Fall is, without question, my favourite fashion season, so I’m thrilled to bring you this very special issue. Inside you’ll find the hottest fashion, beauty and accessory trends from major centres around the globe, plus a peek behind the scenes of intriguing industry players.
While there was plenty of entertaining fashion on the runway this season—the blockbuster Versace show and Dsquared2’s True Grit–inspired theme were standouts for me—there was even more action off the catwalk. The rumour mill started spinning soon after I landed in Milan with the news of John Galliano’s scandal and subsequent arrest. It was one of those jaw-dropping stories that few of us could believe until the details started unspooling on Twitter. What would happen at Dior? (Galliano was sacked.) Would the show still go on in Paris the following week? (It did.) Who would take over? Alber Elbaz? Riccardo Tisci? (At press time, we still don’t know.)
The Galliano controversy set off a firestorm of gossip and rumours that touched many of the key houses in Paris. Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent admitted to being affected by the unfounded chatter about his potential termination. Hannah MacGibbon at Chloé wasn’t so fortunate. Her job was also speculated about, and news of her replacement—the talented Clare Waight Keller, formerly at Pringle of Scotland—followed soon afterwards. Christophe Decarnin, who ignited the Balmainia craze of massive shoulders and studded ripped denim, came under the media microscope when he didn’t show up for his Balmain presentation. News of his replacement by a 25-year-old member of his design team, Olivier Rousteing, and a new lower priced collection due out next year followed swiftly.
And in the midst of it all, buzz was flying about who would get the coveted commission of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown. Galliano? Phoebe Philo? Erdem? I was thrilled when Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen scooped up the prize.
What comes next will be revealed at the next round of fashion shows starting in New York in September. The only guarantee? It will create just as much talk off the catwalk as on. That’s the thrill every fashion lover can relate to—and we’ll bring you all the latest news in FLARE and on Flare.com, plus on Twitter and Facebook.
I’d like to thank FLARE’s talented team and a core group of contributors including Tommy Ton, Natalia Grosner, Aya McMillan and Katie Dupuis for producing our first-ever runway special. This couldn’t have been designed without the brilliant work of our runway photographer, Anthea Simms, who has been covering the catwalk for FLARE for close to 30 years.
FLARE’s fall trend report is on newsstands now and available for e-readers at Zinio.
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