The Continuing Saga Of John Galliano

john-galliano-makes-a-rare-appearance-to-present-anna-wintour-with-award-at-the-bfas-1417519751The continuing saga of John Galliano has been one of the more interesting stories in the fashion world of late. The designer who has always sparked interest-to say the least-and supposedly has seen the error of whatever ways the general public and his fellows thought he should see the error of, will present his return couture collection for Maison Martin Margiela in London on January 12th. Galliano’s fashion return will occur during the London Collections: Men show, in the city the Gilbraltar-born designer spent “formative years and his beginnings in the industry” in, a Margiela press release stated.

Galliano actually made his public ‘re-entry’ in his adopted UK city early this month presenting an Outstanding Achievement award at the British Fashion Awards.

For those who do not know or don’t care to recall, Galliano was fired from Dior in Feb. 2011 for a “I love Hitler” tirade he gave (actually two different, equally hate-speech rants were noted in the Galliano saga) while drunk at a Parisian café. Yes, it is certainly not so nice spewing the opinion Galliano did, but in the city of lights anti-semitic speech is actually illegal! Galliano was found guilty and made to pay a fine.Since that time he has admitted to therapy, made strategic appearances on T.V shows and has altered his look.

Whatever the effect of the man’s three-year crawl back to fashion icon status will have on John Galliano, if his new collection for Maison Martin Margiela will be accepted and applauded, and if indeed it was unfair to even prosecute the man for his remarks (as his defense lawyers tried to argue it was and sued for appeal and damages) it will all come down to how much his couture is accepted.

The Galliano collection will also be shown in Paris –of all places-during that city’s Couture Fashion Week, at the end of the same month.

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Spotlight on Giuseppe Zanotti

Don’t let all the crazy shopping happening around, over or under you presently get in the way of you looking good from head…to toe. Stepping out in a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti shoes is a sure to keep any holiday blues away….no matter if you are celebrating Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa (and here at Von Gutenberg we celebrate them all, as any chance to lift a glass, hang with family and wish good tidings is always welcome.)

Did you know that Zanotti was a DJ before he began designing shoes?

Starting as a freelancer for the likes of Dior and Roberto Cavalli (and others) Zanotti took over the Vicini company in the early 90’s and today boasts shoe production of over 400,000 pairs of luxury women’s shoes. He makes stilettos, wedges and clear heels (as well as many more types) for thigh-high boots, cowboy boots and winklepickers (to name a few).

With boutiques in Milan, New York, San Francisco, Moscow and so many others, plus placement in the very finest shops this one-of-a-kind Italian shoe designer is a maverick talent in the fashion world.  Checking out Harrod’s online Christmas shop we noticed a new for the season, ‘just in’ Giuseppe Zanotti  Logo Ankle Sandals. If this pair doesn’t bring you some warm holiday feelings then nothing will!


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Turn About Is Fair Play In Fashion?



Victoria’s Secret supermodel Adrianna Lima certainly has a secret…that she showed to the world. The stunning brunette entered the II BrazilFoundation Gala Miami wearing a Alberta Ferrettie Spring 2012 runway gown…backwards. Doing so the silky back draping actually worked to present 31 year old Lima’s décolletage. The dress worn front or back, also features cutout side panels, great for those ladies with great legs, which Lima does sport.

As has been noted quite a bit lately Victoria’s Secret models are not the only ones to be so daring in their ‘turn about is fair play’ approach to fashion.

In 2009 Angelina Jolie wore her Max Azria to the SAG awards back-to-front and Amanda Seyfried did the same with a Bodyamr cocktail dress this year. Rachel Bilson turned things around, Celine Dion was seen in a now infamous reverse Dior tuxedo and Laura Whitmore’s tweet about turning her outfit around: “Wearing my dress backwards INTENTIONALLY” equals Lima’s own of: “Imperfection is beautiful.”

This odd practice (which I am sure sends some designers into a tail spin and might speak more to how absolutely bored some celebs might be) seems so prevalent actress Sigourney Weaver had to defend her Lanvin ensemble recently by declaring: “I did not wear it backward. The label is huge, so you’d have to be a cretin not to know which way to put it on.”

