August 2 2014

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119 posts tagged "Dior"

Model-Slash: Jewelry Designer Lindsay Ellingson


Lindsay Ellingson’s line of silk-and-gold bracelets, Goldie Knots, is sweet and unassuming—a lot like the model herself, who has a girl-next-door appeal despite her high-profile career. She got her start by attending a scouting event on a whim in 2005. At the time, she was studying biology at the University of California at San Diego, and knew nothing about fashion. So when she was quickly picked up by an agency, flown to Paris, and instantly sent to meet with John Galliano, who wanted her to open the Christian Dior show (mind you, she had never heard of John Galliano or Christian Dior), she didn’t know what to expect. “My eyes were squinting so badly because I didn’t realize the lights were going to be so bright!” she says of her Dior debut.

A self-confessed science geek (in Valentino: The Last Emperor, the camera pans a room of models backstage in hair and makeup, and she can be spotted with her nose in a tome on Einstein), Ellingson, now twenty-eight, has been going nonstop since diving into modeling eight years ago. She’s walked for everyone from Michael Kors to Chanel, done Victoria Secret’s runway spectacle for five years running (yes, she’s worn those coveted Angel wings), shot campaigns for the underwear megabrand, as well as Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino, and MAC, and starred in editorials (and a few cover shoots) for Vogue, GQ, and Marie Claire.

A stranger to fashion no more, the model is now somewhat of a designer herself, turning out high-quality creations of knotted silk and 14-karat gold that she makes by hand. Having learned the craft from her mother, Ellingson started by making the bracelets for herself. However, the baubles quickly caught the attention of her friends, and a Victoria’s Secret stylist requested to use them on a few shoots. Thus, Goldie Knots was born. Most of her business has come from word of mouth, but her Web site is launching this spring, where the bracelets will be sold for $150 to $250. A lover of animals, Ellingson will be donating a portion of the proceeds to help out her furry friends. “So far, in just the very small amount of business I’ve done, I’ve donated about $2,000 to the Humane Society of the United States.” Talk about an Angel.

Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros/ Getty Images

Galliano Returns


He’s back. This morning, WWD released an extensive feature announcing that for the first time since his Paris café outburst and departure from Dior, John Galliano has reemerged—in Oscar de la Renta’s studio, of all places. Galliano will work in de la Renta’s studio throughout the next three weeks, in an effort to reimmerse himself in the fashion world. Believed to have been facilitated by Anna Wintour, who is a close friend of de la Renta and was a key player in Galliano’s early-nineties comeback, the partnership is somewhat undefined, but de la Renta, who told WWD that he is a “great admirer of [Galliano's] talent,” asserts that he’ll welcome the designer’s input on his upcoming collection.

The story also features statements from Galliano, who comes out as a recovering alcoholic and apologizes for his anti-Semitic statements. “I have been in recovery for the past two years. Several years prior to my sobriety, I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community. I have expressed my sorrow privately and publicly for the pain which I caused, and I continue to do so. I remain committed to making amends to those I have hurt,” he said.

While this is, as WWD notes, perhaps the biggest fashion comeback since Chanel, it seems a surprising and unexpected move on both designers’ parts. The simplest explanation would be that Galliano is posed to take over for de la Renta, now 80, in the event that he were to retire. However, de la Renta dispels this notion. “Am I retiring? Is John going to replace me? Certainly not. I hope to be around for a long time.” Galliano has not yet revealed what he’ll do after his stint with de la Renta.

Photo: Victor Boyko/ Getty Images

Bel Ami


Thirty-two-year-old Alexandre Mattiussi has been on our radar since launching Ami, his line of smart, approachable menswear, two years ago. And tomorrow, the Paris-based designer will celebrate a notable milestone: the opening of his first stand-alone boutique. A homey converted atelier in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement, Ami (which, you’ve no doubt noticed, is a play on the designer’s name as well as the French word for “friend”), fuses design elements Mattiussi holds dear, such as the parquet floors of a Parisian apartment and decor you’d find in a tailor’s workshop.

Mattiussi learned the ropes designing for houses like Dior, Givenchy, and Marc Jacobs, and his own line reflects his luxurious take on easy, masculine dressing. “I really wanted to do clothes that I could wear and afford,” explained the designer during a preview. “Ami is clothing for me and my friends. It’s not intimidating, it’s not too expensive, and it’s definitely not pretentious.”

On the racks (which he also designed) hang thick mustard and burgundy wool-alpaca sweaters, shirts in Japanese poplin, checked overcoats, and wool cashmere suits the designer calls “city but casual.” Like his clothes, the prices are “not intimidating,” too, starting at about $170 and hovering in the mid-three digits (although one of his sheep-lined denim jackets runs about $1,900). Also on offer are accessories like sleek brogues and floral-print baseball caps by the niche brand Larose (the first of several collaborative projects Ami has lined up). “I like the idea of a multifaceted collection,” says Mattiussi. “It’s not too conceptual or intellectual. It’s like soup: If all the ingredients are good and the result is good, we serve it up.”

Ami is located at 109 boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris, +33-9-83-27-65-28.

Photo: Yann Deret

Today In Second Hand News: Simons vs. Galliano


In which we track the way that certain fashion news stories are recycled around the Web.

Today’s secondhand news amounts to a sleeper hit for the Internet. That’s because the original story came out on Friday but didn’t really take off until today. Even recycling bloggers take the weekend off, it seems. It was on Friday that British Vogue kicked things off with a post touting an upcoming interview with Raf Simons in the magazine’s January issue. Employing a certain old-media discretion, the tone was straightforward:

The first few recyclers of this item, Fashionologie,, Styleite, and Grazia, picked up on a quote from Simons about wanting to make Dior as efficiently branded as Chanel, a process that apparently starts with the nose.

But it turns out, those outlets were burying the lede, because The Cut, perhaps with the benefit of the weekend to dream up a new angle, raised the ante with a tweet linking to a post from 10:43 a.m. It referenced a different part of the original Vogue U.K. post:

Fashionista, playing catch-up, echoed in a tweet linking to a post from 2 p.m.:

Congratulations then to today’s clear winner in the secondhand news sweepstakes: The Cut.

Bonus points to Grazia, though, for tweeting the same story twice within a few hours, the second time in a slightly pithier and more twitter handle-alert manner:

Now we’ll just have to wait for the January issue of British Vogue to see what Simons really did or didn’t say about Galliano.

Photo: Alexander Klein / AFP / Getty Images

All Dolled Up In Dior Couture


Halloween has come and gone, and Thanksgiving is barreling down the pike, which means that Christmas is mere minutes away—and with it, Christmas windows. Today, Dior announced that it has partnered with Paris’ Printemps department store to do the retailers’ annual holiday windows, which will pay tribute to the history of the house and its helmsmen, from Monsieur Dior himself to John Galliano to the newly installed Raf Simons. For 11 windows along the Boulevard Haussmann, Dior created 2-foot-tall dolls, each wearing an haute couture look from the house’s archive, recreated by the couture ateliers at 30 Avenue Montaigne (with a few stuffed male dancing partners in the mix, wearing Dior Homme). They range from the classic Bar jacket look (above) to Galliano’s flower-shop gown (below) from Fall ’10 to Simons’ debut collection for the house. The dolls themselves—74 will be created in all, and animated in the windows—are one-of-a-kind and not for sale, but an accompanying collection of holiday gifts including shoes, bags, scarves, timepieces, and even Dior snow globes will be sold. As part of one (above right), the Bar jacket can be yours after all—albeit under glass. The completed windows will be unveiled December 9 by Dior face Marion Cotillard.

Photos: Courtesy of Dior