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First Raf Simons For Dior Ad Campaign Is Out

03 January 2013, 12.10 | Posted in Fashion, Models, advertisement | 1 comment »

Dior RTW cover First Raf Simons For Dior Ad Campaign Is Out
Finally, the first ready-to-wear ad campaign images (above left) for Dior as guided by the brand’s new creative director, Raf Simons, have been released. The campaign brings a much lighter touch as compared with former Dior head, John Galliano (see images from the 2012 campaign he directed above right), who was known for his more dramatic viewpoint. Shot by Willy Vanderperre and featuring models Anna Martynova, Marie Piovesan, and Daria Strokous, the ads aim for a streamlined look, modernized with surrealist touches.

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Raf Simons To Replace Galliano At Dior

09 April 2012, 18.31 | Posted in Business, Designer news | No comments »

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The NY Times has broken the story that Belgian designer Raf Simons (shown above) will replace John Galliano at Dior. According to the Times, talks began in October 2011:

At the time Mr. Simons, 44, was at Jil Sander. But while Mr. Simons is influential, having started the trend for bright colors that has washed over much of the affordable clothing market, and was in discussions in 2010 with the French rival PPR about taking over Yves Saint Laurent, he was not widely seen as a candidate for Dior. His minimalist designs for Jil Sander seemed at odds with Dior’s ultra-femininity. And he is a low-key presence in a business that tends to love Barnum types.

Funny, last week I was chatting with an international investor about LVMH (which owns Dior) dragging its feet on finding a Galliano replacement. He explained that LVMH let’s each house operate fairly independently and the Dior crew is known for being conservative and slow to take action, but he said that recently there had been a push from above for action and the decision would be coming down very soon. And voila, here the moment is upon us.

Galliano Booted From His Own Label

15 April 2011, 13.10 | Posted in Business, Designer news | 1 comment »

JohGallianoSpring2011 Galliano Booted From His Own Label

Despite having the empathy of most of his peers in the design community, things keep getting worse for disgraced designer John Galliano, who has been fired from his job as head of the John Galliano label, 91 percent of which is owned by Christain Dior.

According to a WWD article, there are some companies who have expressed interest in purchasing the label, including some of its licensing partners. However, it is looking like at the moment no effort has been made to put the John Galliano label on the block and supposedly the in-house design team continues to produce and a pre-Spring collection is in the works, which, how weird will that be sans Galliano? And given that he was fired basically for being the poster child for anti-Semitism is there any hope of rehabilitating a label named after him?

The image above was taken at the Spring 2011 runway show for John Galliano. By the time of his Autumn 2011 show in early March, the axe had fallen and Galliano was absent from a salon presentation of what would be his final collection for the label. Via Style.

Riccardo Tisci Supposedly Replacing Galliano At Dior

09 March 2011, 15.46 | Posted in Business, Couture | 1 comment »

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All sorts of fashion sites have said it’s been “confirmed” that Riccardo Tisci, currently the head designer for Givenchy, will be replacing John Galliano at Christian Dior. At this point the confirmation seems to be a lot of people repeating the same rumor on Twitter, making it far from official news. If it is him, just to get up to speed, Tisci was born in Italy, is 35 and began designing for Givenchy in February 2005. Christian Dior is publically traded and thus very numbers minded so if it is indeed looking at Tisci, it’s in part because Givenchy has grown since Tisci landed there, with an added plus that over his past few collections he’s begun to really hit his stride creatively. Another plus is that Givenchy, like Christian Dior, is a couture label so there would be less of a adjustment period in that respect.

Still, while he may be a great candidate and the only one on Dior’s short list, given the intense level of scandal it just experienced, you’d have to guess that its doing a very, very thorough background check of Tisci so even if he’s the company’s No. 1 nominee, it could be a minute before the announcement is made official.

PFW: Christian Dior First Runway Images Autumn 2011 W Statement Update

04 March 2011, 15.30 | Posted in Couture, Runway Show | No comments »

ChristianDior PFW: Christian Dior First Runway Images Autumn 2011 W Statement Update

The first runway images from the Christian Dior runway show that will go down in infamous history as the last designed by John Galliano have begun to show up. Apparently a speech was made prior to the start byChristian Dior CEO Sidney Toledano, who spoke of the unusual events leading up to the show. Good luck to all the editors who have to write about it–combining a critique with an attempt to makes sense of the final tragic show of a great designer won’t be easy!