Will this odd trend continue? Will designers begin to create with the practice in mind? Time will tell, as it always does in the fashion world.

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Queen of burlesque Von Teese on fashion, fetishes and France

ditaPARIS (AFP) — Dita Von Teese, the onetime blonde from small-town USA who morphed into the black-haired global superstar of strip, credits her celebrity status to a love of femininity exaggerated to the hilt.

Currently in the French capital for a run of shows in that quintessentially Parisian cabaret, the Crazy Horse, the diva of glam sex recounts how a teenage passion for underwear propelled her rise to celebrity, both as stripped-down “Queen of Burlesque”, and dressed-up fashion icon.

“Lingerie is my first love,” says the 36-year-old, a tiny Snow-White like figure, demurely though elegantly turned out in a calf-length dark green number by designer Roland Mouret — and incredibly high high heels.

“I started wanting to learn about the history of lingerie and that’s how I came across pictures of pin-up girls, and when I found pin-up girls I found burlesque stars, and that’s it.”

Von Teese, a familiar face at top fashion houses such as Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier or Elie Saab, and consistently rated one of the world’s Best Dressed women, recently outed her own lingerie for Wonderbra.

“She earns a living peeling off her clothes but is celebrated for what she wears,” said Crazy Horse manager Andree Deissenberg.

A onetime fetish model formerly married to gothic rock star Marilyn Manson, Von Teese grew up with a passion for 30s and 40s Hollywood glam, trained as a dancer and a costume designer, and did her first strip when a teenager — creating a vintage-inspired outfit with elbow-length gloves and seamed stockings that piqued the clientele.

“I always had an interest in fetishism because I like things that exaggerate the feminine form,” she said. “Extremely high heels, waist-crunching corsets, all the things that really exaggerate the feminine shape, and long red nails and make-up that’s very feminine.”

“Apparently that also appeals to fetishists.”

Fetishism, she added, was more than whips and chains and being mean. “It’s also about worshipping femininity and extremes and finding beauty in extremes. That’s what always appealed to me.”

On the way, she said she became interested in why people had a fetish for seamed stockings, high heels, or feet or rubber or leather.

“I was always really interested in knowing what makes people tick.”

“When people think of being beautiful or sexy, it’s important to remember that those things are different for everyone,” she said. “There’s such a broad scope of what turns people on.”

A corset-wearing tight-lacer, Von Teese has featured on the cover of fetish magazines while wowing burlesque audiences by performing in giant glasses of champagne or martini, straddling a 9-foot lipstick, feather-fan dancing or walking the stage in just diamonds or Swarovski crystals.

“People ask me what is the difference between burlesque and striptease and there really isn’t one,” she said.

dita2Burlesque was like early 20th century song-and-dance vaudeville, but more risque, with more skits on sex and stripteasers as the stars — such as her heroine Gypsy Rose Lee.

“I’m just trying to bring back the original art form,” added softly-spoken Von Teese.

At the Crazy Horse, where she performs through to Valentine’s Day, Von Teese aptly is playing as “resident artist”.

As the cabaret is far smaller than Paris’ other legendary night-spots, the Folies Bergeres, Moulin Rouge or Lido, and with a tinier stage, Von Teese has had to rethink and redevise her numbers, performing alongside the club’s troupe of scantily dressed dancing girls.

Paris, she said, where she spends increasing amounts of time, is the ideal city for the art of burlesque.

While the US invented showgirls and the art of striptease, “unfortunately it seems that now in America they’ve lost all sense of what burlesque really is. It’s just something very racy for them,” she said.

“It’s not like in France where they still remember names like Mistinguett and Josephine Baker”, the leggy singer-dancers respectively from France and the US of the years before the Second World War.

“In America they’ve completely forgotten this and have a hard time coming to terms with the idea that striptease could’ve been a form of classic entertainment,” she said.

“There was a reason Josephine Baker found more accolades here than where she was from, so even in the 20s and 30s it was a lot freer here than where she came from,” said Von Teese.

“I like coming here to be appreciated.”

article by AFP news