John Galliano is not a halfway kind of guy. When he grasps a motif, he runs with it. After years of fielding criticism for those wondrous theatrical extravaganzas in which he often gave not a whit of attention to real clothes, he has now swung over — all the way over — to the other side. Putting the focus on the merch was the reason he took his resort collection to New York, to great fanfare, last May; now, he’s brought the notion to Paris.
The Christian Dior collection he showed on Tuesday night was all about real clothes for real stores — and not just in the fashion capitals — a point Galliano delivered with blunt clarity and a great big “take that” to his critics.
His spring message was concise: a smart, discreet suit for day, a beautifully draped dress for night. Despite their aura of reserve courtesy of subtle, neutral-toned fabrics, the suits bore considerable interest, an arm slit on one, a bold rounded shoulder on another and often, a measure of tone-on-tone embroidery defining the jacket. These looked refined and completely above the fashion fray, clothes for women who care far more about dressing well than looking trendy.
Galliano made the transition into evening with white jersey pieces embellished with small metal hoops and with sweet little embroidered dresses. As for his grandest looks, relative to the lavishness that once commanded even his ready-to-wear runways, these, too, radiated calm, yet with impeccable intricacies of cut and flou delicately sprinkled with crystals and beading.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion