Dior C.E.O. Likens Designer Search To Husband-Hunting


Dior insists that studio head Bill Gaytten, who oversaw that dog’s breakfast of a fall couture collection, is just a place-holder designer. The brand will “take all its time” to replace John Galliano, the longtime creative director it fired in March for habitual drunkenness/being an embarrassing racist. “You know when you ask young girls all the time when they are going to get married, they reply: When I find the right man,” said C.E.O. Sidney Toledano. [AFP]

Balenciaga shot its fall campaign in “a church in Harlem” — anyone know which one? — and a studio made to look like a tiled bathroom. Models Julia Nobis and Liisa Winkler star, and Steven Meisel was the photographer. [WWD]

Here’s Emma Watson‘s British Harper’s Bazaar covers, newsstand and subscriber edition, side-by-side. [FGR]

Vogue asked designers to tell them which women embodied classic, American style: responses included Gisele Bündchen (who is “American” in the…larger sense, we guess), Cate Blanchett (who is, um, Australian), Willow Smith, and the eternal safe option, Michelle Obama. [Vogue]

Gisele Bündchen is on the cover of the new Vogue Brazil. As Made in Brazil points out, the model is depicted “completely out of focus and with bad hair.” [Made In Brazil]

The stars of Downton Abbey appear in a spread in the new British Vogue. [Daily Mail]

Lindsay Lohan posed for Italian Vanity Fair. Wait, is that Pedo Bear? [Daily Mail]

Fashion blogger BryanBoy is thrilled to have made Star magazine’s worst-dressed list. [@BryanBoy]
BryanBoy was photographed while attending Prada’s men’s wear show — which has been widely praised, despite featuring a weird mixture of ugly 70s-inspired floral prints, polo collars, Boy Scout scarves, and tweed. But Fantastic Man editor-in-chief Gert Jonkers says he thinks the collection is for “fashion victims…There were lots of things that were very puzzling.” [IsaacLikes]

  • Someone in Missouri bought $10,000 worth of Christian Louboutin shoes via the designer’s web site. Important question: will this raise Missouri in the fashion elite’s esteem, or lower Louboutin? [Glamour]
  • Milla Jovovich‘s three-year-old daughter was invited to the Chanel couture show, but when the model and actor realized the show started at 10 p.m. and not 10 a.m., the tot had to send her regrets. “She even got an invitation with her name on it — Mademoiselle Anderson. Her first invitation to a Chanel show and she had to turn it down.” [WWD]
  • Daniela Issa Helayel, the designer behind the London-based label Issa, enumerates one big reason to hire a Naomi-level supermodel: pour encourager les autres. Supermodels, you see, “they seem to automatically make the other girls raise their level — stronger walks, fierce attitude, smiling, enjoying themselves.” [Vogue UK]
  • Christopher Bailey of Burberry says choosing models is “not just about how beautiful they are, how long their legs are, how they look in the clothes. I think you feel spirit and character — and culture — with people.” [Vogue UK]
  • Lanvin has signed a licensing deal for an eyewear collection. It’s expected to be in stores this December. [WWD]
  • And Salvatore Ferragamo is getting into the jewelry business. [WWD]
  • As has been obvious for some time, Carla Bruni is pregnant. [Vogue UK]
  • Saks Fifth Avenue is opening a store in Kazakhstan. The Post promptly ran with a “Ka-Saks-hstan” pun. [NYPost]
  • Racked is taking reader nominations for a poll to scientifically determine 2011’s Hottest Fashion Editor. For the purposes of the competition, the blog defines an “editor” as “print and digital media fashion workers.” Let this please be our official nomination for Style.com scribe Darrell Hartman. He’s so dreamy. [Racked]
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