In his much-anticipated debut for Maison Margiela, John Galliano presented a captivating, wonderland-like homage to artisanal skills, which suffered from a sense of déjà vu, but proved the designer’s creativity was still in one piece.
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PARIS, France — John Galliano will join Maison Martin Margiela as creative director, the brand’s owner, Renzo Rosso’s Only The Brave (OTB) group, has officially confirmed. The announcement follows weeks of market speculation that the appointment was imminent. Galliano will oversee the design of all Margiela lines, including couture and women’s ready-to-wear. He will debut his first designs for the house during Paris Couture Week in January. “Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul,” said Renzo Rosso, president of OTB, in a statement. “John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time. A unique, exceptional couturier for a Maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion. I look forward to his return to…
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The Savigny Luxury Index has gained good ground in September and is up by 3.7 percent, outperforming the MSCI World Index by over one percentage point, as Asian tourist flows to Western fashion hubs remain strong and the world’s largest luxury conglomerates snap up young designers, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.
In London, two exhibits pay homage to the raw, rebellious and deliriously inventive energy of the British capital’s creative underground, which trickles up to the catwalk like nowhere else.
NEW YORK, United States — Designer Oscar de la Renta threw his support behind fashion bad boy John Galliano on Friday, saying the disgraced designer should be given a second chance after he was fired for his anti-Semitic rants in a Parisian cafe two years ago.