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.

The Von Gutenberg Couture is ‘showing’ now, here.

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Kayne Masks, Naughty Halloween Costuming and ‘Evolving’ In Hollywood


As I always try to keep you ever abreast of fetish/latex/sexy/super hip stuff I figured why not report these latest stories here at end of Oct., fitting as they do not only the Von Gutenberg ethos but having a little taste of this time of year.

Check out this YouTube video from the brand new Sexually Evolved store: They boast over 1200 costumes (plus all the usual stuff you’d expect from an adult store). As their president Emily Aleece says: “Halloween is a sexy time and singles and couples should really experiment during the season…and beyond. And, we’re the go-to spot to get sexy for Halloween.” And while surely every adult shop is going to make this claim this time of year a store located in Hollywood of all places (at 6434 Hollywood Blvd. between Vine Street and North Highland Avenue to be exact) might just have what you’re looking for.

Did you know Americans spend 2.6 billion in costuming for the ghoulish season?

Not that music stars haven’t been down this road before (I’m thinking about Prince donning a mask for this “Thieves In the Temple Video”) but good old Yeezus himself is sporting masks in concert on his latest tour. Kayne West has been covering his face in concert for a few years now still; by all accounts he is truly kicking things up to high fashion with what he’s sporting on his latest tour.

The costume face coverings are from Parisian designer Maison Martin Margiela and have ranged from a tiled covering that seems as if Kayne has simply thrust his kisser into a disco ball to one seemingly haphazardly covered with jewels…all the masks completely cover the rapper’s face.

Why the masks you ask. Well as Kayne West himself says: “I haven’t figured out the whole backstory. Sometimes it’s just the freshness.”

Though I’d venture to guess there’s not a whole lotta ‘freshness’ going on after Kayne sweats into those mask each night.