Baby Jane Holzer, that is. She was one of the inspirations for John Galliano's very pretty fall collection for Christian Dior, which skillfully mixed glamour and restraint. The big hair and ladylike accessories were all part of the fun. Here, a look that would have delighted Holzer in the Sixties, a flared fur coat, worn with short leather gloves and a top-handle bag.
Christian Dior: And here's to you, Mr. Galliano — for proving so delightfully what many showgoers this season suspected, hoped for, longed for, that pared-down and pretty (read: wearable) has more range than a sober sheath. Of course, in John Galliano's world, range doesn't materialize out of nowhere. "I'm always looking for heroines who make me dream," he said. For fall, he found such gals in Baby Jane Holzer, Raquel Welch and the most shameless future mother-in-law ever, Mrs. Robinson, whose anthem played throughout much of his lineup. They inspired a Christian Dior collection Galliano called "pure glamour," one that worked the joyful, high-voltage side of restraint to near perfection.
Suits? Dior's got them in bright orange, red, lime green, purple and fuchsia in couture-worthy silks and exotic skins, often worn under the shade of Stephen Jones' giddily demonstrative hats. And just when you wondered what a girl's supposed to don for quieter moments, out came a perfect double-breasted tweed coat and neat patent-trimmed suit in an oversize glen plaid. There were furs like your momma had, only chicer, and simply cut dresses, the better to show off a splashy print, flashy embroideries or a flurry of orange feathers tickling the knees. As for evening, guess what? The Oscars notwithstanding, it turns out that it's not illegal to design or wear a gown in a color other than red.
Retro? Yes, in a fabulously big hair, thick eyelash, matchy-match accessories kind of way. That part's the dream that gets Galliano going. The reality — polished, upbeat clothes for women who don't sleep in jumbo rollers under a net — is even better.
Photos By: Delphine Achard, Stephane Feugere and GiovanniGiannoni
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews