Galliano to Return to London & Givenchy’s Surprising New Face
Galliano Maison Martin Margiela
John Galliano will show his first couture collection for Maison Martin Margiela in London, on January 12 during London Collections: Men. It will be the designer's first fashion show in four years since a highly publicized altercation in a Paris cafe which resulted in him leaving Dior and his eponymous brand in 2011. Speaking about the decision to show in London, John Galliano discussed how his formative fashion years were spent in the city and the respect he has for the city’s tailoring history and design heritage. The show will also appear in Paris during Couture Fashion Week January 25 and 30.
Julia Roberts for Givenchy
Iconic American actress Julia Roberts has been unveiled as the new face of French luxury house Givenchy's spring/summer 2015 campaign. The actress is depicted stone faced with no makeup in an oversized mannish cut blazer. Subverting Julia Roberts’ wholesome Pretty Woman-era image was part of the plan for the designer Riccardo Tisci, who reported he told the actress 'Because your smile is so beautiful and everybody knows you for that, I think it should be no smile.'
Prada's Nine Month Profit Decline
Italian luxury group Prada Holdings has revealed a nine month profit decline. dropping by 27.6 percent to 319.3 million euros with sales at the group dipping 0.9 percent to 2.55 billion euros in the nine months to the end of October. Prada blames the slump on challenging market conditions, including unfavorable exchange rate trends and enduring geo-political issues in important markets such as Russia and Hong Kong. Prada's chief executive Patrizio Bertelli expressed confidence in the group's medium term outlook and stressed that the company was making efforts to increase its efficiency, and that its stores healthy performance would help it to achieve satisfactory levels of growth and profitability.