As reported on our forums earlier this month, John Galliano is set to make a comeback and take over creative direction of Maison Martin Margiela. Therefore, we thought it was only fitting to reflect back on his past work, including his brilliant collaboration with Vogue Paris, for this week’s Fashion Flashback.
Carine Roitfeld tapped Galliano to guest-edit the December 2006/January 2007 issue of French Vogue, back when the British designer held the reins at Christian Dior. The magazine produced two covers for the issue, both of which have become highly collectable. Photographed by Nick Knight, Drew Barrymore stars on both covers (wearing Dior, natch) with Galliano’s shadow making for an interesting illusion on the two cover images.
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Designers are often very private, so it is a delight to leaf through this particular issue and see some personal tidbits about Galliano. From the editor’s letter, you can truly see on each and every page that he put his heart and soul into the making of the issue, contributing to just about everything. Galliano added personal pictures for numerous features, plus showcased his collages, sketches and inspiration boards from his work at Dior, which is a real treat.
Aside from Galliano’s presence, the fashion content is just as engaging. Sasha Pivovarova was shot by Peter Lindbergh, playing the role of designer on location at Dior’s headquarters in Paris. The 314-page issue isn’t all focused on Galliano, however. Hilary Rhoda was photographed by Mark Segal and styled by Carine Roitfeld for a fascinating story captured in black and white. Terry Richardson also contributed with model Coco Rocha, who plays with lit candles, spits milk out of her mouth and puts a bowl full of flour on her face — making for a very interesting and page-turning set of pictures.
Check out the thread to familiarize yourself with both covers and reflect back on the good ol’ days here.
Take a good look at Elle MacPherson, because that is the face and body of a woman who turned 50 years old this year. The model and underwear entrepreneur covers Ocean Drive‘s November issue, looking simply magnificent in a white dress with the light shining behind her.
What’s her secret for aging so spectacularly? Elle claims it’s a trophy for all the hard work she’s done on her body for the past ten years. “‘Beauty at every age’ is such a boring cliché, but beauty is not just reserved for youth,” MacPherson told the magazine. “There’s a big movement that supports that. I didn’t feel any kind of milestone pressure turning 50 at all, perhaps because I’ve been preparing for this stage of my life for a long time. In my 40s, I started to focus on health and wellness; I stopped drinking and taking any drugs—even aspirin—and I began really cleaning out my system. By the time I hit 50, I didn’t feel any sort of plateau physically, and it didn’t feel like a shock emotionally either. It wasn’t like, Oh my gosh, I’d better get myself together before I turn 50; it was more like I was reborn.”
See, folks? All it takes to look this good is a bit of exercise and giving up booze.
Girls Who Code is a nonprofit which aims to “inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.” Founder Reshma Saujani is one of the most stylish ladies we know of in politics and tech, and Coco’s no stranger to activism. So who says that style and substance can’t coexist? We think a pair of Coco’s heels would inspire as much confidence in the boardroom as on the runway.
Emma Watson covers ELLE U.K.‘s feminism issue, an appropriate poster girl since the entire fashion world has been gushing over her speech about equality at the U.N. Summit last month, which the actress says was no easy feat. “I was very nervous,” she told the mag. “It wasn’t an easy thing for me to do. It felt like: ‘Am I going to have lunch with these people, or am I going to be eaten? Am I the lunch?'”
The 24-year-old was shot, styled and primped by a team made up exclusively of women for this feature. The result: A Stella McCartney clad Emma serving a cool stare, her face gently framed by beachy waves. It’s all extremely appropriate and well-done. The styling in the accompanying spread is practical, yet stylish and sexy — the way many women actually want to dress their bodies.
One particular point the star stresses is that while she considers herself a feminist, she isn’t here to try to convert anyone to her personal views. “Feminism is not here to dictate to you. It’s not prescriptive, it’s not dogmatic. All we are here to do is give you a choice. If you want to run for President, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too,” she said.
Topshop is the latest retailer whose store mannequins are causing an uproar amongst customers. The British fast fashion peddler was called out by a shopper for impossibly skinny mannequins displayed in-store. Becky Hopper, who was shopping with her friend at a Topshop location at St. Stephen’s Shopping Center in Hull, England, noticed that the mannequins had extremely skinny legs – legs that were, in fact, significantly smaller than her friend’s, whom she photographed next to the display in comparison. Hopper’s friend is a size 8/10 in UK sizes, which here in America is a 4/6 – already on the slender side. The photo she took went viral and has many asking Topshop for answers.
Following the overwhelming response to the picture, Hopper took to her blog to offer the details on her experience. “We walked into the shop and were in absolute shock at what faced us,” she writes. “The mannequins were thinner than any human being I have seen in my life.” Hopper says that while she realizes eating disorders aren’t exclusively caused by skinny mannequins, she argues that it is these sorts of representations of women’s bodies that continue to exacerbate the problem. “This is yet another portrayal of a very thin female body, which has been forced down the throats of society for decades. This clearly won’t help girls be comfortable with the skin they’re in.”
Is this the worst week ever to be a fashion editor? Following yesterday’s news of layoffs at InStyle, Teen Vogue and André Leon Talley’s exit at Zappos Couture, The Telegraph is the latest major fashion publication to cut its staff. According to The Business of Fashion, the paper is getting rid of several members of its staff, and the fashion department is feeling the brunt of the layoffs. Fashion director Daniela Agnelli has been given the pink slip along with deputy fashion editor Luke Leitch, as well as Charlie Harrington and Frankie Graddon, Stella magazine’s fashion director and junior fashion editor respectively.
This has been a dark week for a lot of fashion editors, but also a signal that there are about to be a lot of changes at these publications. InStyle noted that its layoffs were done in order to make room for newly-created positions, which would include personnel that would help marry the digital and print aspects of the magazine. While we’re not sure about the reasons behind Teen Vogue and The Telegraph‘s layoffs, it seems as if these more established publications are looking to update style-wise in order to keep up with a younger generation of bloggers and editors.