“What was your inspiration for this collection?” A required question that the designers are asked each season. After the Fall’10 Fashion Week, I think they should be asked the same question about the footwear they put onto the models. The shoes, have been getting just as much attention as the clothes being showed on the runways. For some of the designers, the reaction from viewers would be the tilting of the head and a raised eyebrow.
This past week the Parisian designers outdid themselves. I had to wonder what they were thinking and mumbled that notorious question under my breathe. Unfortunately each of the following designers were not available to answer me and my imagination started to run wild!
Chanel–Big Foot. Givenchy–Little Red Riding Hood.
Marni– The Woman that Lived In Her Shoe John Galliano–Ax Men
Jean Paul Gaultier–Arabian Nights. Yves Saint Laurent–Last Of The Mohicans.
Who would put Band-Aids on Kate Moss if she was hurt? Cédric Rivrain is his name, combining beauty and anatomical studies is game. The son of a doctor, this illustrator uses bandages as ornaments, jewelry or as a garments in his sketches.
Rivrain has sketched for John Galliano, Martine Sitbon, work for magazines like Dazed, Tokion, and Numéo. Even though his first solo exhibit in Paris has just finished, I’m quite sure this will not be the last one. Maybe he’ll use gauze next time.
Recession is the word of the season. John Galliano took advantage of the brand he designs for and used Christian Dior’sNew Look for the base of his collection.
Keep in mind we are talking about Galliano, the king of fantasy and exaggeration. So let’s put some ruffles and bouncing hemlines with cross-laced corseted backs and cartridge-paper scrolls standing out on hips. Ohh that’s not all. Delftware embroideries peeking from the underskirts with soft blues and elaborate lace and tulip prints, what do you get?
Christian Dior customers, drooling, dreaming, spending, wearing.