>> INSIDER WIRE —For all the designer upheaval that is continually happening elsewhere, there is one designer that won't be going anywhere anytime soon. John Galliano has just inked a "long-term extension" of his contract at Dior, with only one new change — Dior will be integrating Galliano's eponymous brand, with emphasis on a close partnership. [WWD]
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>> Gareth Pugh proved he was worthy of Paris on Saturday, with both showpiece and showroom piece on display during his first major stage entree. Inspired by Hamlet's Ophelia, with Elizabethan collar and a little Storm Trooper mixed in, Pugh is earning comparisons as a new-age Claude Montana or Thierry Mugler. But most importantly, he was well-received into the top tier; As Suzy Menkes put it, "Pugh is zooming toward his own fashion future." Now don't forget to check out those newly-commercialized shoes of his . . .
>> INSIDER WIRE — Is Katie Grand moving away from POP and toward Conde Nast? So say the unfounded rumors, which place POP's founding editor leaving her project in the dust — the editor she supposedly offered it to turned the job down — to start up a new magazine for Conde. [Fashionista]
New York, London, Milan and now Paris are showing a strong, perhaps even overwhelming trend towards sheer and lingerie looks for day wear; but just because spring deliveries aren't till February doesn't mean clever retailers haven't stocked a few looks for sale now.
Who needs Grecian dresses when you can have an entire column, or so the logic of the hair dresses at Christian Dior Spring 2009 must have gone when crafting their towering crimped creations. Classical references aside the silhouette reminds a little too much of Alien.
>> Martin Margiela may rarely speak out, but over the weekend, plenty of people were doing some talking for him. As the designer prepares for his twentieth anniversary Maison Martin Margiela show this evening, rumors are swirling that he is about to exit fashion entirely.
Over the last year, Margiela has told colleagues that he wants to stop designing and is looking for a successor, and two designers have admitted to be in talks with Renzo Rosso, who owns Maison Martin Margiela. One of those designers may be Raf Simons, who earlier this year discussed the possibility of replacing Margiela before ultimately deciding to stay at Jil Sander.
Although some of Margiela's colleagues disagree, Renzo Rosso said last week that "for a long time [Margiela] has a strong team and does not work on the collection, just on special projects," which if true, leaves the potential new designer with an open door.
>> Talk about turnaround. Just over two weeks ago, Abigail Lorick was showing her Spring 2009 collection to buyers and editors, and tonight, she shows it to the rest of the TV-watching world. Ten looks from the collection will be featured on "Eleanor Waldorf's runway" during Gossip Girl tonight, with guest star Michael Kors sitting front row and center.
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Severely sexy and more than a little brassy, Decarin's Balmain is no dusty old Parisian house and his renovations are sure to catch the eyes of hungry starlets looking to get attention. Puffy ballerina minidresses, sequins, acid washed ripped tight jeans, diaphanous leg bearing gowns, and just a little bit of lacy bondage made for a very eye-catching collection.