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.
Anna Wintour said to Grace Coddington: “Isn’t this amazing? A million flowers…” at the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013 show. This was Raf Simons debut collection for Dior Couture yesterday at Paris and the setting had walls completely covered with flowers - blue orchids, white mimosas, roses and more.
The Collection started out with black tailored looks, stiff peplums, wasp waists. Then came gowns with pointed bustlines, balloon skirts, tie-dye, feathers, hand beading. The ever-versatile cigarette pant and a strappy heel look like Fall/Winter staples. The collection had shades of Raf Simons’ Couture Trilogy for Jil Sander mixed well with signature Dior Bar Jacket.
I find it rather hard to believe but Vogue UK is reporting that Alexander Wang is the designer who is considered for the prestigious job at DIOR. The magazine claims that a ‘source close to LVMH’ provided them with this inside news. I find it hard to believe that Alexander Wang is considered for the Dior job because Wang is way too young in the industry and his fashion sensibilities are more inclined towards ‘Streetwear’ than ‘Couture’.
While Vogue UK may insist that insiders say Alexander Wang “is the new name in the frame for the Dior job,” they’re quick to add that “industry experts may scoff at the idea.” But then what happened to other contenders? Marc Jacobs who openly stated during New York Fashion Week that he is game for the JOB did not get it reportedly because he asked for a huge price – as huge as 10 Million Dollars. The other contender – Ricardo Tisci is very content with Givenchy and politely turned down the Dior offer. Vogue UK also reports the LVMH insider stating, “for Dior, it’s a pretty tricky situation, as the three favorites really can’t take the job. Haider Ackermann is said to be ‘way too edgy’ for Dior“.
So the mystery on who will replace the maverick John Galliano continues and if the latest report from Vogue UK on Alexander Wang grabbing the coveted Dior job is to be believed then it really comes as a big surprise. But I will wait till Dior makes the Official Announcement!
However fashionscandal.com always manages to get to you these hush-hush news!
Have you heard of Couture Condoms, Couture Drugs, Couture Donuts or Couture Coke (the drinking one, not the snorting one)??? Well they do exist.
COUTURE DRUGS: These drug-chic Achraf Amiri ‘Fashion Victim’ images depict several different narcotics adorned with high-end couture logos and motifs. Who knew that a Burberry syringe could look so classy? The pictures themselves in this Achraf Amiri ‘Fashion Victim’ series are perfectly executed to seamlessly integrate iconic fashion prints, but I think the most stunning thing about these thought-provoking images is their powerful message. Is the user addicted to fashion like a drug, or is she a slave to consumerism and materialism?
COUTURE CONDOMS: A condom just isn’t the same without a little bit of Louis Vuitton or Gucci inscribed onto the smooth latex surface. Granted, it’s a lot more expensive than traditional Trojans, but this is the ultimate way to gain attention in the bedroom. These couture condoms demonstrate how fashion moguls are pushing their way into all facets of their consumers’ lives. The Louis Vuitton condom is covered with the brand’s traditional logo and for $68 you can buy these prophylactics and impress your lover. Just imagine taking your hot date out to dinner in that Marc Jacobs suit only to follow it up by a side dish of couture condoms at the end of the night. This may make loving slightly pricey, but at least you’ll look good while doing it.
COUTURE COKE BOTTLES: Manolo Blahnik used to design Coke Bottles before embarking on designing shoes, thanks to Diana Vreeland’s suggestion. This is the second time that Manolo Blahnik has been asked to outfit the most popular bottle on earth, that of a Coke. Back in 2005, the charismatic Spanish designer produced a white and red leafy design for Coca-Cola Light, reportedly inspired by thinking of what makes him smile. The new Blahnik design is equally joyful and bright as the last one, with its white background and patterned with numerous stylish Manolos, catering nicely to the shoe fetish. Following his daring footsteps, Roberto Cavalli, Karl Lagerfeld and Nattalie Rykiel produced their own striking versions of the fizzy bottle, raising the stakes on designer bottles.