Bright lips are always a favorite for Spring, and the models at John Galliano showed us the only two shades you'll need for Spring 2014. The collection featured pops of neon with sporty silhouettes, which translated to the bold fuchsia and orange lipsticks. The rest of the face was kept pretty bare to make the lips pop. The hair was straightened and slicked back, making it the ideal style to wear with the flashy baseball caps that topped the looks coming down the catwalk. To go with the futuristic collection, the metallic manicures were the perfect finishing touch.
The Hotel Salomon de Rothschild may have been a romantic Old World location, but at John Galliano, it was all about looking into the future. Sporty shapes, including cutout visors, mixed with 3D laser-cut flowers gave the collection a futuristic feel. Evening was a shorter affair than normal for the house, with Bill Gaytten paring it down to a few standout gowns with cutout effects in bold fuchsia, muted navy, and white.
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery — so we imagine John Galliano must have been deeply flattered to see Lady Gaga channeling his signature look while out and about in London. Gaga — who's turned out a range of ensembles in the past two weeks — offered up another transformation in a sharp gray Vivienne Westwood skirtsuit with a wow-factor twist. Mother Monster styled the sophisticated look with a lacy bra and a nod to Galliano, most obviously with a top hat tipped just so atop her seashell-adorned tresses. Clearly, the designer and the pop star share a love of dramatic dressing — but do you think this Lady Gaga fashion moment was inspired by the designer?
While Galliano hasn't joined the house in any official capacity yet, its CEO Alex Bolen said in a statement to WWD that the house is exploring ways to bring Galliano back into the fold.
"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," Bolen said. "To date, we have not found that way."Thursday's news is almost like a replay of last Fashion Week. Just a month before showing his Fall 2013 collection, de la Renta told the press that Galliano — who at that point had been out of work for two years following his dismissal from Dior — would join his studio for three weeks as a designer in residence. In a poll at the time, 85 percent of POPSUGAR Fashion readers said they were ready to forgive the drunken, anti-Semitic rant that got Galliano fired and see him return to design.
And while de la Renta hasn't addressed rumors that Galliano will one day succeed him at the helm of the brand, he's always believed that Galliano should come back to fashion in a larger capacity.
"I strongly feel, regardless of what he did, that everyone in life does deserve a second chance, and I am happy that I was able to give John a second chance," he told Fern Mallis in an interview at 92Y earlier this year. "It would be a shame if the industry was deprived of such a talent."
Enter stage left: John Galliano. The infamous designer may be back on the fashion scene in an unexpected way! Speculation that Stephen Fry has tapped Galliano to create costumes for his upcoming production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest has yet to be confirmed but is definitely gaining momentum.
The director, who is said to still be in the early stages of talks and also considering Roland Mouret and Sarah Burton, is certainly looking for a major impact when the costumes take stage at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane next year.
This wouldn't be the first time theater looked to fashion's showmanship for dressing performers (Galliano already lists stage credits on his résumé), so we're looking back at some of the most spectacular onstage costumes designed by the runway's most theatrical.
In the interview, Galliano discusses everything from the suicide of Lee McQueen, which he said he "understood," to his own struggles with addiction and substance abuse. He also apologized for the anti-Semitic remarks he made in March 2011 that led to his dismissal from Dior, and to his eventual stint in rehab, but maintains that he's grateful for the way these events have unfolded.
"I have been able to spend some time on myself and understand these emotions that I couldn't express," he said. "This was all bottled up, really, and later on in life, in that state that I found myself in, it came up. I was emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally bankrupt. I didn't know it, but I had a very big breakdown."
The revealing interview joins a profile of the designer in next month's issue of Vanity Fair. A look at the interview, here in the gallery.
This interview provides Galliano yet another chance to reintroduce himself to the fashion industry. He was previously in talks with Parsons to be a guest professor (which ended up getting canceled due to a student petition), and he took a three-week residency with Oscar de la Renta just before the designer's Fall 2013 show. His relationship with de la Renta appears to be what brought about this latest opportunity.
"Charlie Rose has a very close relationship with Oscar," Liz Rosenberg, Galliano's publicist, said. "Oscar had been talking to John about the possibility of doing an interview with Charlie."
Are we about to see Galliano's relationship with Oscar de la Renta develop even more? It's something we can only hope Charlie Rose will address in his interview with the designer.
In his first interview since his 2011 dismissal from Dior — which also happens to be his first-ever sober interview, too — John Galliano spoke with Vanity Fair about the addiction that consumed him, the anti-Semitic remarks he made in a Paris cafe, and the road to recovery in the two years since his firing. The exclusive interview, which also pulls from a range of sources, including Galliano's friends Kate Moss and Oscar de la Renta, as well as members of the Jewish community, will be available in full in the July 2013 issue, but until then, a few highlights below.
On his anti-Semitic outburst: "It's the worst thing I have said in my life, but I didn't mean it. . . . I have been trying to find out why that anger was directed at this race. I now realize I was so f*cking angry and so discontent with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could."
On his excessive drinking and drug use: "I was going to end up in a mental asylum or six feet under."
On his first phone call in rehab: [Galliano called Bill Gaytten, who stepped in as creative director of the John Galliano label.] "Bill said, 'Do you realize what you've f*cking done?' and I said 'Kind of.' But I still didn't. I couldn't say yes. I just couldn't. And those were the last words we shared. That's someone I've known for 30 years. Even now I'm still learning every day how many people I hurt."
On the last two years: "It sounds a bit bizarre, but I am so grateful for what did happen. I have learned so much about myself. I have rediscovered that little boy who had the hunger to create, which I think I had lost. I am alive."
While she wouldn't address whether the class had been canceled because of a petition against the class purportedly led by students, Parsons spokeswoman Deborah Kirschner told The New York Times's Eric Wilson, "We could not reach consensus with Mr. Galliano on the conditions of this conversation, and the program could not move forward."
Another source said finalizing the content of the class — which was supposed to focus on "provoking the power of emotion in context of fashion practice" — was not what prevented the seminar from going forward. Instead, it's said Galliano and the school never reached an agreement about the size and makeup of the students in the class.
We caught up with Project Runway host Heidi Klum at an event in LA recently, and the model-mom gave us the scoop on all things style. From her favorite red-carpet looks to what it was like to collaborate with John Galliano at the 2008 Oscars to how she unwinds at home, Heidi didn't spare any detail. And are you're wondering about her beauty routine? Click here now.
POPSUGAR: What's your most memorable red-carpet fashion moment?
Heidi Klum: Definitely John Galliano [for Christian Dior] made a beautiful red dress for the Oscars — it was made for me. So much fabric in the way he draped it around the shoulders. It was stunning how he made this dress. I really felt like Cinderella. That was probably one of my favorite dresses. Obviously, I've had many different dresses, but sometimes it's a dream of mine to have this fairy-tale princess moment. And that was my fairy-tale princess moment to wear that gigantic red dress.
PS: What was the process of collaborating with Galliano like?
HK: He drew it, and then he did the sketches, and it was just so big. Armani has made beautiful dresses for me, but they were closer to the body. I do that most of the time. Another one I loved was in Cannes, that Marchesa made — it was very see-through, but on the most important parts, it had embroideries. It was very beautiful.