Paris Fashion Week celebrities: Alexa Chung at Stella McCartney, Kylie Minogue and Lou Doillon at YSL and Dita Von Teese at Celine
Thierry Mugler’s spring/summer 2012 collection is a display of sleek modernism and inspired creativity that Lady Gaga would be proud of. Perhaps it then doesn’t come as a surprise that creative director of Thierry Mugler, Nicola Formichetti is the co-mastermind behind Lady Gaga’s wardrobe…
The collection showed angular designs, creative layering – deconstructed springs to mind – and sexy cut-outs what walked down the runway at Gymnase Japy is a modern day Femme Fatale. If its wearable is questionable, but it is certainly watchable.
Not sure if British designer Gareth Pugh is showing us his innermost secrets or is hoping to design the clothes for the new Blade Runner film, but his Spring/Summer Ready-To-Wear 2012 collection shows us he certainly has a strange idea of how women – and some men – should dress next year.
At Paris Fashion Week, Pugh showed the audience and fashionistas worldwide that he definitely has the shock factor. Pugh’s latest collection includes black and white leather cage dresses with knee-high boots – kinky some would say, plastic ‘teardrop’ masks encasing the models’ heads, and muzzles… Yes, muzzles.
I’m not absolutely convinced that the everyday woman will opt for these futuristic/bondage outfits, but I can certainly see Lady Gaga going crazy over the collection. Come to think of it, perhaps Gaga is the inspiration behind the designs?
All photos: Press Association
The Guy Laroche catwalk show offered designs and colours that you wouldn’t necessarily link to spring or summer. Franco-Swedish designer Marcel Marongiu’s spring/summer 2012 collection was overflowing with dark colours injected with a few bright sparks, with the models walking the runway fitted yet floaty dresses in black, grey and green, military coats and a couple of sun yellow items. A very different mood to some of the shows seen in London.
The Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz finds it difficult to understand the fast pace and rapidly changing seasons of the fashion world, and believes that the strict and constant deadlines that designers have to meet is the reason that so many sartorialists succumb to stress.
Elbaz, who is much-loved for his work at French fashion house Lanvin, said: “I don’t understand this marathon of fashion. Today, designers are expected to produce work that is bigger, better, faster and – these days – cheaper. A singer can quit once he or she has made ten great songs, a director can finish once he or she has made five amazing films, a writer just needs to write three great books. Now let’s look at designers – they produce six to eight shows a year, most designers have a 20-year-long career, so I need to create about 250 collections in that time. Not even Danielle Steel could write 250 books. You start to understand why some designers do strange things, why some designers talk to themselves, you have to find a way of dealing with it all.”
It’s no wonder that so many designers are rumoured to be screaming, difficult divas then. There should be a charity for them or something. On another note, not many designers compare themselves to Danielle Steel. It’s kinda cute.
The iconic designer who is particularly famous for his red-carpet creations and sizzling scarlet gowns, revealed the musical plans to La Repubblica: “We’re looking at the possibility of taking my story to Broadway, as a musical.”
Valentino’s life has already been examined before – but this time on the lens, if you remember the 2009 documentary on the designer ‘Valentino: The Last Emperor’. And Broadway had better be careful how they portray Valentino on the stage, because the designer was initially not pleased with how he came across on the film.
He said: “I came across as a despot. The director had surprised Giancarlo Giammetti [Valentino's business partner] and me when we were arguing, which we always do in French. But then (at the end of the screening), the applause never stopped and I saw that people liked me as I am.”
Naturellement, Valentino! Every one simply adores a diva. Save up for your Valentino gowns now ladies – we guarantee that the opening night of the show will be a fashion night to remember.
The troubled designer, who has been taken to court for his anti-Semitic attack on a couple in a Paris cafe, has decided that he does not want to be present in the courtroom when the verdict of his trial is read out.
The infamous Dior designer claims that he has no recollection of the reprehensible anti-Jewish statements that he was caught making on video, and puts his antisocial behaviour down to his problems with substance abuse.
His lawyer said about the unfortunate incident: “One obvious thing is that John Galliano was ill. He had a triple addiction to alcohol, benzodiazepine (valium) and sleeping pills… He does not remember because he was in an altered state. The comments do not reflect what he thinks. He’s not anti-Semitic or racist.”
Who knows how the trial will turn out, though the public certainly haven’t reacted well to his remarks. Watch this space and see what happens next..
Zac, who is loved by all women for his sultry, opulent designs, is moving back to New York Fashion Week because he feels “just like it’s the right time”. The designer said: “Paris is wonderful but it just feels like the right time to show in New York.”
His previous collection for Autumn/Winter 2011, which was showed in Paris, was his trademark array of sculptural-looking evening gowns, this time in leather and metallic fabrics for a harder take on the seventies trend – I absolutely cannot wait to see what he comes up with next, whichever city he’s in.
He went on to explain the city change: “For the Zac Posen Collection, I wanted to give a different voice and focus in the international fashion arena. Obviously, New York has been extremely supportive of me and the stars were aligned to base Z Spoke in my hometown. I have learned over the past 10 years to trust my instinct, to have fun with experimentation and to innovate. I do not see this choice as a focus on Europe, rather, it’s about taking a risk, which is something that is important to do as a creator in order to evolve.”
