Archive for John Galliano
First of all: Carolin – Happy, happy Birthday again and for a final time, since your special day seems to be over so quickly but it was a sparkling party and I believe everyone showed you how much we appreciate and admire you. Cheers to you my beautiful C – I hope you have a wonderful Birthday night. Thank you so much for the invitation!
Since I have attended a perfectly spontaneous Birthday Dinner by one of my most beloved and nicest friends C I think it to be a great opportunity to write another piece about style. It is not just because C has such an easy going but graceful way of dressing but her friends seem to have so too… so today I got to meet not just some of the nicest people I have ever met but some of the most stylish ones Vienna actually accommodates. Not just her girlfriends showed a great amount of unique and personal style but also her boyfriends (including her loved one) have an instant way of applying style and of not just appearing easy going but especially stylish to my critical eye.
So I wondered on my way home – what do these young people have that a lot of others do not? What makes one be stylish in advance of not just being some lame old fashionista? And, since I am writing for the official blog of Wienerin, Miss, and Diva in order to pick Miss Style 2011 I find it rather helpful for those girls who want to participate in such a competition that actually marks everyday of my life I further ask myself – what helps you to develop your own style?
Developing your own style, and this is actually a very crucial part of such a process, means getting to know yourself better. Not just a little part of your soul and your inner motivations of life but a part where you are naked to yourself in every physical and psychological and mental kind of way. No person in this world can develop their own sense for fashion, dressing and style if they do not know a single bit about who they really are inside as well as on the obvious but fairly recognized outside.
Style has to be a piece of your soul in order to applied the right way and therefore you must know your soul before defining various and special pieces of it.
Make yourself aware of what is going out there… everywhere around you. In your inner circle of family and friends. In your closer environment and of course in extended environment too. Make yourself aware of the many beautiful things life has to provide for you and of course also the many heartaches and mistakes you can make in life because nothing makes you grow stronger and your heart profounder that experience. Only with the right dose of experience your personal style can grow and develop itself further and make yourself more confident in who you are and above all in who you want to present to the world around you.
Style is the medium of transporting instant messages of who you really are and above all of how you see the world and everything that is going on currently – whether you are interested in certain happenings or not. Be aware of the fact that fashion is the only language that works global in a kind of way no other language can because it is the only language every country, every nation, every community of people speaks without the necessity of translating it directly into different branches of language.
Trends are not there to be worn to death but to inspire you. Fashionistas do not have their own sense of style (they usually just pretend to have it) – they just take whatever a John Galliano, a Marc Jacobs, a Christopher Bailey or a Frida Giannini provides them with, but those who have style take a trend and split them into its basic fragments to pick those important and necessary items that add up to showing who u are and to underlining what you represent when you wear a certain outfit. Just as before – the translation of a certain trend adds up to the whole message and gives it either a different unexpected twist; a new way of looking at a certain style or underlines the already existing giving it a deeper and more profound structure.
Fashion Fades. Style is eternal. Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel’s words still lie deep in our memories, thoughts and inspirations for she was absolutely right there. Fashion is something that changes… not just every seasons when designers throw pieces on the runway as if there was no tomorrow, but with moods, feelings, thoughts, happenings and certain occasions fashion fades and develops further, gets reinterpreted or misinterpreted. But style on the other hand is something that never changes, but develops; that never fades but defines and underlines who we are; that never goes out of season but evolves with changes… something that remains the same but does not at the same time because though we know who we are, when we have style, we also know that we never revolve around just one point of life but develop our personalities, our views, ankles and perspectives throughout every phase in our life that changes, remains or delocalizes.
That is it. For now. Since style is something so crucial in life in order to make your point of you and your personality as clear as a glass window should be there are more lectures than one to understand its complex way of working but if you apply these for your own goods there will be much more coming up. From me to you – a gift, but also a hope that one day everyone will care about the way they look and appear to others. Even though this may just be a big fantastic dream of mine.
Have a wonderful night.
