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Tune in with us to assess the style choices of Hollywood’s major players at tonight’s Golden Globes ceremony.
We can barely stomach another Dior rumor — much less two — but here we are. Allow us to fill you in on the latest rumblings from the hallowed house.
There are all sorts of gems in the Karl Lagerfeld-edited issue of Metro. Let’s discuss the highlights, okay?
This was the week of the CFDA Awards — so much fashion, people! There was also a fair amount of fashion at the German state dinner (Michelle Obama, duh). Marc Jacobs‘s ad campaigns were on our mind, as were Kanye West‘s dead model video and Karl Lagerfeld‘s glassware. And, as usual, Kate/Princess Catherine/Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge/whateverhernameis looked stunning.
We always find it refreshing when designers talk about their lives frankly, and if there’s one adjective that describes designer Haider Ackermann, it’s candid. The frank French designer talked to WWD about his life and work, and how his life and work have changed now that industry folks more or less unanimously love the clothes he sends down the runway.
You know who’s fancy? Karl Lagerfeld. So it comes as no surprise to us that when it came time to unveil the much-anticipated new bottles the designer created for Coca Cola Light, he would do it at a star-spangled party in Paris, filled with legions of waiters dressed exactly like him.
Shortly after Haider Ackermann‘s Paris runway show this weekend, The Daily Telegraph‘s Hilary Alexander caught up with him and asked a few not-so-pointed questions about his future in fashion. He’s been largely touted as one of the front runners in the race to replace John Galliano at Dior, and while Alexander didn’t get a straight answer out of him about whether or not he’s going to sign a contract with LVMH, she did get him to admit that there are “places I would like to go.”
There’s been a lot of speculation as to who will replace designer John Galliano, who will lose his job as Dior‘s creative director and lead couturier after allegations of publicly spouting anti-Semitic insults. Insiders claim that while the company is in no rush to replace him in an official capacity, they have made offers to rising stars Haider Ackermann, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy and Hedi Slimane.
John Galliano‘s career at Dior hasn’t been over for 24 hours yet, but people are already speculating and making bets on who will replace him. A few names have floated to the top of the heap, but we won’t know for sure who it will be until someone has signed and dated what will undoubtedly be a very lucrative contract. Still, it’s sort of fun (but also kinda sad) to informally nominate a few people for the post.
The fashion industry’s fascination with Haider Ackermann has everything to do with his ability to conjure mystery and intellectual curiosity — to say nothing of his stunning clothing (worn recently and notably by Lady Gaga in the March issue of Vogue). His talent put him on the shortlist of designers to replace Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, and his collections get stellar reviews. But it’s when he decides to do things like take time from the runway that he really makes people think, and in his interview with actress Tilda Swinton in this month’s Interview magazine, he talks about why a fashion collection isn’t something that can come together overnight, how he defines where his home is, and why he’d like to run off to into the wilderness.
We’re giving some serious thought to starting every morning with a roundup of quotables Karl Lagerfeld said the day before. Today: what he thinks of Kate Middleton and who he thinks will succeed him at Chanel.