Today’s Fashion Headlines: Julia Restoin Roitfeld Directs, John Galliano to Margiela, American Apparel Interim CEO, Chloé Founder Dies

September 29, 2014 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

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Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s Directorial Debut

Stuart Weitzman has tapped Julia Restoin Roitfeld to direct a fashion film as part of the brand’s ongoing short-film series. Titled “Rock Roll Ride,” the short film is the first by a female director in the series, as well as Roitfeld’s directorial debut. Past directors include James Franco, Balthazar Klarwein and Nino Muñoz. “When we started the creative process for our film series this season, we wanted to work with a female director whose artistic vision was aligned with our brand aesthetic. Julia’s body of work is impressive, and we knew she would capture the spirit of Stuart Weitzman through a unique vantage point,” Weitzman said. Roitfeld, who is the daughter of iconic editor Carine Roitfeld, runs her own blog and works as an art director, photographer and model. Poppy Delevingne and actress Dylan Penn appear in the two-minute film, which was shot in the Hamptons. “Rock Roll Ride” debuts today on stuartweitzman.com.

John Galliano Reported to Start Margiela Haute Couture Line

Reports say John Galliano has been secretly been in talks to start a haute couture line for Margiela, which was acquired by the Diesel brand in 2002 and has been without a creative director since 2009, after its founder Belgian designer Martin Margiela left the business.  The fashion designer was fired by Dior in 2011 after he made anti-Semitic comments in a Parisian cafe. He took his first steps to return to the industry with a temporary residency at Oscar de la Renta’s studio in New York early last year. “Galliano has been talking to Margiela to take the brand into haute couture,” a source told Page Six. “He has already hired five or six staff members for his atelier in Paris.” However a Galliano representative reports and there’s nothing official with Margiela and he is talking with a number of brands.

American Apparel Announces Interim CEO

Los Angeles-based American Apparel Inc. has named Alvarez & Marsal executive Scott Brubaker interim chief executive officer. The embattled company is getting back on track after ousting founder Dov Charney on allegations of misconduct. Hassan Natha has been promoted to executive vice president and Patricia Honda and Nicolle Gabbay are now the presidents of wholesale and retail, respectively. “We are confident that their experience and leadership will help the company achieve its goals and we look forward to working with them,” said Allan Mayer, co-chairman of American Apparel.

Chloé Founder Gaby Aghion Passes Away

Beloved designer and Chloé founder Gaby Aghion has passed away at the age of 93 at her Paris home on Saturday. Fun, feisty and feminine, Aghion was an icon and the ultimate Chloé girl. She perfectly embodied the brand she cofounded in 1952, and Sunday’s Chloé runway show was dedicated to her memory. A note was tucked into each program commending her “free spirit and independent resolve.” The fashion industry has been morning the loss of Aghion, with Karl Lagerfeld saying, “She helped me in a way to become what I am now- and that I will never forget.”

Martine Sitbon, Chloé’s designer from 1987 to 1992, remembers Aghion’s “passion for the house and a true love for fashion. She would come backstage every season to congratulate me, support me, give me power.” Hannah MacGibbon, who designed for Chloé from 2008 to 2011, said, “She was such a modern and feminine woman. She was always so warm, with a fantastic sparkle in her eye.” A funeral is scheduled for Thursday in Paris.

– Claire Mykrantz

Sources: WWD, New York Post, WSJ

Image: WWD

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