by Alex Rodriquez, Fashion News Correspondent
Finally, Dior announced who will take the helm after the very public loss of John Galliano. Raf Simons will be Dior’s new artistic director. Dior has been having trouble finding a replacement for Galliano, who was fired for making anti-Semitic remarks. First it was thought that Marc Jacobs or Alber Elbaz of Lanvin would take over at Dior, but talks between the designers and Dior quickly dissolved. Raf Simons recently left Jil Sander and rumors have been flying about where he would end up next. Now that Simons is taking the reins at Dior, it still remains to be seen in what direction he will lead the legendary fashion house. Dior is known for its femininity, while Simons’ trademarks are bright colors and minimalism. Check out Simons’ last RTW 2012 here.
Marc Jacobs is 49! Jacobs birthday’s yesterday capped off an interesting year for the renowned designer. This year, he received praise for his Louis Vuitton show, became a South Park character and is now venturing into the world of cosmetics. However, the news hasn’t been all good. The CDFA took notice of Jacobs’ use of underage models on the runway, and he received a lot of flack for not paying his models in money. However, Marc Jacobs has taken these setbacks in stride and still continues to be one of America’s designer darlings. Who doesn’t love a man in a skirt, his sartorial trademark?
Carine Roitfeld finally revealed her plans for her new magazine. The former Vogue Paris editor created a biannual style bible called CR Fashion Book. The first issue will be published this September. Good news for us: the magazine will also be published in English. Each issue will be centered on a theme and will feature long-form style articles and fashion spreads. Readers can expect something edgy given Roitfeld’s track record of porno-chic and bondage fashion. Check out some more details and pictures here.
Elle UK will be putting a man on the cover… for the first time ever. Who’s the lucky guy? None other than Britain’s own David Beckham. The soccer star is a mega-celebrity across the pond, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s married to Spice Girl-turned-designer Victoria Beckham.
Vena Cava may have been down, but the label is not out. The label has found support in LF USA, which will be funding their expansion. Now, Vena Cava will be targeting the 18-35 crowd, and its clothes will appear at Barneys before other retailers pick up the line. The situation was looking very grim for the founders, but now they may have found the investor they needed to keep their label from going under. Check out their collections here.