Demna Gvasalia didn’t anticipate success of Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers

Demna Gvasalia had no idea Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers would be so popular.The Georgian designer led teams at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton in the past and is now garnering critical acclaim as creative director of Balenciaga and Vetements…

Demna Gvasalia had no idea Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers would be so popular.

The Georgian designer led teams at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton in the past and is now garnering critical acclaim as creative director of Balenciaga and Vetements.

Gvasalia first introduced the chunky-soled Triple S as part of his fall/winter 2017 Balenciaga menswear line, with the shoe quickly selling out and sparking the trend for “dad sneakers,” however, he is adamant that he never anticipated such strong interest in the creation.

“(The) Triple S became that commercial success that we didn’t expect,” he stated in an interview with The Washington Post. “We were not really very ready to supply the demand that we were actually getting… Everybody asks us, even the driver, like the Uber driver, asks me, ‘So when is there a new sneaker coming out?'”

A pair of Triple S sneakers cost around $830 (£645), with the shoes all currently sold out on the Balenciaga website. There is a huge demand for the designs on resale websites too, yet Gvasalia doesn’t view himself as the king of the “ugly” sneaker.

“I cannot feel the ownership or responsibility, for example, for ugly sneakers or whatever they call it. I cannot feel that responsibility because I truly do not consider Triple S as an ugly sneaker,” the 38-year-old continued. “I don’t like ugly things. Like, I don’t know who came up with that. I actually love beautiful things; but I maybe try to see beauty in other things that are not conventionally considered as beautiful today.”

Elsewhere in the discussion, Gvasalia spoke about his fall/winter 2019 ready-to-wear line for Balenciaga, and upheaval within the fashion world. He also chatted about his other controversial design – a $2,000 (£1,550) blue leather tote which resembles an expensive Ikea bag.

“I used, a lot, the actual Ikea bag in my student time. I always thought how great (it) would it be to have the same thing, but in a beautiful, luxurious bag,” he explained of the inspiration.

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Oscar-winning editor accepts Bohemian Rhapsody pub scene was a mess

Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody editor John Ottman still shudders when he thinks about the scene that has been used as an example of why he shouldn’t have received the award. The Queen biopic landed four Academy Awards last month (Feb19) and while m…

Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody editor John Ottman still shudders when he thinks about the scene that has been used as an example of why he shouldn’t have received the award.

The Queen biopic landed four Academy Awards last month (Feb19) and while many critics accepted the film was a deserving winner in three categories, some took aim at the fact John Ottman won the Oscar for his editing work.

The worst detractors backed up their attack on the editor by posting one sequence from the movie that left them dizzy – it featured more than 60 cuts in less than two minutes.

And, in a recent interview with The Washington Post, Ottman admits he hates the scene in question – when Queen first meet their manager John Reid.

The editor explains the scene needed last-minute adjustments after director Dexter Fletcher took over from Bryan Singer, explaining parts of the film’s story line had been altered and some of the dialogue in the pub scene no longer made sense.

“Whenever I see it (the scene) I want to put a bag over my head, because that’s not my aesthetic,” Ottman told the publication. “If there’s even an extended version of the film where I can put a couple of scenes back, I will recut that scene!”

The editor made his comments amid speculation about a Bohemian Rhapsody sequel.

Producer Graham King has dismissed the idea and Oscar winner Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, has now been linked to the villain role in the next James Bond movie.

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Diane von Furstenberg focused on leaving a lasting legacy

Diane von Furstenberg is now focused on her “third act” and leaving behind a lasting legacy.The Belgian-born fashion designer redefined womenswear with the launch of her iconic wrap dress in 1974, and has gone on to outfit the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow,…

Diane von Furstenberg is now focused on her “third act” and leaving behind a lasting legacy.

The Belgian-born fashion designer redefined womenswear with the launch of her iconic wrap dress in 1974, and has gone on to outfit the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Diane handed over the creative reins of her business to Nathan Jenden earlier this year (18) and she has now spoken about how she wants to use her platform to promote causes close to her heart.

“I don’t want to do another colour palette,” she told The Washington Post. “I’ve had three acts. The first was the American Dream, the young girl coming to New York, the wrap dress, blah, blah, blah. The second: I started over. Now, I’ve been thinking, now is the time for the third act. How do I turn this into a legacy, so the legacy will last after me?”

She has undertaken a number of philanthropic endeavours in recent years, including acting as a director on The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation, which provides support to non-profit organisations in the area of community building, education, human rights, arts and health, as well as being a board member for Vital Voices, a women’s leadership organisation.

And the fashion star, who will receive the Swarovski Award for Positive Change at the 2018 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night (04Jun18), has shared how she is determined to inspire the next generation of women in business.

“Now everyone talks about authenticity and honesty. It’s easy for me. I’ve never lied – not about (my business) going up and down. I’ve always shared it,” the 71-year-old insisted. “In the beginning, people said, ‘Who is this princess from Europe who makes inexpensive dresses? Who is this woman?’ My plan was always to be a bit provocative to get attention and be very, very honest.”

Diane, who was once married to Prince Egon von Furstenberg, went on to explain that she is determined to continue finding “fulfilment” in her work. However, the global fashion icon admitted that she is sometimes amazed by her achievements too.

“Ageing is a big deal. I pretend that I think ageing is wonderful. And it is. (Yet), I wake up in the morning and say, ‘I’ve changed.’ I’ve lived so fully. I should be 140,” she laughed.

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