Gavin Norton

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The Job No One Wanted


As the first looks came down the glossy runway there was a sigh of relief. Bill Gaytten who is acting Creative Director for the house of Dior, has done it right. Unlike the couture show in July, the fashion show was a success as simplicity is the key. Yet again there is no word on who will become John Galliano’s successor, but sources have said we will know in the next few weeks. Does this mean the Dior directors have selected they’re future Creative Director from the pick ‘n’ mix of designers? We have guessed them all, Marc Jacobs, Sarah Burton, Tom Ford, Riccardo Tisci, Azzedine Alaia, but all the possibilities have been denied. Who could it possibly be? My final guestimate…….Giambattista Valli or Olivier Theyskens. Lets wait and see.

Giambattista Valli Fall 2011

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Filed under: Azzedine Alaia, Bill Gaytten, Dior, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Giambattista Valli, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Olivier Theyskens, Riccardo Tisci, Sarah Burton, Tom Ford, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Eugenio Recuenco


I recently came across a Spanish photographer named Eugenio Recuenco. He has done work for fashion houses like Loewe and Yves Saint Laurent and has photographed portraits of designers like John Gallino and Jean Paul Gaultier. I was amazed at the photos and videos he creates. Such an inspiration! Here are examples of his fascinating work.

(PS. click on the photos for a better effect)

Eugenio Recuenco's work

Eugenio Recuenco's work

Eugenio Recuenco's work

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier

Fashion designer John Galliano

Visit eugeniorecuenco.com to see more from the master.

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Filed under: Eugenio Recuenco, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Loewe, Yves Saint Laurent, , , , , , ,

Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011


Hmmmm, where to begin. When the show started it was……ok. 1960’s prints were injected into classic Dior and Galliano styles, but as the show went on, the shapes became unflattering and messy.

1960's print

Then the sheer dresses entered, which looked like a completely different collection and certainly did not look like couture.

Sheer Dress

Finally the gowns came down the grey runway, which again looked like a different collection. There was a beautiful shape to the dresses, but the fabric looked like it had been glued on and stuck together. Galliano’s absence was certainly noticed.

Final Gown

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Filed under: Christian Dior, Dior, Fashion, Gavin Norton, Haute Couture, John Galliano, , , , , ,

Wedding Of The Year (Apart From The Royals)


Kate Moss married Jamie Hince in a vintage looking John Galliano gown. Quite a brave step to wear a designer who has not been in the good books lately, but I must say I’m glad she did. This may be Galliano’s key to re-open the gates of fashion. I am quite happy that Kate chose a dress to please herself and knowone else. If you have the guts to do that, then do! Jamie Hince (Moss’ husband) also chose a nice Yves Saint Laurent outfit. It was nice to see a groom in something other than a black tux. This was one stylish wedding!

Kate Moss and Jamie HInce

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Dior Declined


Top couturier Azzedine Alaia has been offered the eponymous position at Dior replacing John Galliano, but the offer has been declined. “Mr. Alaia wasn’t interested. Flattered, but not about to pursue. The story of what happened with John was a sad story, he said when I asked him”, stated journalist Vanessa Friedman,”and he didn’t want to be part of the next chapter. And that’s even before you got to the other stuff.” If the job was accepted, it would have caused complete shock in the fashion industry, who where expecting designers like Riccardo Tisci or Sarah Burton to take to the helm of Dior. This makes the waiting even more exciting.

Azzedine Alaia fitting one of his designs

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Filed under: Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior, Dior, Fashion, Gavin Norton, John Galliano, Riccardo Tisci, Sarah Burton, , , , , , , ,

Dior Resort 2012


Dior released they’re first show since John Galliano’s departure in March earlier this year. The drama has completely gone from the collection. It is a very different approach to Dior. It is like they want to forget and delete the Galliano era, but this simply cannot be done.

Dior Resort 2012

The collection had 60’s colors and shapes included in it, mixed with classic Dior. The reviews have been mixed, as expected. Some saying it is a new era they are looking forward to, and others saying it just isn’t Dior. Only time will tell. Galliano’s successor better be chosen wisely.

DIor resort 2012

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Filed under: Christian Dior, Dior, Fashion, Gavin Norton, John Galliano, Resort 2012, , , , , ,

The Time Has Come


Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for. The Royal Wedding. As Ms. Middleton takes her first steps down the aisle, revealing her dream dress to the whole world, I hope it lives up to everyones expectations. It could make or brake the day.

