Paris Fall 2011 Couture Week is still rolling along with a few shows yesterday by the big dogs. Chanel, Armani Prive, and Givenchy showed yesterday, and as you can imagine, they were out of sight. Chanel is usually hit or miss for me. There is only so much you can do with the Chanel aesthetic, but Karl Lagerfeld managed to make cool starry night, cosmos themed couture with light shoes too. Armani Prive was just ok to me. There were some definite knockout pieces, but the prints were a little much for me. I love Asian inspired clothing, I just didn’t like how it was done here. Givenchy Couture was the best of the day. I think all future brides should look towards this mostly white collection for inspiration. Riccardo Tisci is a genius when it comes to bead work. I don’t know how he does it. Thoughts? What was your favorite piece or collection so far? Photos from Style.com.
After being fired from Dior, John Galliano has apologized for his actions by releasing a statement saying, “Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offence.”
According to WWD:
In the statement, Galliano made no mention of the video, but said he takes responsibility for the “circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light. I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people’s understanding and compassion. To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people’s forgiveness.
Read the rest of the post at WWD.
I am happy that he finally decided to apologize. I just wish he had done this sooner. I am also happy that Galliano is “seeking help.” There have been rumors of his alcoholism for a while now, and since yesterday, there has been a rumor going around that he has checked himself into the Meadows rehab facility in Arizona at the urging of friends. Hopefully he will see the error of his ways, and actually understand the gravity of his mistake.
I will say this. I am very upset that Franca Sozzani, Georgio Armani, Chanel Iman,Patricia Field and others have come to his defense. They should have condemned him. When my friends do something wrong, I let them know. I don’t sugar coat anything, and I expect them to do the same with me. That is what being a real friend truly is. I am sick and tired of the fashion industry sticking up for people who do stupid things just because they are are good at making clothes or shooting pictures or editing magazines. If you are wrong, you are wrong. The people of the fashion industry need to learn to take accountability for their actions.
UPDATED: Galliano will stand trial
From The Telegraph:
The Paris Prosecutors Office has issued a statement saying it has decided to put John Galliano on trial following a police investigation. The proceedings could take place in the second quarter of this year, and Galliano could face up to six months in prison, and up to €22,500 in fines, if convicted.
While Paris Fashion Week is starting with arrested designers, here are a few of the collections from Milan Fashion Week that I thought were worth mentioning.
Moschino Cheap & Chic was one of my favorite collections. I loved the oversized plaids, warm looking fur, and short skirts. This is a collection that I could actually see myself wearing.
Dolce & Gabbana was a little hit or miss with me. I didn’t like the whole Teddy Boy mixed with starry print dress look. I loved the dresses, and actually like the Teddy Boy look, but not when they are together.
People have been claiming that couture is dead because couture clients have been dwindling down and most rich people just buy ready to wear clothes that look like couture. I think this season is showing that couture is alive and kicking. The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture has even added some new members in recent years. Couture will be here for awhile.