>> Tom Ford Recruiting for Womenswear Collection —Last year, Tom Ford began a search for funding a womenswear offshoot at his brand, although as far as dates and specifics of a launch, he only indicated "very soon." It seems he's getting closer to that unspecified launch date, however: word is Ford has been quietly recruiting designers, including accessories specialists, for the collection. A spokeswoman for the designer had no comment on the matter. [WWD]
Posts for March 5th 2010
>> With the flashing lights and soundtrack of a thunderstorm, plus thumping hoofbeats and the braying of a horse, the Dior show was off this morning. The theme? "The Seduction of the Libertine," based on the 17th century Earl of Rochester — who John Galliano came out dressed like at the end, in poet's shirt and jodhpurs tucked into riding boots — and his courtesans.
“This season Dior takes up the heroic spirit of French romanticism and Mr. Dior’s beloved English riding tweeds. I was inspired by the drape, line and cut as well as the characters of the era. I wanted to create a new luxury, and new lover, in the romance of the seductive libertine of Dior,” Galliano explained backstage.
Anna Dello Russo took in the cape coats and printed chiffon dresses stomping by on Coco Rocha, Jessica Stam, Chanel Iman, Ana Beatriz Barros, and Karlie Kloss while sitting on the floor, and the show appeared to mark Anna Wintour's last this Paris Fashion Week — she was nowhere to be seen later at Lanvin.
>> Team Vogue Paris "Blacklisted" from Balenciaga —After neither Carine Roitfeld nor any of the Vogue Paris staff appeared at Balenciaga yesterday morning; Roitfeld told WWD later in the day: “We’re blacklisted. It’s too bad, it’s a beautiful house and it’s French. I hope that it’s not forever.” She said that Balenciaga no longer advertises with Vogue Paris or lends the magazine clothes, but has given no reason for the rift. "Ask them." A Balenciaga spokesman declined comment, but a commenter on Fashionista noted that it may have something to do with Balenciaga's stylist, Marie-Amelie Sauve, who is no longer styling for the magazine. Vogue Paris hasn't had Balenciaga ads as far back as the October 2009 issue, although that issue did feature Balenciaga samples. [WWD, Fashionista, Fashin, Fashin]
Phoebe Philo turns cover girl for the launch issue of The Gentlewoman, a sister title to Fantastic Man. David Sims photographed Philo in a mix of vintage and current Celine.
Urban Outfitters is launching a bridal collection.
Tom Ford's womenswear collection is closer to becoming reality as the designer quietly builds his design team.
Karlie, Abbey, and Constance land the cover of Anja Rubik's 25 magazine.
Peter Copping's fall 2010 collection begs the question, "Who exactly is the Nina Ricci woman?"