Milliner Stephen Jones reflects on 24-year collaboration with Dior

Top milliner Stephen Jones is “greatly honoured” to have collaborated with the team at Dior for the past 24 years.The London-based hat designer is considered to be one of the world’s most radical and important milliners, having created designs for the …

Top milliner Stephen Jones is “greatly honoured” to have collaborated with the team at Dior for the past 24 years.

The London-based hat designer is considered to be one of the world’s most radical and important milliners, having created designs for the likes of John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. As he marks the release of new book Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones, the fashion star has described just how important his work at the French luxury house has been to him over the years.

“Whereas so much of fashion seems ephemeral, Dior has some sort of gravitas – or maybe that’s in my mind’s eye as conversely, hats are the essence of the whimsical,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “Dior hats run the gamut of simplicity to complexity, but most often they attract themselves to the happy spot in between. What is unique that they complete the outfit but can stand by themselves too. This is crucial, because in reality the hat is not about itself but the person wearing it- whether woman, man or child.”

And while Jones is the director of millinary at the brand, he insisted the hats he makes are always dreamed up in collaboration with creative directors, design teams, and craftspeople.

“The different creative directors with whom I have worked always have their distinct point of view. When they arrive at Dior, they understand that hats are an essential part of the Dior iconography, as pivotal as the Bar jacket, fantasy evening dresses or the colour grey. Certainly, hats underline their point of view; To hat or not to hat? Are hats retro or modern? Do they enrich or dilute? These are perennial questions to be resolved every season,” the designer added. “However, the studio is only one side of the story; for me the Dior Atelier Mode is also a huge part of the creative process.”

Published by Rizzoli, Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones will be available to purchase from 1 September.

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Matthew Williams named creative director of Givenchy

Matthew Williams has been tapped as the new head designer of Givenchy.Back in April, designer Clare Waight Keller announced her departure from the French luxury label after a three-year stint.Following Waight Keller’s exit from the brand last month, bo…

Matthew Williams has been tapped as the new head designer of Givenchy.

Back in April, designer Clare Waight Keller announced her departure from the French luxury label after a three-year stint.

Following Waight Keller’s exit from the brand last month, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned company confirmed on Monday that Williams had been appointed as her successor.

“I am extremely honoured to join the House of Givenchy. The Maison’s unique position and timeless aura make it an undeniable icon and I am looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams, to move it into a new era based on modernity and inclusivity,” he said in a statement. “I am grateful to the LVMH group for trusting me with the opportunity to fulfil my lifelong dream. In these unprecedented times for the world, I want to send a message of hope, together with my community and colleagues, and intend to contribute towards positive change.”

Known for his ability to merge streetwear with sharp tailoring, Chicago-born, California-raised Williams founded his 1017 Alyx 9SM label in 2015 and has since expanded his offerings to include ready-to-wear, accessories, and shoe collections. He has also teamed up with the likes of Nike, Dior, Moncler, and Mackintosh on various collaborations.

Williams will be the seventh creative director of Givenchy. He follows in the footsteps of founder Hubert de Givenchy, as well as the likes of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald, and Riccardo Tisci.

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Anna Wintour excited for changes to fashion industry

Anna Wintour is excited to see how the fashion industry responds to new challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis.In an opinion piece published on Vogue.com on Monday, the U.S. magazine’s editor-in-chief marked the Covid-19 pandemic as a catalyst for …

Anna Wintour is excited to see how the fashion industry responds to new challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis.

In an opinion piece published on Vogue.com on Monday, the U.S. magazine’s editor-in-chief marked the Covid-19 pandemic as a catalyst for much-needed change in the industry, with her writing, “Fashion has talked about change for years and now it finally is changing”.

Despite her sadness for those affected, Wintour is glad the virus has forced people to adapt accordingly and is making fashion designers ask themselves questions such as: “How will new collections emerge? How will they be shown? Not in the old ways, and I for one am excited about that.”

She cited a recent episode of Vogue’s Global Conversations, a live video chat discussion among designers such as Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Marni’s Francesco Risso, and John Galliano of Maison Margiela and praised them for “thinking about the future in radical ways.”

One designer who earned Wintour’s particular admiration was Giorgio Armani, who has relocated the presentation of his couture collection from Paris this summer to Milan in January 2021.

Applauding the move, Wintour wrote: “What a benefit to Milan, which has been hit hard by this pandemic, and what a positive model for the industry in that Armani’s collection will be seasonless, reflecting Giorgio’s important statement that fashion must respond to this crisis by making less, and creating more long-lasting designs. I applaud what he’s doing and know that others in fashion are watching these developments closely.”

