I’ve been putting off a Dior post for a few weeks now. I of course have an opinion about what happened but I don’t really know how to express how I feel about the Galliano incident. John Galliano is a brilliant designer. He understands fashion, women’s bodies, fabric manipulation, and drama. However, I am Jewish, and what he said is obviously appalling and hurtful and I hate that his tenure at Dior and reputation in the fashion industry had to end like this. Honestly, I am just sad. That simple word really expresses perfectly how I feel. I am sad that his time at Dior is up, that he will not design stunning clothes (for a while at least), and most of all I am sad about his feelings towards Jews. That said his last collection for Dior was, of course, gorgeous.
This Hermes collection is Christophe Lemaire’s first for the house. It was a bit shaky at the end, but the leather pieces (what Hermes is known for) were luscious and perfect for fall. I am excited to see what he does for his upcoming collections.
This presentation (the actual fashion show was canceled) was John Galliano’s smallest to date. The above dresses are my favorite from the line. His separates really aren’t my style but his dresses always are!
As you can tell from the five photos above I have both a leather and Loewe obsession. Those two semi-bomber jackets with fur collars are screaming my name and I have never wanted a leather shift dress more.
Apparently it is supposed to snow again tomorrow, so here are some snowy pictures hoping for the best.
For that last big snow my roommate and I went ice skating in Bryant Park. I hadn’t been ice skating in about seven years, but it was definitely worth the experience even if I was excruciatingly slow and paranoid everyone around me was out to make me fall.
Grandmother's mink Dior hat accented with snow
I have turned into a ring person. I have my share of vintage cocktail rings from huge gaudy stones to chunky gold ones. But now I love thin, simple bands, mainly in gold. I wear six rings everyday but seven is my lucky number, and I think I need to get a new one. After scouring the internet, I have found my favorites. Now the only question is, which is going to be lucky number seven?
Coco Rocha in Japanese Vogue
As today is my birthday I felt the extreme need for a birthday post, complete with balloons, cake Marie Antoinette, Coco Rocha and, of course, Vogue.
Let me begin with saying that Dior, in the past, has not been one of my favorite design houses. I find it too costumey and just not my personal style. But John Galliano’s past two collections, the Fall/Winter 2010 and the Fall Couture 2010 contain some of the most beautiful clothing I have ever seen. They have been delicate and feminine, without being cliche.
When I interned at Elle Magazine last semester I was able to watch the runway shows online, and then within days I could touch the clothes that I admired so much. I loved it when Dior came in, I remembered the clothes from the collection and handled them with the utmost care, hoping that one day I could wear them myself.
So, obviously, I was very excited to see the Dior couture show, because this is Mr. Galliano’s real stage, where his creativity rules the second you receive the much envied invitation.
His inspiration for this show are tulips, a simple pretty flower, which he was able to turn into anything but simple, and exquisite instead of the requisite “pretty”. Both the ball gowns at the end of the show and cozy sweater dresses really captured the essence of the flower, and amplified it to couture status.
It was a truly beautiful collection, and I wish I could see the clothes when they come into Elle instead of being stuck in the suburbs.
I edited down the collection to my absolute favorites, you will see that there are still quite a lot. (And yes that is Karlie Kloss opening the show, again).
If you don’t already know, Marion Cottilard is one of my favorite people on the planet. And while I do not (regretfully) know her personally, she exudes a likability that is hard to ignore.
I first saw her in Big Fish, one of my favorite movies, and then later in A Good Year, but it wasn’t until I saw her tour de force and Oscar winning performance in La Vie en Rose did myself, and the world really take notice of her. That year she became the third person in history to win an Oscar for a foreign film, let alone the Best Actress award. She was also dressed, quite beautifully, by John Galliano, in a stunning white dress which resembled fish scales. The head designer of Dior loved her so much that she became the face of the Lady Dior campaign.
And for the July Issue of Vogue she is on the cover. I cannot tell you how happy I was to see her beautiful face on the cover and and not another celebrity. In my mind Marion Cottilard is an actress, a singer, a humanitarian, but not, as of yet, a celebrity. While I like Blake Lively, I really do not think that she should be on the cover of Vogue but there she was on the June issue.
It was risky putting Cottilard on the cover, she is not really a household name in America nor is she doing drastic publicity stunts to get her there. Instead she is charming, French, quirky, and of course an amazing actress.
The pictures from the cover shoot are incredible, the best I have seen in a very long time. To me, this is what they should look like. This is what a magazine is meant to do, transport you to a different country or time and make the clothing come alive.
The July Cover.