Paris 03/11/09. Photos by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images.
Posts for March 11th 2009
>> INSIDER WIRE —Recession schmecession. Cathy Horyn has a list of some of her Fall 2009 Paris favorites, along with their prices — those thigh-high Stella McCartney boots, for instance, will run $1,145-$1,635. As for the opening beaded tops that were paired with draped satin skirts at Balenciaga? The long-sleeve versions will be . . . wait for it . . . $50,000. And they say Balmain is pricey. [On the Runway]
>> John Galliano took his audience to a Winter wonderland — literally, there was no heating, wind swept through the show space, a fog crept over, and snow fell — and it was beautiful. Not everything was perfect, however: the fake snow caused coughing fits in the front row, and photographers revolted beforehand, because they were left waiting outside for hours; but Galliano's take on Ukranian virgin brides, replete with tinkling coins, carved wood lace-up platform heels with pom poms attached, and heavy embroidery, dazzled. By contrast, the eveningwear was light — a standout gray fringe dress — and in lots of cases, almost nonexistent in sheer chiffon; Galliano seems to have a new thing for the bared tush, which appeared a few times here, like it did earlier in the week at Dior. Harvey Weinstein, who was front row, didn't mind: "It was fantastic, theatrical, brilliant."
>> INSIDER WIRE — Gareth Pugh surprised editors and buyers alike last week when they showed up for his runway show and instead got a video presentation with Natasa Vojnovic marching and contorting in the clothes. Dazed Digital scored a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot, and got Pugh to explain his reasoning for the switch: "First and foremost was the fact I had just done this big menswear show in Paris four weeks before the women's show. At a time when everyone is worried about money, I didn't want to come over as being overly brash by doing two big shows." [Dazed Digital]
>> An in-house team has produced the last two Halston collection since Marco Zanini left, but the search is still on for a creative director. Sources say that young London talent Marios Schwab might be the man — he's apparently been in talks with the brand — but Bonnie Takhar, Halston CEO, wouldn't confirm anything. “We have been looking at all options in the market, but we have made no decisions.”
If Schwab were to take the job, would he be required to shutter his eponymous label? Increasingly, brands are looking for devoted creative directors who don't have to split time between labels; in fact, a lot of brands are digging up designers who have never helmed a label before: Vionnet just hired Prada alum Rodolfo Paglialunga, Nina Ricci is supposedly going with Louis Vuitton-trained Peter Copping, Valentino recently promoted accessory designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, and Chloe decided on alum Hannah MacGibbon.