Spotted: R and J in a shop in 22nd district – will there be a reunion of two lost friends or will the battle rise one last time?! R still fitting his outfit for the Vienna Awards, which will take place on Monday 14th – does a little colour make sense in times like these?! What do you do when you are about to meet some enemies at an event like that?! Smile (knowing you are so much better and stronger and wiser and above all damn hot gorgeous!) and just walking straight ahead with a rocking attitude! Adi Weiss again publishing a statement that will have to put him down – and if nothing is going to do something about it then I sure will – no one insults Alexander McQueen after all he has given to the fashion industry! Got it you-who-has-absolutely-no-clue-about-fashion-AT-ALL?!!!
The biggest and coolest news of the day is for sure monsieur John Galliano’s replacement at Dior’s Maison de la Mode fantastique – Riccardo Tisci. Former Creative Director of Givenchy will join the world of Haute Couture in the name of beloved Christian Dior. I am so looking forward to the next collection. Unfortunately beautiful Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman immediately canceled the contract with Dior and their Miss Dior Cherrie Campaign after the ousting of Mr. JG – but I can totally understand that and have to say that it is good to know that some people out there still have some moral concepts.
Natalie Portman’s statement after she heard the Galliano News:
“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”
For now, have a beautiful Sunday and enjoy the sun at least a little bit.
P.S. Japan – God save you all. In thoughts we are with you…in minds we can feel you…in hearts we will always be there for you.
What I really love is to take an evening to scan through all of my epic and nostalgic issues of Vogue that are perfectly arranged in appearance date and language. Somehow I thought back on the wonderful Jessica Stam campaign I have posted a week ago and thought about posting on of the most beautiful and in my mind – Haute Couture historically important shootings that I found again in a 2009 issue of British/UK Vogue featuring an immaculate editorial with leading parts of Natalia Vodianova and the most perfect Haute Couture dresses of a season. Well – right now of a quite passed season but hey damn it – it is Haute Couture and that never goes out of style!
When you look at the pictures it is one of those feelings that come up that make up realize why you love fashion. It is pure femininity, purity, sophistication, elegance and absolute decadency: Natalia Vodianova in State of Grace.
Photography by Mario Testino
Model: Natalia Vodianova
Fashion editor: Lucinda Chambers
Hair: Sam McKnight
Make-up: Val Garland
Nails: Lorraine Griffin
Set design: Michael Howells
Location: MC Motors courtesy of Airspaces.co.uk
Digital artwork: R&D
LET THEM EAT CAKE: GALLIANO GATHERS SUGAR RUSH OF PINK ORGANZA AND FLORALS FIT FOR VERSAILLES
Silk bustier dress with printed silk underdress, Dior Haute Couture, Paris. Bra, £27.50, What Katie Did. Silk and lace knickers, £280, Rosamosario, at A La Mode. Tights £8, Falke. Crystal and pearls drop earrings, £234, Erickson Beamon.
DEFY THE DARKNESS IN CHANEL’S CHARMING FLOWER BODICE
Silk and tulle petal bodice, Chanel Haute Couture, Paris. Headpiece (in hand), Chanel Haute Couture by Kamo for Mod’s Hair. Silk bra, £210. Silk and lace knickers, £280. Both Rosamosario at A La Mode. Tights, £8, Falke. Diamond Earrings, £14.375, Diamonds by Erickson Beamon.
VERSACE’S CONSTELLATION OF CRYSTALS BECOMES A MODERN MASTERPIECE WITH A BOLD BLACK BRASSIERE
Boned silk-tulle and georgette evening dress embroidered with crystals, Atelier Versace, Milan. Silk bra, £210, Rosamosario at A La Mode. Rhinestone and chain tassel earrings, from £165, Winifredgrace.com.
LA VIE EN ROSE: SET OFF ELIE SAAB’S ROSE-STREWN GOWN WITH ORNATE JEWELS, NYLONS AND CURVE-HUGGING LINGERIE
Strapless silk-tulle gown hand-embroidered with organza flowers, Elie Saab Couture, Paris. Silk bra £210. Silk and lace knickers, £280. Both Rosamosario at A La Mode. Tights, £8, Falke. Crystal and pearl earrings, £234. Crystal and pearl bracelet, £570. Both Erickson Beamon. Crystal Necklace, £1.640, Tom Binns at A La Mode and Dover Street Market. Shoes, £480, to order, Bora Aksu.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER’S CORSET DRESS IS RICH WITH HISTORICAL NUANCE, ADORNED WITH CHAINMAIL, PEARLS AND LACE FRINGING
Satin and lace corset dress embroidered with fringe beading, fine chainmail and pearls, Gaultier Paris, Paris. Bra, £27.50, What Katie Did. Silk and lace knickers, £280, Rosamosario, at A La Mode. Tights £8, Falke. Diamond earrings, price on application, Boucheron. Shoes, £480, to order, Bora Aksu.
