STATE OF THE UNION: The Week That Was

Another week, another presidential address from yours truly. Nothing has me too riled up this week, so here’s a look at a few hand-picked fashion tidbits that caught my eye.

 

THAT’S HOT

KAREN WALKER IN THE TOP 500

Karen Walker is the only person reppin’ New Zealand to be included in this year’s Business of Fashion 500, compiled by the Business of Fashion magazine. She was quoted as saying, "It is really thrilling, it's just an honour. Because [the Business of Fashion] is a really important voice in the industry. And to be one of only 112 designers, and on a list with people like Karl Lagerfeld, it's a little surreal, actually". It’s awesome to see our lil country playing with the big boys. Also, if anyone wants to buy me any KW sunglasses when the next range comes out, feel free. I can’t justify spending that much money on glasses in case I accidentally sit on them.

 

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IRIS VAN HERPEN’S 3D PRINTED COLLECTION

The fusion of fashion and technology is something that speaks to my soul. Van Herpen took home the 25th-annual Andam Award with her Magnetic Motion collection for Spring 2015. The Andam Award is designed to help up-and-coming designers, and is only open to labels who make less than €3 million a year. By using 3D printing, laser cutting and injection molding, van Herpen has created beautiful cyborgs and aliens gracing her runway.

 

 

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THAT’S NOT

KIM K AND CARA D WORKING TOGETHER

The sweetheart of the modelling world, Cara Delevingne, has teamed up with Kim Kardashian for a “secret project”, with both of them sharing pictures on their Instagram accounts. This “secret project” may have something to do with LOVE magazine, with Kim tagging editor-in-chief Kee Grand in her Instagram post. I don’t have nearly as much beef with the Kardashian-Jenner clan (I thought about putting a ‘k’ on this, but immediately thought better of it) as some of y’all do, but I think that this reality TV starlet should stick to looking vacant at fashion shows instead of participating in shoots with more established models. *kanye shrug*

 

 

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Taken from Cara's Instagram

 

 

NO MORE RTW FOR JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

This news is slightly old, but I haven’t discussed it yet so I’m still going to be sad about it here. Jean Paul Gaultier held his last ready-to-wear show at the last Paris Fashion Week, with the label choosing to focus only on haute couture and perfumes from now on. JPG issued a statement on this, saying "For some time, I have found true fulfilment in working on the haute couture and it allows me to express my creativity and my taste for research and experimentation. At the same time the world of ready-to-wear has evolved considerably. Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections don't leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate. ... This is a new beginning, I will be able to express again my creativity fully and without constraints." RIP JPG RTW. </3

 

 

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Celebrating the end of an era.

 

 

I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FEEL ABOUT THIS

JOHN GALLIANO RETURNS TO WORK

Galliano has just been announced as the creative director of Paris-based fashion house Maison Martin Margiela. Galliano spent almost 25 years with Christian Dior before parting with the brand in 2011 after being caught on camera spouting anti-Semitic statements at a bar in Paris. Hollywood star Natalie Portman spoke out against him at the time, saying "In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way". I’m very divided on how I feel about this. John Galliano has produced some of the most beautiful pieces of clothing I’ve ever seen, and perhaps my favourite fashion show ever. Yet, despite being an “eccentric” man, there’s no excuse for being a racist piece of shit. So I guess I feel kind of guilty that I’m still a little excited to see what he can produce at MMM.

 

 

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So, that's some info for y'all fashion-wise. Share your thoughts on any of these morsels with me in the comments, along with any suggestions for things to critique or praise.

Jayden wrote this looking at John Galliano F/W 2009 while trying to cure a headache with a diet coke
and waiting for the Roxy to open to celebrate her birthday at midnight.

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