Tag Archives: John Galliano

I quite liked the Christian Dior collection

17 Oct

What a day it has been! It wasn’t going to end without me adding one to my Spring 2012 runway retrospective. And there is plenty more to come. Watch out for the luxe and delectable Elie Saab!

These here are my picks from the Christian Dior collection. Post the much talked about departure of creative director John Galliano (after his anti-semitic comments fiasco), I knew it would literally be impossible for whoever took his place to follow directly in his footsteps. I mean, how do you copy a theatrical artist? John Galliano had taken wacky to a whole ‘nother level and the Dior collections were much more theatrical fanfare than fashion show. Even though there was the argument that if you took out the props and pulled the pieces apart, there was something there. Oh well, I liked the collections for pure artistic value, John Galliano made a good show.

So it goes without saying that I was curious to see what his back fill would do. And if you ask me, he did well. Bill Gaytten played it safe I must admit but it was refreshingly and wearably safe. They are all pieces I would love to own, in beautiful soft patterns and fabrics, love the play on textures and smattering of colour. It was ladylike chic and very grown up.

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Photo credits: Elle.com

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Beyond Fashion to Pure Art: Christian Dior Haute Couture

26 Jan

John Galliano is an artist, no one has ever doubted that, and with each showing on the runway, he just proves it again.

At this point, I’m not bothered about the wearability of these clothes; all i see is the expert craftsmanship of an amazing artist. The couture pieces, the hair, the head pieces, the make up; it’s beauty unparalleled.

John Galliano, we love you!

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John Galliano the maestro

 

Pictures via Fashion Editorial

Editorial Retro: The famous ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by US Vogue

11 Dec

I take a major fancy to editorials because they’re one of the best outlets for creative expression in fashion. And if you’re looking to find the creative director who has turned out some of the most amazing editorials, look no further than Grace Coddington of US Vogue.

Seven years after this editorial, we’re still loving it. Asides from the fact that I love Alice in Wonderland the classic, the editorial brings the story to life in style and takes inspiration from ten major designers. Alice (Natalia Vodianova) wore dresses from their collections and then they stepped it up by involving each designer in the shoot. Monsieur Lagerfeld himself was right there in wonderland, and it was hilarious to see Viktor and Rolf posing as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

That’s the amazing magic that happens when you put two legends in a room, Grace Coddington and Annie Liebovitz work some magic.

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with Olivier Theyskens (Rochas)

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with Tom Ford

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Marc Jacob

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Karl Lagerfeld

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Jean Paul Gaultier

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Viktor & Rolf

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Christian Lacroix

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Donatella Versace

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John Galliano

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Nicolas Ghesquiere

Photos via Fashioneditorials.com

Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano’s Phantom of the Opera

4 Oct

For John Galliano, it was theather at the runway show, and quite the theatre given its location in the grand Paris opera house, Opéra Comique . When you get over his extreme quirkiness, Mister Galliano is quite the artist-designer and he masters the art of creating a theatrical performance with each show. His muse this time around was Mari Lani, an aspiring French actress in the twenties who conned high profile artists (Matisse, Léger, di Chirico, Chagall, etc) into painting her portrait – with the promise that the paintings would be featured in her upcoming film. When the paintings were completed, she took them, sold all and took off to the US.

Each look from Galliano’s collection took inpsiration from her paintings, with dramatic make up, hats and hair pieces. It is a refreshing take to the runway show if you don’t get caught up with the practical. At this point, with so many shows done, it has to take some drama to keep the fash pack engaged. But having said that, he had pretty wearable pieces beneath all the drama, especially the jewelled dresses towards the end.

Pictures via style.com