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Insiders Weigh In on Galliano’s Return to the Spotlight, and More of Today’s News

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

A new Galliano…

When John Galliano returned to fashion earlier this year, debuting his first collection for Maison Margiela, he refused to give many interviews, as the house thought, “the clothes should speak for themselves.” And indeed they have. Since then Galliano’s designs have been featured in countless magazines and have been worn on the red carpet by the likes of Cate Blanchett. But does that a hero make? Find out what the rest of the industry has to say about Galliano’s fall and rise in a new profile. [Newsweek]

Cannes says no to selfies…

Don’t expect celebrities to be snap happy on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival this year. Thierry Frémaux, the head of the festival, has stated that Cannes is “waging a campaign to slow down the contemporary practice of selfies on the red carpet and the steps.” Frémaux even went as far as to describe selfies as an “often extremely ridiculous and grotesque” practice. [British Vogue]

Don’t call it a comeback…

One of Australia’s most famous fashion exports, Gemma Ward, made her return to the runway on her home turf this week. The model, who has been out of the spotlight for a few years, said of her time off, “I was searching for ways to define myself away from modeling,” adding that she’s decided to return to fashion, because “it’s just time for me to share myself again with the world.” Ward also reflects on the struggles many young models who started in the industry as teenagers face: “When you’re too tired or you’re too cold or you need the day to be done and you’re overworked or you want to be conservative, then that’s something that you should be expressing.” []

Window shopping…

Saks Fifth Avenue is honoring Fern Mallis and supporting the release of her new book by dedicating 16 of its street-front windows to the tome. Mallis’ book, Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, reflects on the numerous conversations she has had with respected designers at 92Y over the years. The window displays will include copies of the book alongside mannequins dressed in attire by the featured designers. [WWD]

Say it like you mean it…

Though it may seem like an odd pairing, fashion and activism often go hand in hand. Take a look at the most iconic political statements in fashion history, from PETA’s iconic supermodel-studded anti-fur campaigns to Chanel’s recent feminist protest. [Dazed]

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