The Return of John Galliano

Fashion, News

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Pending the rumored changes to institutions like Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, fashion critics and enthusiasts alike are witnessing the fight for the exclusivity of the fashion industry. Maison Margiela Artisanal 2015 couture spring collection was a return to that old-fashioned invite-only experience. It was also the stage for John Galliano’s triumphant return to the runway.
There were only three photographers in the photography pit, including one in-house photographer. Paparazzi was not allowed inside to document celeb sightings such as Kate Moss and designers including, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Manolo Blahnik and Rifat Ozbek to name a few.

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The show is being praised as the perfect marriage between Galliano’s signature aesthetic and Maison Margiela.

From the the ornate use of tulle dramatically draped on the models who glided down the runway to their crystal-kissed lips that paired seamlessly with their drag-queen inspired makeup, the show was the perfect fashion fantasy.

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Margiela emailed show notes immediately following the show. While there is some debate as to his reasoning for sending out his notes instead of the tradional behind the scenes interview, the general concensus is that the designer wanted to convey a clear explanation of his creative process. His sentiments illustrated a story of discovery and renewal.

“Approaching tailoring, techniques, craftsmanship like a new explorer, or painter. One who sees beauty in things that are often taken for granted, giving everything a newly enriched life.”

 

 

 

A Worthy Toast to 2013

News

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We are just hours away from saying “farewell” to 2013 and” hello” to 2014. The staff is ready. We are toasting it up with Égalité a “worthy bubbly” with a wonderful cause.

The champagne promotes equality and gives back.

“Over the last year, tremendous gains have been made in the fight for LGBT equality in a number of areas,” said Darren Restivo, one of the principals of Biagio Cru & Estate Wines, the creator and importer of Égalité. “While we still have a long way to go, the holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate this progress and give back to the many charitable organizations that help LGBT youth conquer the challenges that remain.”

Overall, Égalité has contributed more than $20,000 (in product and direct donations) to LGBT nonprofit organizations since its January 2013 launch.

The name Égalité, which is French for “Equality,” is both a reflection of the wine’s origin and a celebration of Equality for the LGBT community in the United States and around the world. A Crémant from the Burgundy region of France, Égalité offers hints of peach and honey blossom on the palate, with a clean, dry finish found in only the finest Champagnes.

“Égalité is an exceptional, elegant wine perfect for special holiday celebrations with friends and family,” added Restivo.

Égalité is 45-percent Pinot Noir, 30-percent Chardonnay, 20-percent Gamay and 5-percent Aligote. It has a suggested retail price of about $23.99 for a 750-ml. bottle and is available nationwide at restaurants, fine retail stores and through wine.com.

To find out more about Égalité, including store locations, visit http://www.egalitewines.com, or connect with Égalité on Facebook and Twitter with #toastequality