July 23 2014

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Galliano Takes the Stage


John GallianoHe’s back! Kind of. After months of rumors, WWD reports that John Galliano is slated to design the costumes for Stephen Fry’s forthcoming London production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Given his flare for theatrics, and the fact that he created onstage wares for the same play back in 1982, we’d say the designer is more than qualified for the job. Galliano is also apparently still in talks with Oscar de la Renta about assuming a more permanent role at the company. “I love John. He is a great talent,” de la Renta said.

Photo: Monica Feudi/

The Strings and Arrows of Unpleasant Fortune


John Galliano, at the Spring 2007 Dior Haute Couture showThe Galliano world tour continues—this time without Galliano. The former Dior couturier—not in person, but in puppet form—will be the star of a twenty-minute play put on by the French fashion magazine Vestoj to celebrate its new issue, WWD reports. “Little John” is adapted from Galliano’s now-famous apology interview with Charlie Rose (who will also appear as a puppet). It debuts at Silencio in Paris on December 10, followed by a second performance in February at the London College of Fashion. (Galliano himself is an alum of rival London fashion school Central Saint Martins.)

As for a costume, what could be more appropriate for a pint-size reproduction than a Napoleonic outfit? Puppeteer Etienne Bideau-Rey based the puppet’s garb off the nineteenth-century look Galliano wore to the Spring 2007 Dior Haute Couture show.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

“Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video


Just in case you haven’t gotten your fill of Lady Gaga’s paint-smeared face, it’s back in the video for “Applause,” the first single to (officially) drop from the singer’s forthcoming album, Artpop. Fittingly, for the woman devoted to living her life as a live-action editorial shoot, the video was directed by fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who also shot Artpop‘s cover and Gaga’s four September V covers. “For me, it was one of the most memorable experiences that we’ve ever had,” Gaga’s stylist, Brandon Maxwell, told when asked about working with the photographers. Of course, the clothes—like an archival John Galliano gown accessorized with duct tape and safety-pin baubles by Mathieu Mirano, and Valentino Couture lingerie paired with Alaïa boots—added to the excitement.

“The concept was really, What would you do for the applause?” explained Maxwell. Donning a custom Gareth Pugh pillow gown (which explodes around a black catsuit by Mila Schön) and a Maison Martin Margiela Couture jacket (Gaga wears it atop a mirror-and-pin costume conceived by her sister, Natali Germanotta) seems a good place to start. However, Maxwell stressed that some of Gaga’s most memorable looks boast a DIY touch. “Nobody loves clothes and couture more than Gaga, but I think some of her most famous costumes are things that she made with her own two hands,” asserted the stylist. “So there are parts of the video that are incredible for fashion people—like, I was basically crying during that whole Galliano scene. But she has a huge fan base, and I like to choose pieces—whether they’re off the runway or made by us—that some of these kids can make at home.” This time around, those items included seashell pasties; a floating bikini bottom that Gaga’s in-house Renaissance man, Perry Meek, assembled from fresh flowers, glue, and string; and a surreal top by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac shaped to look as though two gloved hands are grasping Gaga’s breasts. The pop star also wears assemblage-style wings—fashioned from broken umbrella spokes—by L.A.-based Junker Designs. Continue Reading ““Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video” »

John Galliano x Oscar de la Renta: Round Two?


Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014After a temporary stint at Oscar de la Renta back in January (and a subsequent whirlwind press tour) John Galliano is reportedly in talks with the house about returning on a more permanent basis, reports WWD []. Alex Bolen, CEO of Oscar de la Renta Inc., offered, “As we have said before, we are deeply impressed with John’s talent and would love to find a way to work with him in the future. To date, we have not found that way.” Galliano’s representative declined to comment. Back in January, de la Renta—now age 81—vehemently denied that he was retiring and grooming Galliano as a successor. But earlier this year he did tell the paper, “We all loved having John here in the studio, and would like to find a way of having him here more often.” Could there be another Galliano-infused ready-to-wear collection in de la Renta’s future?

Photos: Filippo Fior/ InDigital/ GoRunway

Take Five: C├ędric Rivrain’s Antique Medical Instruments


Fashion folk are a curious bunch, and we’ve found that they tend to collect equally curious things. In our new “Take Five” feature, we get the lowdown on our favorite industry personalities’ most treasured trinkets.

Cedric Rivrain's Antique Medical Instruments

Best known for the eerie, expressive fashion illustrations he’s done for the likes of Martine Sitbon, John Galliano, Lanvin, Hermès, and Maison Michel, Cédric Rivrain lives in a Paris flat filled with curiosities. Among them are piles of anatomical figures, containers filled with unusual drawing tools, and stacks of Hermès boxes. But most intriguing is his collection of over fifty vintage medical instruments—some of which date back to the early nineteenth century—which are displayed proudly on his glass coffee table. “Some people are scared of them, but they know that I’m not a mean person, so it’s fine,” said Rivrain. “And everybody is always trying to guess what they were used for. I actually don’t even know myself!”

He doesn’t really want to know, either. Left to Rivrain by his late father—a general practitioner who had a large practice in Brittany—the drills and breathing masks look more like implements of torture than a doctor’s paraphernalia. “I was obsessed with them as a kid,” remembers Rivrain, who, along with his brother, would play with the unsettling antiques when his parents were out. “That’s why I never really wanted to know what they were used for. In my memories, they were never for medicine. They were for magic and fun.”

Here, Rivrain, who divulged that he’ll be launching his first T-shirt collaboration this fall, discusses his favorite contraptions with

1. “This one is a total mystery to me, but I think it’s a weird old mechanism for cutting. I know it was for surgery, and you’re supposed to fix different instruments to it, and then it rotates. I used to play with it and pretend it was a pistol.”

2. “This is a mask that was used for anesthesia. It’s quite rare to still have the bubble attached. I think it’s made of something awful, like a dried organ—but not a human organ, of course. I wasn’t allowed to play with this one when I was a kid, because it’s super fragile, but it goes over your mouth and nose.”

3. “This is a little spoon with a hole. I have no idea what it’s for. I have a few of them, and I love the big handle. When [my brother and I] would play, in our heads, it was a spoon for magic potions.”

4. “This is a knee hammer, for testing reflexes. When we were kids, we’d pretend to have trials, and we’d use this for a judge’s gavel.”

5. “I always thought this one was really scary. It’s a very complex syringe of some sort. It’s made of glass and leather and steel. I never played with this as a kid, because I was so afraid of it, but now I think it’s such a beautiful object.”

Photos: Lauren Fleishman