Karl Lagerfeld, the czar of fashion and Silvia Fendi hosted an uber chic bash to celebrate the launch of the flagship store of Fendi in New York. The occasion also celebrated the 3Baguette Project. The maison collaborated with 5 iconic New York women, Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jourdan Dunn, Rachel Feinstein and Leandra Medine to design their versions of the 3Baguette, an evolution of the iconic Baguette.
The crowd consisted of VIPs of the fashion and glamour world like Elisabetta Beccari, Antonio Belloni, Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, Anna Wintour, Kendall Jenner, Mohammed Sultan Al Habtoor, Martha Stewart and Delhi’s very own fashion wolf – JP Singh, the only Indian invited. He is seen chatting up Rihanna at the bash. So has JP shifted his loyalty from Louis Vuitton to Fendi? He held the enviable position of LV’s biggest Indian buyer for years…
The High-Street labels are notorious for copying styles from the collections of top global fashion designers and yet nothing has been done to stop this practice. Forever 21 is one such label that has dozen of legal cases but that hasn’t deterred the Korean sisters who own this brand. High-Street labels in fact copy styles of top designers showcased at the fashion shows and use their large factories to churn out copied styles and flood the market.
One such blatant copying act was recently indulged in by Urban Outfitters. In 1988 Christian Lacroix, designed a black jacket encrusted with a bejeweled Byzantine cross.and Vogue commissioned Peter Lindbergh to shoot it for the cover. Incidentally this was Anna Wintour’s debut issue as the Editrix of Vogue, America.
Now 26 years later Urban Outfitter simply copied it and used it for their “Beach Riot Delano” swimsuit.. I detest such disgraceful act on Urban Outfitters part!
Designer Giorgio Armani had his Ready-To-Wear Show on Monday, the last day of the Milan Fashion Week and post that hosted a press conference where he lashed out at Vogue Editrix, Anna Wintour, Miuccia Prada and Dolce and Gabbana.
Womens Wear Daily (WWD) reported this:
Giorgio Armani had this to say on Anna Wintour, who did not attend the show: “There are some who prefer to snub the Giorgio Armani show and go to Paris. Why should I always be the moron to be penalized because of a person, who, for better or for worse, like or dislike it, is powerful? I feel penalized. She said she was sending her people. But if you go to see your dentist and he puts you in the hands of his assistant, what’s your reaction? They told me ‘She went to see the Privé in Paris; she has no time to see the ready-to-wear in Milan.’ She is influential and powerful. But, perhaps, I’m influential as well.”
Armani vented out on Prada by saying, “It’s very easy to do a V-neck dress with a bold print. It’s more difficult to make a suit or a jacket look new. It’s easier to freewheel.”
Giorgio Armani trivialised Dolce & Gabbana’s Enchanted Forest show by saying, “I wanted to bring an owl with me this morning. I think that the exaltation of the idea that designers can be just completely free to express their fantasy is really dangerous. I’m very happy that others do what they do. I respect my colleagues. I’m happy with what I do, but I feel like a black swan in doing clothes with a function and with an attention to the commercial aspect.”
Wintour’s camp responded with the dental-assistant equivalent of an apology: “Anna has the greatest respect for Giorgio Armani and everything he has done for Italy and fashion worldwide,” a rep for Vogue told WWD. “Unfortunately, with the fashion calendar now running for more than a month, there are some shows that Anna is not able to attend.”
Media is abuzz with news of John Galliano’s return to fashion. Womenswear Daily (WWD) reported that Oscar de la Renta has invited the disgraced designer to “spend some time with him in his studio over the next three weeks to the run-up of to the New York Fashion Week.” It is believed that Anna Wintour had a hand in brokering this highly unorthodox “in residence” agreement. However Oscar made it clear this was in no way a succession plan. “Am I retiring? Is John going to replace me?” de la Renta posed, unsolicited. “Certainly not. I hope to be around for a long time.”
However what grabbed my eyes was the attire Galliano posed in. He has draped a cotton sari with ornate border over his boxers and paired it with a shirt and a jacket. Not clear what he has done with the palla. Seems like he has wrapped it around the sling of his satchel bag. And yes, don’t miss out on the anklet on his right foot!
Yet another blow to Galliano. John Galliano, decorated as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at the Élysée Palace in 2010, has been stripped of the merit award. On Jun 23, 2010, John Galliano was awarded one of France’s highest honors: he was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. And just over two years later, he’s been stripped of his award.
Following Galliano’s conviction last year for making racist and anti-Semitic slurs, President Francois Hollande, who serves as the grand master of the Order, revoked the decoration. Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicole Farhi and Sonia Rykiel are all recipients of the prestigious award and Anna Wintour was the most recent fashion marquis to receive the Legion of Honor.
What makes the stripping of Legion of Honor award a big news is that it’s a rare occurrence. In fact the infamous Panamanian dictator – Manuel Noreiga still hold on to his Legion of Honor.