[UPDATE: The actual letter statement, written by Sidney Toledano, on the next page with a heavy emphasis on the brand's heritage.]

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Galliano Apologizes But Is Still Headed To Court

02 March 2011, 21.51 | Posted in Music, Runway Show, celebrity | No comments »

From WWD & WSJ:

Christian Dior’s dismissed designer John Galliano “unreservedly apologized” for his alleged anti-Semitic comments, an emotional mea culpa that marked the troubled designer’s first effort to salvage his reputation. Yet he also painted himself as a victim of discrimination and said he would fight back.

“Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offense,” the British designer said in a statement. He said he would immediately seek help for his “failures.” People close to Dior said the 50 year-old designer has been suffering from alcohol addiction and that it impacted his ability to work.

 Meanwhile, the Thierry Mugler show has begun to stream….right now we’re getting a backstage view (nope, it’s showtime!), with Lady Gaga showing up now and again in giant pigtails. And it is a sort of ironic/amusing twist that the Mugler show is anchored by the theme of a birth of a new race of prejudice-free people, an idea presented in Gaga’s recent single “Born This Way.” In many ways it’s like a staged playing out of the changing of the guards. Fascinating. P.S. Gaga knows how to work a runway!

Music Break: En Vogue ‘Free Your Mind’

01 March 2011, 16.36 | Posted in Common Sense, Fashion | No comments »

In light of the debacle of ugliness the John Galliano situation illustrates, enjoy En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind,” as our statement that racial and ethnic prejudice is flat out WRONG!

Natalie Portman Issues Statement On John Galliano

01 March 2011, 14.48 | Posted in Business, celebrity, perfume | No comments »

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Not the easiest story to be following, but since we’ve started down that path….Natalie Portman, who is the face of Christian Dior’s “Miss Dior Cherie” fragrance (print ad above), has issued a statement in response to the video of John Galliano, making anti-Semetic statements:  

“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”

As it turns out, the video was made in December, and was separate from the incident for which Galliano was arrested last week. Via Telegraph.

Galliano On Video Making Anti-Semetic Comments

28 February 2011, 15.00 | Posted in Business, Couture | 14 comments »

In the latest update on  designer John Galliano, who was suspended last week by Christian Dior because of accusations he made anti-Semetic comments, we just spotted the above video on Fashioncopious (more details there on the case), in which Galliano is filmed making venemous comments, including “I love Hitler,” at La Perle restaurant in Paris, where the incident between Galliano and some nearby diners was said to take place. [UPDATE: Apparently this video is a separate incident from the one that led to his suspension though they both took place at La Perle.]  It’s really quite sickening and sort of heartbreaking so be warned before you hit play.

We had commented on Friday that major corporations put people on the chopping block for often whimish reasons, but had they seen this video it was clear they had good reason to suspend Galliano.

John Galliano Fights Back

26 February 2011, 14.43 | Posted in Business, Couture | 2 comments »

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Since we posted the news of John Galliano being accused of hurling anti-Semitic remarks at a couple in Paris a couple days back, the rumors have been flying. And now we have some actual news from his lawyer from WWD:

His lawyer Stephane Zerbib told WWD the designer visited police in Paris’ third arrondissement at midnight on Friday to provide three witness statements that he never made any such comments. The designer has also filed a claim of defamation and injury against the couple – identified on Le Figaro’s Web site as Géraldine Bloch, 35, and Philippe Virgiti, 41 – and is now awaiting the decision of police, Zerbib said. Zerbib also said Galliano is “shocked” that Dior – citing a zero-tolerance policy on racism and anti-Semitism – suspended him from his job functions pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Christian Dior, while a storied fashion house, is also part of a publically traded, mega-corporation, Christian Dior S.A. to be exact, which has ties to LVMH Moet Hennessy Group, an even more massive public company (which has been in the news recently for irritating the heck out of Hermes). Above is an image of Bernard Arnault, the CEO and Chairman of both companies and the richest man in France. Some have implied that this happened because Christian Dior Couture has been struggling financially and leadership were looking for reasons to dump Galliano. And while its true it’s underperformed its luxury peers, it recently reported a positively-received earnings quarter. Still, given the strangeness of corporations, especially ones of this size, it’s shocking to read that Galliano is “shocked.” After all, however, legendary he may be to the fashion world, he’s still a weirdo outsider to corporate and as such, his head can be offed for the most whimish of reasons.