>> It's just about that time of year when Resort collections start hitting the stores, and the campaigns are starting to pour in. See Arizona Muse swing for Louis Vuitton, Jac Jagaciak go Brigitte Bardot under the guidance of Ellen von Unwerth's lens for Christian Dior, Natasha Poly grope a nude statue for Fendi, and Guinevere van Seenus's creepy turn for Miu Miu — all the Resort 2012 campaigns so far, in the slideshow.
Even her Halloween whiskers couldn't distract from Jessica Alba's perfectly executed boho style. First, she proves she's got the fashion chops to repurpose her Summer dresses, adding a cozy Ella Moss faux fur vest to a black maxi dress. Then she furthers the cool bohemian vibe with a pair of lace-up, clog-heeled boots. But just to prove that she's not a one-note wonder, the style-setter adds in a luxe, ladylike Dior bag to mix it up and cinch the whole look together. After the same effortless style? Just shop our editors' picks!
>>At the end of last month, Sidney Toledano, president and CEO of Dior, said he expected to have news on Dior's new designer "in the next few weeks." Not a day later came reports that talks between Dior and the front runner for the position, Marc Jacobs, had been tough and at a standstill.
Now, however, WWD reports: "Negotiations with Marc Jacobs . . . to become Dior’s next couturier have been progressing, sources said this week. It is understood . . . Phoebe Philo remains the preferred candidate to succeed Jacobs at Vuitton, should the American designer conclude a deal with Dior."
Dior, which has now been without a creative director since March, reported that its revenues were up 17.6 percent in the third quarter — suggesting that the brand is more potent than the famous designer behind it.
>> After recent rumors that LVMH could be interested in buying a stake in Alexander Wang (or that he is being considered for a design role at Christian Dior or Louis Vuitton), what does the designer have to say for himself on the matter? Nothing — he declined to respond — aside from a "nervous giggle," WWD reports.
Emphasizing his pride at growing a company without external financing, he didn't rule out the possibility of a future alliance: “I always take a meeting, and I always want to hear what people have to offer, but at the same time, I’ve been very content with focusing on our own brand. If I was to do something else, I would want to do something that would be completely different from me. Sometimes you don’t get to say all you want to say in your brand. When the right opportunity comes, it will present itself in a way that I’ll be inspired by it. But right now, it’s not like, ‘Oh I’m after that house, I want to do that.’”
Currently, he's focusing on expanding into new categories, like home lifestyle accessories, he said.
Paris Fashion Week just finished last week, but next season's gowns are already hitting the red carpet. If you were curious as to how the bevy of sheer, boudoir-inspired gowns would translate from the runway, look to Michelle Williams for a lovely, slightly more modest take. For the New York premiere of her upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic My Week With Marilyn, Michelle chose the seafoam green chiffon gown from Dior's Spring '12 collection. She added a slip, the belt from the show, and a cocktail ring. Michelle kept her makeup minimal, going for dewy skin. We love the fresh, glowing, elegant look.
>> Kate Moss, who closed the Louis Vuitton show last season while smoking a cigarette, was back on the Spring 2012 Vuitton runway today, again closing out the show. "She asked us to do the show," Marc Jacobs explained in an interview done right afterward. Surely, the brand was none too pleased — apparently more than 2,000 pairs of the fetish boots Moss wore in the Fall 2011 show (which retailed at $2,363) have been sold.
See Jacobs talk about the show in the video below — apparently, since the show revolved around a carousel, there was a carousel horse in the Vuitton office during fittings for all the models to pose on. And Jacobs says something that throws into question whether he really wants to head to Dior: “I could never do this anywhere else, do you know what I mean? Not only the Paris thing, but Vuitton, allows me."
Spring 2012 signaled a return to pretty at Christian Dior. Models sashayed down the runway in chiffon and organza gowns and belted ladylike coats. The palette was classic Dior as well, running the gamut from lipstick red to one of our favorite shades this season: seafoam green. To see all the gorgeous gowns (we know we'll be spotting on the red carpet!) watch our coverage now!
Christian Dior will be announcing a new head designer soon, but in the meantime, John Galliano's former right-hand man Bill Gaytten, who has headed up Dior since Galliano's departure, sent out a polished, ladylike Spring 2012 collection that stayed true to the Dior woman. It was a collection that focused on getting dressed up, with cocktail dresses and gowns of chiffon, organza, and lace, intricately constructed in a perfectly-executed take on the Dior classics. There was no big, new theme; rather the collection was a lovely reminder of the brand's history and stylistic power.
- Trends: ladylike, boudoir, cocoon jackets, evening wear.
- Colors: seafoam green, red, black, white, blush.
- Key Piece: the lace and chiffon boudoir-inspired gowns for the red carpet.
- Accessories: pouch bags, strappy stilettos.
- Who Would Wear It: Ladies of the red carpet who want a truly feminine, classic look. We love the thought of Keira Knightley, Rose Huntington-Whiteley, and Emma Stone in the cocktail dresses.
Bill Gaytten Suggests John Galliano Wants to Return to Fashion; Marc Jacobs Talks with Dior Said Recently at Standstill
>> What does the future hold for John Galliano? Acting Dior and John Galliano studio head Bill Gaytten and frequent Galliano collaborator Stephen Jones say they have both talked to Galliano, and that he is recovering well.
“John knows it’s a long path, and he’s taking it very seriously,” Jones says.When asked about the prospect of Galliano returning to fashion, Gaytten coyly replies: “We’ll see. It’s not over until it’s over. I can’t say any more than that right now.”
As for Galliano's replacement at Dior, an announcement is expected in the next few weeks; WWD reports that while Marc Jacobs is still the frontrunner, talks have been tough and recently at a standstill.