So: two Dior dresses on the red carpet at last night’s Oscars (Sharon Stone and Nicole Kidman). Good sign for the company. However, said actresses, as well as Natalie Portman, who not so surprisingly wore Rodarte, refused to discuss the Galliano issue with reporters — i.e., no one came leaping to his defense. Not a shocker, but also not exactly encouraging, in the celeb/relationship stakes. Read more
Dolce and Gabbana: the crowd comments
Dolce and Gabbaba are increasingly positioning themselves as the Italian equivalent of Burberry: boldly going where no brand has gone before in the digital frontier. Read more
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During fashion week, apparently everyone needs to let off some steam. Last night Tods Group Chairman Diego Della Valle provided the opportunity, together with Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani and the mayor of Milan, Letizia Moratti, hosting a dinner in honour of his Hogan brand, followed by a concert by Duran Duran – who were earlier declared “style icons of the 20th century” by the mayor. Read more
Christian Dior has suspended creative director John Galliano after his arrest last night in Paris on assault charges, pending investigation. Mr Galliano had allegedly been under the influence of alcohol, and shouted anti-semitic comments at a couple on a Marais cafe. Read more
Interestingly, given all that has been written about the hoo-ha of brands placing bloggers in their front row and the supposedly retrograde reaction of the established glossy press (yikes! Barbarians at the gate! and all that) this week American Glamour has invited – and imported, on their own budget – five of the “guest bloggers” on their new “Young & Posh Blogger network,” part of their website, to Milan, to see some shows, meet some designers, and otherwise become part of the family. If you can’t beat ‘em, employee them. Read more
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To all those fashion pundits who keep prophesying the rise of local Chinese brands, and then crying – if not “doom!” then at least “watch out” – when discussing what that might possibly mean for the rest of the fashion world (the ones who currently act like they have a lock on the lucrative Asian market), here is a message: last night their visions (dreams? nightmares?) came true. Read more
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Fashion isn’t known for being good at mea culpas (generally denial and escapism are what might come to mind in free-association), but today Diane von Furstenberg, designer/CFDA president, has put herself out there in an attempt to change all that. Here it is in her words:
Dear Colleagues and Designers,
I hope you are all resting from NY Fashion Week and that you are having great results from buyers and press.
As you remember, I sent you all a letter prior to the shows, emphasizing healthy models and diversity, and reminding you of our Health Guidelines.
One of the guidelines, as you know, is not to hire models under 16 in addition to making sure that all of them are properly fed.