I love fashion, but the Paris couture collections make me absolutely giddy. These collections celebrate fashion as high art, and present frothy, impossibly constructed delectable creations that make grown women salivate. Of course, couture gowns cost in the tens and hundreds of thousands, so we won’t be buying one anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look. The first day of couture week featured shows from Giambattista Valli, Christian Dior (currently helmed by Bill Gaytten), Chanel, Versace, and Alexis Mabille — and they did not disappoint. Click to see some of our favorite looks from the first crop of shows.
It’s hard being an in-demand celebrity. Ask Marion Cotillard, who plays actress Margaux in this short clip for Dior directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Margaux’s managers are driving her crazy and the photographer on her fashion shoot is pushing her to the brink, so she does what any woman on the verge of nervous breakdown might do — has a fashion fit. [YouTube]
Designer Christian Dior helped revolutionize fashion with his “New Look,” which refined women’s dressing after World War II, ushering in an era of luxurious refinement. A new collection from Rizzoli gathers around 100 of Dior’s signature styles and gives us a historical tour through the designer’s ample closets. Shot by Patrick Demarchelier, Dior Couture re-positions the collection’s classic elements in modern photographs. Check out a sampling of the shots. [$115, Rizzoli]
Good news for people who hate bad guys: After six months of legal jimmerjammer, John Galliano, the former fashion designer for Christian Dior, was found guilty of “public insults toward persons on the basis of their religion or origin.” Galliano, if you remember, famously got caught shouting racist and anti-Semitic remarks at fellow patrons at a Paris cafe this past year. The verdict was seen as a success, except that, well, his conviction actually comes with no punishment. The judge gave Galliano a suspended fine of €6,000 euro, though he will have to pay more than €16,000 in legal fees for the plaintiffs. Quite a deal, considering plaintiff Philippe Virgitti initially asked the courts for €220,000 in pain and suffering, after Galliano called him a “f**king Asian bastard.” [MSNBC] Keep reading »
Looking very much like Blair Waldorf (but in a topless pose Blair would never be caught dead in), Natalie Portman models for Christian Dior’s Miss Dior Cherie perfume. I never thought I’d see the day when Natalie Portman posed nude, sort of. [Celebuzz] Keep reading »