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Maison Margiela explores slow fashion with fall 20 collection

Maison Margiela has explored the meaning of slow fashion with its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director John Galliano, who renewed his contract with the luxury label last year, unveiled his latest line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday…

Maison Margiela has explored the meaning of slow fashion with its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director John Galliano, who renewed his contract with the luxury label last year, unveiled his latest line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday.

Prior to the release of the co-ed range, the designer recorded a piece for his The Memory Of… podcast in which he explained that he would be introducing a new version of brand founder Margiela’s Replica concept from a 1994 collection, to be known as Recicla. Handpicking items from vintage boutiques and sourcing offcuts from luxury manufacturers, Galliano has restored and re-appropriated them as limited-edition garments or accessories.

“It’s slower fashion, it’s all those things that we believe in and that you can give something another life, longevity, and it’s also buying with a conscience,” the 59-year-old shared. “Recicla is really about recycling and upscaling, and the joy that we will be able to sell these pieces amongst the rest of the collection just thrills me. I think it’s really exciting, because it’s a real thing. It’s handpicked by J.G. I feel it fits in with the story or has been part of the narrative.

“One thing that’s been really thrilling is to have the courage, myself and the team, to explore charity shop finds, just as a quick way to kind of start exercising a concept or something where we can really feel quite free and play with these finds. It’s a learning process – it’s a process!”

During the show, Galliano’s Recicla concept was apparent in the inclusion of a red vintage coat folded into itself with bow detailing, a black chiffon top made with repurposed turquoise silk cashmere, as well as in new versions of the popular leather 5AC bag.

Other highlights included deconstructed coats, patchwork-like jackets, tulle dresses, and updated takes on the label’s iconic Tabi shoes.

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Jennifer Aniston reveals how she avoided wrinkling white dress before SAG Awards

Jennifer Aniston has revealed how she kept her stunning white silk vintage dress wrinkle-free on her way to the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards.The 50-year-old actress hit the red carpet at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday in a show-stopping John Ga…

Jennifer Aniston has revealed how she kept her stunning white silk vintage dress wrinkle-free on her way to the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The 50-year-old actress hit the red carpet at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday in a show-stopping John Galliano for Christian Dior gown, and has since confessed to her followers on Instagram that getting there without creasing the delicate silk was a challenge.

Jennifer shared a photo of herself laying down in the back of a car as she headed out to the SAG Awards, grinning to the camera and flashing a peace sign.

“No wrinkles… harder than it looks!” she joked, before posting another photo of her vintage dress draped over a bathtub, near her black stiletto sandals and her SAG Award, which she won for her role on The Morning Show, after the show.

“Somewhere between these two photos, my peers gave me a gift I will cherish and a night I will never forget,” she touchingly wrote.

Her famous friends were quick to heap praise on the star in the comments, with Gwyneth Paltrow writing: “So deserved.”

“So proud of you! And you’re gorgeous,” her longtime best friend and former Friends co-star Courteney Cox wrote, while Mindy Kaling asked: “How can you be so pretty sitting like this?”

Jennifer beat fellow nominees Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Jodie Comer, and Elisabeth Moss on Sunday to win Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role as Alex Levy in the Apple TV+ show.

“Oh my gosh, this is so unbelievable,” she said as she accepted the award, which marked her first win at the SAG Awards since 1996.

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Jennifer Aniston wows in white at 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Jennifer Aniston pulled out all of the stops at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday night.The 50-year-old, who won the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role in The Morning Show, stood out in …

Jennifer Aniston pulled out all of the stops at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday night.

The 50-year-old, who won the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role in The Morning Show, stood out in a vintage white silk dress designed by John Galliano back when he was creative director of Christian Dior between 1996 and 2011.

Speaking about her outfit during an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet, Jennifer explained that she actually owns the gown.

“This is John Galliano for Christian Dior, this is a vintage dress that I sort of gave to myself as a present,” she said. “This is an investment. These are designers that are working for particular houses – I only have a couple.”

Jennifer completed her ensemble with jewellery from Fred Leighton.

But she wasn’t the only star to opt for white at the SAG Awards – Riverdale star Lili Reinhart looked elegant in a two-tone Miu Miu ballgown, The Handmaid’s Tale actress Yvonne Strahovski rocked a simple white gown from Khyeli and Christian Louboutin heels, while Millie Bobby Brown sported a Louis Vuitton outfit.

Other celebrities to make the best-dressed list included Zoe Kravitz, who matched her peach Oscar de la Renta column gown with white gloves and Tiffany & Co. bling, Cynthia Erivo, who stunned in a fuchsia and orange number from Schiaparelli, and Lupita Nyong’o, who dazzled in a strapless Louis Vuitton gown with silver sequin design.

Elsewhere, Renee Zellweger, who collected the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her film Judy, rocked a midnight blue dress from Maison Margiela with Jimmy Choo stilettos, and Scarlett Johansson made a splash in a teal blue Armani dress with plunging neckline.

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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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