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>> Curious to see what the House of Dior puts out without a creative director at its head? The Fall 2011 Dior couture collection, which debuts in July, is being produced just that way — by the design studio alone — but a peek at what they're capable of came last night. Melanie Laurent debuted the Dior studio's first foray without a head designer — a couture gown inspired by an archival piece — for the Cannes Film Festival opening festivities. See that dress, plus Diane Kruger's slinky Calvin Klein Collection number, Rachel McAdams's peekaboo sheer Marchesa gown, and more from the first two days of Cannes in the slideshow.
>> Summer is all about long vacations, and for some of us, sweet weekend getaways. To better prepare for your trips to The Hamptons, Nantucket, or the San Juan Islands, we rounded up the best travel bags from that will keep your loot organized and looking good. Think bright red nylon Prada totes, a classic custom canvas version from LL Bean, perhaps even a luxurious Yves Saint Laurent duffel. That, and more in the shoppable slideshow.
>> Bar Refaeli, 25, and Leonardo DiCaprio, 36, who had been together five years, have parted ways — a decision reportedly made last week. "It was amicable, they're still friends and they are still talking," a source close to the couple said, noting that no one else was involved in the breakup. "They just grew apart and went their separate ways." The pair began dating in Spring 2006 and split in 2009 for six months, before getting back together the following year. [NY Post, People]
>> Just a week after John Galliano hired a new lawyer, his trial date has been set for June 22, it was determined at a hearing in Paris today. Galliano was not present, and his new lawyer Aurelien Hamelle said that he isn't currently in France, declining to give further details on Galliano's whereabouts or current activities.
Galliano does, however, intend on attending the trial in person, Hamelle said: "As a mark of respect to the court and to the victims, he will definitely be in court in June. He knows what he said was not right. And he regrets the remarks he made. But we should remember he was sick and in a bad place. He was so drunk he cannot really remember what he said. And he is still undergoing treatment now."
The trial, which is expected to last a day, will determine if Galliano is guilty of verbally abusing three plaintiffs — Geraldine Bloch, Philippe Virgitti, and Fathia Oumeddour — on two separate occasions with anti-Semitic and racist slurs. If found guilty, Galliano could face up to six months of prison and a fine of 22,500 euros ($31,271). However, Nathalie Micault, Oumeddour's lawyer, predicted that even if Galliano was convicted, the court would be very unlikely to put the designer in prison.
>> As the weather gets warmer, look towards bold pieces to make a Summer statement: a cool slip dress — complete with neon trimmings — from Proenza Schouler, graphic woven pumps from Prada, chic sunglasses from The Row, an eye-catching maillot, and bright pink lipstick to top it all off and keep your wardrobe sizzling. View five perfect options, and read why you need them.
>> Rachel Zoe launched her signature contemporary line in early January — from which she reportedly stands to make up to $20 million from — and it seems like she's already well on her way: the debut collection was well-received by retailers. Now, she's back with a second collection — for Resort 2012, which she finished back in February before her son Skyler was born — that continues in her '70s-leaning strain, with pantsuits, high-slitted silk maxi skirts and organza party dresses.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli On Why They Don't Design "Editorial" Clothes for Valentino
>> Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri admit that designing for Valentino in tandem "isn’t easy," but they do agree on the general goal for the brand: "I have to say, with this [most recent Valentino] collection, the idea from the very beginning was not to do 'editorial' things just for the sake of it. Because in recent years, the image of fashion has prevailed over traditional fashion, meaning sartorial detailing and workmanship. But fashion designing means creating something using a special technique that might not emerge in a photo, but when you look at it up close, you see that it’s stylish. That’s a cultural problem. Clearly we live in a time where image is more important than content." Piccioli adds: "It’s as if fashion looks at the women who wear it as less valid. Well, if I want to do something artistic, then I’ll make an art installation." [Interview]
>> Kate Moss's nude cover for Vogue Brazil's 36th anniversary May 2011 issue made the rounds a couple of weeks ago, but now the rest of her steamy, almost-60-page-strong spread for the magazine, shot by Mario Testino, has also surfaced. A few highlights, in the gallery.
>> Carine Roitfeld left Vogue Paris at the end of January, but she hasn't stayed away from glossies for long: She's working on what is reportedly a cover story and fashion spread for V magazine's September 2011 issue. Roitfeld styled V's very first cover featuring Jude Law back in 1999, and Stephen Gan confirmed last Thursday that she recently asked if she could come back to work for the magazine: “My stage is always open to her and she can perform anytime she wants to on it. She wants it to be a surprise, but it’s for the September issue. We leave for Europe tomorrow, and we will work with Mario Testino. That’s all I can say.” Roitfeld is rumored to have collaborated with the magazine on several issues, including a project with Karl Lagerfeld. [WWD, NY Post]