RHINESTONES TRACE THE COTERIE OF PETALS ON ARMANI PRIVÉ’S DELICATE FLORAL GOWN
Silk-organza evening dress with floral rhinestones embroidery, Armani Privé. Silk bra £210. Silk and lace knickers, £280. Both Rosamosario at A La Mode. Tights, £8, Falke. Diamond earrings, £39.100, Diamonds by Erickson Beamon.
CHRISTIAN LACROIX MASTERFULLY PLAYS WITH LIGHT AND SHADOW. DELIGHT IN HIS GRAPHIC TULLE POUFS AND GIANT, GLITTERING JEWELS
Chiffon tunic dress with black tulle sleeves, worn with jewelled satin belt and earrings, Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, Paris. Bra, £27,50, What Katie Did. Shoes, £480, to order, Bora Aksu.
TREMBLE WITH THE PASSION OF TISCI’S DREAM – A FLUID, BIAS-CUT, FISHTAIL GOWN, ARTFULLY DRAPED AND FASTENED WITH A CRYSTAL BROOCH
Long, draped washed-crêpe and silk-organza dress fastened with crystal and glass brooch, Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Paris. Silk bra £210. Diamond earrings, £39.100, Diamonds by Erickson Beamon.
VALENTINO’S EMBROIDERY NEEDS JUST THE SIMPLEST OF BEAUTY ACCENTS
Long mousseline sheath dress embroidered with silk and crystal threads, Valentino Haute Couture, Paris. Bra, £27,50, What Katie Did. Crystal and pearl earrings, £234, Erickson Beamon.
Every time I see this shooting it reminds me of how beautiful and wonderful handmade, embroidered and exquisit Haute Couture pieces can be and it gives me an inspirational chill that I just wanna sit down and draw the whole night through – and this is what I am going to do for now.
I’ll draw and sketch and make the most beautiful dress…just for you.
Isn’t it funny how some people go from rags to riches and some from riches to never having existet? Well, that is actually just something I have been thinking about while sitting on my bed, enjoying the coole breeze outside my cozy four walls, suffering a bit from fever and writing my bachelor thesis – which should be finished in exactly one week.
Nevertheless, as an official Dior fan I came across the new Resort 2011 Womenswear Collection which has been presented in an exclusive and tremendous fashion metropolis – Shanghai for the first time in Dior history. John Galliano’s creations are some kind of hommage to the Lolita, the Grand Dame and the Dandy, all in one show and one collection, which seems to be quite a lot for one show – if you ask me.
Usually I am quite fond of everything the genius himself creates, but considering this collection I have to say, that I am quite disappointed, because in my point of view all those clothes do not fit together. They do not tell those marvelous stories of visions and colors and love for fashion – right now all I can see are colors without a scheme, designs without a scheme and a collection without an actual concept.
All you could see have been marine stripes meeting candy colors – gamine trenches meeting fedoras teamed with tapering and all in all there still is me feeling that it just did not fit at all. The only thing that took me have been those beautiful Dior Haute Couture dresses.
Well – thinking about the conclusion on this piece here I just have to say, that one shot gone bad is truly acceptable and that my love for all the Dior in this world did not sink in – though I hope and wish that for the next show monsieur Galliano will come up with something better or else the house of Dior should be thinking about a change.
P.S.: Btw – talking about Dior and before about the Lady Dior bag I have to show you a picture of Sex and the City 2 – Charlotte York-Goldenblatt wearing the hot pink version of Lady Dior.
You can watch the Dior Resort Show here: http://www.diorcouture.com/videoplayer/index4.html