The Marilyn Manson pic was leaked a couple days ago, but now we get to see the rest of the new campaign. The series of ads—shot by Saint Laurent’s Creative Director, Hedi Slimane—feature rock stars. They’re nice photographs, but they’re nothing revolutionary in and of themselves. What makes them interesting is the context. Courtney Love for a luxury house? Marilyn Manson shilling ready-to-wear? Hedi Slimane is redefining the house, and it’s brilliant. Kim Gordon is the opposite of Marion Cotillard for Raf Simons’ new ladylike Dior. And I couldn’t be happier about that. The ads are dark and aggressive, if not a little ‘fuck you’. It’s grungy-goth, which is a little 90s. They also feel a bit like a Rolling Stone editorial from the 90s, but who cares? The 90s are pretty hot right now, no?
I also like that the musicians are really just themselves in the images. They’re all dressed in YSL, but are still totally themselves. Marilyn Manson isn’t suddenly the dapper gentleman. It’s like Hedi Slimane is gathering up all the people who’ve inspired him. And in doing so, he’s created something that’s actually quite inspiring. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the house builds on itself over the next couple seasons.
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And thank god. I’ve certainly made it no secret that I have not been pleased with Raf’s initial collections for Dior since taking it over nearly a year ago. Mainly because I love him and I didn’t see too much of him coming through. It was all Dior and more specifically, Christian Dior. Like, from the 50s. Snore. I’m not really interested in retro pretty. Or, at least, the pretty has to be balanced with some edge.
Raf definitely has the edge, so why not bring that into the pretty at Dior? As we’ve seen from his eponymous line as well as the work he did over at Jil Sander, he loves bold, bright color, assymetrical cuts and art prints.
Well, here we go. Dior Fall 2013 RTW has all three! it’s really all I ever wanted! A little Dior mixed in with Raf, not the other way around. I love all the Warhol prints used in the collection. And the shoes. Check out the shoes! Now, I don’t know if you can actually walk in them, but that’s not my problem.
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Can I give Oscar de la Renta a kiss? This is brilliant news. The legendary designer has opened his heart and doors to John Galliano!
He’s invited John to come and work in his design studio over the next three weeks. J’adore.
Oscar tells WWD, “John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent. He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.”
I’ve made it no secret that I thought Dior, the press, and many in the public have been too harsh on Galliano. He made
TRAILER FOR HBO’S ‘GIRLS’ SEASON TWO MAKES ITS DEBUT
For some reason it seems like I’ve been watching ‘Girls’ for years and they’re just now coming out with the season two trailer. Of course, the show only started like 6 months ago, but who cares, I’m impatient. Besides, I first saw ‘Tiny Furniture’ two years ago so it feels like ‘Girls’ started way back then (first-world problems). I think I was still employed. I would shop at Dior and everything!
Well, those days are long gone, but Miss Lena is not. Nor is Adam Driver. Thankfully.
In Season Two it looks like Lena Dunham’s character has grown (a bit) and is (finally) demanding (some) respect from Adam Driver’s character. But blah, blah, blah—who cares? It still looks funny and that’s all I really care about. That and the fact that I can no longer afford Dior. No THAT’S a problem!
‘How Dior Offered Raf Simons The Job’. Styleite
A ‘titillating’ new clip from ‘Hitchcock’. Pink Is The New Blog
Obama is screening ‘Lincoln’ in the White House with cast and crew. The Wrap
Grace Coddington’s memoir reviewed. Entertainment Weekly
If a company can’t make money selling cakes to fat America, what hope is there? HuffPost
Rufus Wainwright and his husband are in Gap’s Holiday ads. Ad Age
From ‘A Trip To The Moon’ to ‘Hugo’, film may not be forever. THR
Cool ‘Bloomberg Businessweek’ cover. Honey Succulents
The best pumpkin pie recipes. Epicurious
The Louvre is partnering with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. NY Times
Hmm…I wish I could start out with a word other than underwhelmed, but that’s basically the biggest take-away for me here. When Raf Simons’ debuted his Couture collection for Dior I was surprised and a little saddened. Not because I felt it didn’t live up to the drama of his predecessor (even though it didn’t), but mostly because there was nothing really new there. No big direction and perhaps even more importantly, it didn’t feel very Raf to me. It felt very Christian, but how long has he been dead now?
Well, don’t worry. Hedi Slimane isn’t even going that far back. He’s comfortable with