The Engagement Picture

Almost More importantly, who will the designer be? For a while it was rumoured to be John Galliano, but after he hit a personal low earlier this year, the rumours suddenly disappeared. After that it was Stella Mc Cartney, but that did not last long. When Alexander McQueen’s collection at Paris Fashion Week consisted of mostly white and ending in wedding dresses, everyone tipped Sarah Burton (Creative Director of Alexander McQueen) as the lucky designer. I must admit for quite a while I thought it was Burton too. Even Editor-at-Large of American Vogue – Andre Leon Talley – said she is the designer to do it. As it is getting closer to the day I now feel the designer might be unkown.

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2011

There are so many questions to be answered. Will it be big and flamboyant or simple and elegant? Will she have a vail or tiara? Who is designing the shoes? What about make-up and hair? I just hope her dress compliments her well and is as beautiful as we hope and please God do not let her trip down the aisle!

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Filed under: Alexander McQueen, AMerican Vogue, Andre Leon Talley, Autumn Winter 2011, Fashion, Gavin Norton, John Galliano, Kate and William, Kate Middleton, Paris Fashion Week, Sarah Burton, The Royal Wedding, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Fab Forties


From Donna Karan in New York, through Prada in Milan and to John Galliano in Paris, the 1940’s has been a clear trend for the Fall/Winter 2011 season. Starting in New York, Donna Karan’s show was full of Pearls, cinched waists and hair Bun’s, leading on with a neutral clean color palette. It felt like a fresh of breath air compared to all the other shows from NYC, it was needed. This season Karan has gone for a softer structure to the garment, opposed to her usual bold and defined shape. With Erickson Beamon designing the pearls which felt as the core of the collection, it came to no suprise that she named it ‘Pearls of Wisdom’.

Donna Karan Fall/Winter 2011

Miuccia Prada was giving a clear message this season…..it’s all about the coat. The Minute the first model landed her Mary-Jane styled Python boots onto the two floored runway, it was obvious she was a Forties girl. Almost like she had just stepped off an airplane. As the color palette grew to a wider variety, we started to see more and more different fabrics used. Faux fur, being a big trend this season, was brushed and brushed to give off a fun and flamboyant look. Sequins closed the show giving off a fish scale look. She always knows how to please her crowd!

Prada Fall/Winter 2011

John Galliano was not present at his Fall/Winter 2011 show, but his designs sure made you feel he was. With a collection of only twenty looks, he was still able to squeeze out a Forties feeling. Starting off with Karlie Kloss wearing a tailored jacket with a wool pencil skirt and egg shaped top hat, it may not have been as styled as his previous shows, but it still gave off the Galliano effect. The collection may have given you the forties vibe, but the fabrics certainly did not. Like Prada, John used fabrics that you would not consider to have been apart of the forties era, like look two when a simple fur collared jacket was paired with a cream latex skirt or chains wrapped around the waist as a belt. It’s just the John Galliano touch.

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John Galliano Fall/Winter 2011

Filed under: 1940, Autumn Winter 2011, Donna Karan, Erickson Beamon, Fashion, Faux Fur, Forties, Gavin Norton, John Galliano, Karlie Kloss, Miuccia Prada, New York Fashion Week, Paris, Prada, Style, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

John Galliano Sacked Again


Did you think the John Galliano scandal could get any worse? Well it did. The visionary fashion designer who was fired from Chrisitan Dior in March, after saying ‘I love Hiter’ while drunk in a Parisian bar, has been now fired from his own eponymous label. The John Galliano label who’s clients include Kate Husdon, Drew Barrymore and Rhianna, was set up in 1984 by the man himself.  The eccentric label has been offering romantic collecions with a story behind every Avant-Garde outfit ever since.

John Galliano

91 percent of the company is owned by Chrisitan Dior, so it comes to no suprise that Galliano was let go from this company too. There are no plans currently to sell the brand.

John Galliano Fall 2007 look

The in-house creative team will takeover the design end of the brand. What will happen to Galliano’s famous exits? Next season will certainly be an interesting one!

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Filed under: Christian Dior, Dior, Drew Barrymore, Fashion, Gavin Norton, John Galliano, Kate Hudson, Paris, Rhianna, , , , , , , , ,

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