>> "Love is in the Hair" is the name of Delfina Delettrez's new tress-inspired jewelry collection. Whimsical, yes, but that should be no surprise from a designer known for her witty, surrealistic approach. "Love is in the Hair" has Delettrez revisiting some of her favorite themes — anatomy, memory, nature — resulting in a collection of keepsakes which are both amusing and appealing. Fashioned from unusual materials, the collection is filled with what read like tiny works of art; there are hairpins decorated with lips, heart-shaped resin pendants hanging from studded-leather collars, precious metal and stone "DNA" necklaces, and a miniature metallic purse that dangles from a rose gold ring. Click through to see a selection of pieces from the collection, plus the fantastical hair sculptures — inspired by historic women — Delettrez created to present the collection. Available March 2012 at Opening Ceremony.
>> Kenzo has released a teaser video, previewing the direction new creative directors, Opening Ceremony's Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, will be taking the label for their debut collection on Sunday. The new, contemporary-leaning Kenzo looks to be colorful and print-heavy, based on this video directed by illustrator Jo Ratcliffe.
>> Unseasonably warm weather in Paris means those Summer pieces get a little extra wear during Fashion Week. Sheath dresses for Shala Monroque, Taylor Tomasi Hill and Anna Dello Russo; a sleeveless jumpsuit for Anja Rubik; and more than a few white pieces were pulled out on the day two — see all in the slideshow.
>> This morning, show invitations to the debut Kanye West womenswear show tomorrow evening went out, announcing the location as the Lycee Henri-IV, a Paris public school. Atop the invitation are the initials DW, which are assumed to be a reference to West's late mother, Donda West. The rumor mill surrounding the show continues, purporting that Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Prince will be in attendance. [Materialiste, @Fashionista_com]
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.
>> The first full day of Paris Fashion Week shows got off to a lighthearted note backstage — Saskia de Brauw was caught playing air guitar just after walking Rue du Mail, Bette Franke was snapped sniffing Suvi Koponen's necklace pre-Dries van Noten, and a smiling Liu Wen rested herself at the bottom of a spiral staircase behind-the-scenes at Rochas. Those pictures, and more from all three shows, in the gallery.
Photos: Greg Kessler