The British designer Gareth Pugh has revealed that he doesn’t intend to return to showing his collections at London Fashion Week for the forseeable future, as he prefers the respect that he gets in Paris.
Gareth has been showing his collections at Paris Fashion Weeks since 2008 and has absolutely no intention to return to showing at the UK – well, we can’t say we blame his defection to one of the haute couture capitals of the world.
Gareth said his move to gay Paris: “London’s changed a lot since I moved to Paris – Giles, Burberry and Matthew Williamson have all started showing here again – but when I left, people weren’t taking me seriously. The last show I did in London featured lots of safety pins and one journalist made a comment ‘I feel sorry for the intern who had to put that together.’ I think Galliano did that in one of his shows, and no one in Paris would ever have made the same comment about his work.”
The designer continued: “The work that goes into these pieces is secondary, people shouldn’t be so raw about it. In Paris it’s like a badge of honour to put that sort of work into it, but no one talks about it – it would take out the magic. In Paris, you talk about the beauty of a look, not the hours that went into it – that’s not something to flaunt. It’s about something being an object of beauty.”
That’s totally fair enough and all that. But Gareth, if you ever get a pining feeling for LFW, just come back. We miss you!
I don’t know about you, Fashion Week lovers, but for me one of the ultimate highlights of the Autumn/Winter shows was Miu Miu’s 30s and 40s inspired collection of wrap dresses and coats. And it seems that celebrities feel the same way as I do – everyone wants to get their hands on the collection’s key piece, the elegant bird-patterned wrap dress. Hailee Steinfeld and Michelle Williams have already been papped wearing dresses from the show. You can get the real deal (pictured left) and shop the collection at Net-a-porter.com if you’re a squillionaire, but sadly most of us aren’t.
Why do I love Miu Miu’s Autumn/Winter bird printed dress so much? As a lover of vintage fashion and designs that celebrate the female shape, this dress ticks every single box to me – I love the Oriental vibe of the shimmering birds against sultry dark fabrics, which combined with the classic twisted tea-dress shape give a wink to old Hollywood glamour.
To own the real thing is the dream for me – but until then I will happily settle for Warehouse’s gorgeous high-street version, priced at £65, which is extremely similar to the designer version. Check out the dress in the gallery above – we’ve also included a few suggestions of ways to wear the dress. Thankyou, British high street.
BREAKING FASHION GOSSIP! The Brazilian website Glamurama claims to have spoken to sources close to Bernard Arnault, the chairman of LVMH, and gleaned the gossip that super-designer Marc Jacobs is hotly tipped to leave his position at Louis Vuitton to become creative director of Christian Dior
There’s been an awful lot of speculation over who would take over Christian Dior following John Galliano’s disgracing – Azzedine Alaia and Riccardo Tisci have both been considered – but we have to say the idea of Arnault encouraging Marc to take over Dior is an incredibly exciting thought.
The site claims: “The two have met often in recent weeks to discuss the matter. Jacobs, the current creative director of Louis Vuitton, renewed his contract with LVMH in January – and it is possible for him to continue in his current position even if he takes over Dior. More likely, however, is that he’ll end up choosing between one of two. Arnault would prefer him to go to Dior – as the billionaire sees it; Jacobs‘ image will only be good for the fashion house, which was considerably shaken by the Galliano scandal.”
As we all know, the position of creative director at Christian Dior has been standing empty ever since John Galliano made an unfortunate racist slur in Paris. We’ve been absolutely dying to find out which direction the iconic fashion house will be taken in, and who will take it there. Hopefully it won’t be long now until we find out.
Marc Jacobs for Dior? Who knows. Watch this space..
His collections are well known for their sparkle-encrusted feminine dresses, and have been favoured for the red carpet in the past by the likes of Emma Watson, Rihanna, Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart. Saab feels that women like these “do justice” to his designs.
He explained to Britain’s HELLO! magazine: “Unlike the catwalk, where the 17-year-old models are so tall, the red carpet is like a podium for real life – it means so much more to me to see them in my dresses.”
We’re real women! Just send us a dress and we’ll wear it for you! Might have to take it up a couple of sizes though..
I’m in kind of a silly mood today so I’m going to take a look back at the works of one of fashion’s more out-there designers: Jeremy Scott, a label which combines a glorious blend of grotesque cartoon imagery with horror references and splashes of zinging colour. If you’re a fellow lover of kitschy bad taste like I am then J-Scott is probably a designer that’d be right up your alley.
I love Jeremy Scott’s designs because they’re a big, glittery scream-in-your-face departure from the austerity and seriousness of Fashion Week. The likes of Chanel, Versace, Dior and co will always be special and inspirational to me, but Jeremy Scott’s collections are somewhere between a cheesy 80s horror movie and an episode of The Flintstones, and I’m afraid that when my good and bad tastes do battle, the bad tastes always win. I know that I’m not alone in this – Katy Perry and Rihanna love him too.
In the gallery above are some early examples of Jeremy Scott’s work along with his more recent, ridiculous collections featuring the likes of Pixie Geldof on the catwalk. Check out our favourite Jez moments and let us know whether you’re a lover of his work or a hater.