti-Semitic outburst in 2011, for bringing authenticity to Maison Margiela and not a glossed over version of what the younger generation want from their clothes.

“In other places, you never hang out with the creative director,” a 26-year-old intern called Masha told Vogue’s fashion critic Anders Christian Madsen.

And for his part, Galliano, 58, wants to encourage all of his workers to be themselves.

“That’s inspiring for me,” he smiled.

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Rei Kawakubo collaborates with Gucci and Burberry on mini holiday collection

Rei Kawakubo has convinced Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Burberry star Riccardo Tisci to collaborate on a holiday collection.According to editors at WWD, the 76-year-old Japanese designer, who is revered for her work at brand Comme Des Garcons (CDG), …

Rei Kawakubo has convinced Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Burberry star Riccardo Tisci to collaborate on a holiday collection.

According to editors at WWD, the 76-year-old Japanese designer, who is revered for her work at brand Comme Des Garcons (CDG), has created a collection of holiday items, based on an “iconic” piece of clothing, accessory or design fragment from her peers’ respective fashion houses.

The capsule collection of nine items, includes a “first time ever” collaboration for Maison Martin Margiela, as led by John Galliano, who allowed Rei to rework its iconic AIDS charity T-shirt, which has been reissued annually since 1993.

Fashion fans can also purchase Jean Paul Gaultier’s classic Breton top with red polka dots added to the sailor stripes, and a Burberry check scarf featuring the slogan “My Energy Comes from my Freedom” emblazoned across it. Other designers who have contributed to the range include Walter Van Beirendonck, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Marine Serre, and Stussy. The items will cost from $250 – $500 (£194 – £389).

“We have always enjoyed the synergies of CDG-style collaborations, which is not about brainstorming and back-and-forth with the other party but about trust and respect,” Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garcons International and chief executive at Dover Street Market, told WWD. “Rei does not enjoy two captains on a ship. So, we either leave it to them or ask that they leave it to her. The nine brands were very happy to leave it to her this time.”

For streetwear brand Stussy, the playful designer switched the California brand’s logo upside down on a classic white T-shirt.

“It’s so cool,” Joffe smiled. “It’s about giving the possibility for accident and synergy.”

The collection, part of Comme des Garcons’ annual holiday campaign, will go on sale on Friday (23Nov18) in Rei’s boutique network in Japan, before it is rolled out to other CDG stores and Dover Street Market locations on 6 December.

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Teddy Quinlivan fronts imagery for new Maison Margiela perfume

Teddy Quinlivan and Hanne Gaby Odiele are among the models tapped to front the campaign for Maison Margiela’s new scent, Mutiny.The French fashion house unveiled its debut fragrance following its spring/summer 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week on Wed…

Teddy Quinlivan and Hanne Gaby Odiele are among the models tapped to front the campaign for Maison Margiela’s new scent, Mutiny.

The French fashion house unveiled its debut fragrance following its spring/summer 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday (26Sep18), with the label’s creative director John Galliano explaining that the scent had been designed to reflect his vision of the Maison Margiela woman.

Accordingly, the designer has called on six ‘Mutinist’ ambassadors to represent the diversity and individuality of the fragrance in the accompanying marketing imagery.

The line-up includes models Teddy and Hanne, alongside Will Smith’s daughter Willow Smith, American Honey actress Sasha Lane, rapper Princess Nokia, real name Destiny Frasqueri, and model Molly Bair.

The venture marks Galliano’s first foray into the world of fragrance, with the 52-year-old calling on legendary French perfumer Dominique Ropion to help devise the scent over the course of six years.

Mutiny centres around the traditionally feminine note of tuberose and combines it with the leathery scents of saffron, oud and vanilla, as well as notes of orange flower, jasmine and citrus.

Its bottle can stand upright or lay on its side and, according to Galliano, its top is meant to resemble an open cage “so you can fly out!”

“It is the heart of the tuberose, and it’s a very magical mix – after you’ve left the room, people know you’ve been in there,” he gushed to Vogue. “It can uplift you; it can change your emotions!”

Mutiny launches on 26 September.

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