John Galliano heeded the call of the wild for Christian Dior on Monday, unveiling his “tribal chic” look for next summer which partnered tame silk chiffon with python and sharkskin.
In a tent packed to the gunnels with 1,500 press and buyers, he sent out a collection heaving with animal pelts and reptile skins cut up into jackets and coats, some ‘au naturel’ in black, camel and grey, but others dyed startling shades of orange and acidulic green.
Leather jackets looked as if they were battle-scarred like Zulu warriors.
Even the micro-mini silk skirts underneath the jackets, sunray pleated and often sheer, needed the legs of a giraffe to carry them off with conviction.
Galliano took his bow at the end in a sober black-trousers-and-waistcoat ensemble, to the resounding applause of a host of celebrity guests, including the ex-wife of Marilyn Manson, burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, the singers Lily Allen and Katy Perry, and actresses Eva Green, Milla Jovovich, Zoe Saldana (our dear mata’s fansite!), Marion Cotillard, Emma Watson and Elsa Zylberstein.
“I love the madness,” shouted Eva Green as she whisked into the Dior show Monday in a gray suit, looking every inch the schoolteacher she plays in her latest movie “Cracks.”
“It’s quite a dangerous story, there’s a lot of taboos, I play a swimming team teacher who seduces a student,” she said. She’s hoping the film, directed by Jordan Scott and set in the Thirties, will make the final selection for Cannes.
Lily Allen, who sat painting her nails with silver varnish from the gift set on her seat, said she’d arrived in Paris this weekend to record some tracks with Gonzalez.
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard of “La Vie en Rose” said she’ll be singing again in “Nine,” a new musical comedy set in the Sixties starring Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz that starts filming in October.
Accompanying her was film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who said he’s “in town to scout for a new Quentin Tarantino movie.”
Nearby, Barbara Bush, daughter of the U.S. President, noted she was in town visiting family.
Zoe Saldana, meanwhile, has just wrapped “Avatar” alongside Sigourney Weaver and the remake of “Star Trek,” alongside Winona Ryder. Saldana said her outfits, by costume designer Michael Kaplan, were far from geeky. “I wore very short, short, short dresses, it was petrifying,” she said.
U.S. pop singer Katy Perry is on a whirlwind tour to promote her first single, and is gearing up to release her second.
Emma Watson, or Harry Potter’s Hermione, could have used some magic to clear a throng of photographers and screaming teens who surged ahead of her coming out of the show.
Hobbling towards Place de la Concorde afterwards, a monochrome Roisin Murphy, who had road-tested one of Gareth Pugh’s articulated, armor-like frocks for the occasion, confessed she’d had a difficult time sitting at the show. “It’s not very comfortable,” she said.
Last but not least, Eva and her boyfriend, actor Marton Csokas, are still going steady and strong. They were spotted strolling in Paris yesterday dressed in black. I won’t be posting any photos here, but I thought you’d be happy to have some news of our discreet couple. Marton didn’t attend the Dior show though.
PS: And Tom can relax because Angharad is right behind Eva in the group picture. She’s wearing a blue dress. 😉
More of Eva in all her gorgeous dark glory:
Today I’ve scanned an old issue of Elle Belgium (okay, not that old, it’s from September 2007 so it’s only 1 year old) for our viewing pleasure. The photo used inside the magazine was used in Elle France (thanks Kazou) and Elle Russia (thanks Mirik) last year was well. But the cover is brand new and I must say that I love it to bits!!! 🙂
Unfortunately, this is the Dutch speaking version of Elle Belgium. And I don’t speak Dutch. So, do we have any candidates for a translation? 😉
Oh, and, by the way, the BAFTAs 2008 coloured photo had already appeared in Night and Day last February (thanks Lorna).
Great news! I now have a brand new clip featuring interviews with “Franklyn”s director and also star Sam Riley (gotta love him!). Eva isn’t interviewed in it, but she appears on the video working with Sam. I’ll be uploading the video this weekend if everything’s ok. But, for the time being, enjoy the following caps! 😉
Many thanks to HAS for the heads-up!!! 🙂
Our dark, mysterious and modern-day Cinderella is back in a brand new stunning Dior ad that is on the back page of Vogue UK October 2008. Thanks to Kazou for sharing it with us! 🙂
This time Dior is promoting the Midnight Poison Elixir, not the perfume.
In cooperation with perfumer François Demachy, Dior recently launched their three new versions of already existing perfumes in form of an elixir. These are three magical perfumes Midnight Poison, Hypnotic Poison and Pure Poison, which were presented in form of an elixir and are available in well-known bottle shapes and colours in amounts of 30 and 50 ml, with atomizers.
The Midnight Poison Elixir will seduce you with new aromas of caramel and vanilla. It’s a new fragrance.
Midnight Poison was the fifth fragrance in the Christian Dior Poison saga, which began with the release of the original, now-iconic Poison fragrance in 1985 and continued with Tendre Poison in 1994, Hypnotic Poison in 1998 and Pure Poison in 2004. Last year’s entry was created by perfumers Jacques Cavallier and Olivier Cresp, and features notes of mandarin orange, bergamot, black rose, patchouli, amber and French vanilla.
Eva said she dislikes what she considers strong “old lady” scents and often goes without fragrance, but noted she’s smitten with Midnight Poison. “It’s quite fresh compared to the other Poisons – it’s younger, fresher, like the commercial,” she said.
Actress and Montblanc Brand Ambassador Eva Green and actor Clemens Schick arrive for the Montblanc reception at Ropac Gallery after the ‘Der Stein’ theatre premiere on July 31, 2008 in Salzburg, Austria.
PS: Clemens Schick had a small role in “Casino Royale”. He played Kratt, Le Chiffre’s evil sidekick.
Why does Montblanc care about the Festival?
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Tango_down who bought GQ France and Madame Figaro especially because of Eva and for us! And also for the amazing translations. We couldn’t be happier and more fortunate to have someone like you around! 😀
Let’s all say thanks! 😉
PS: Which photoshoot is your fave? 🙂
RENCONTRE AVEC EVA GREEN
Elle pose son regard de braise sur l’univers du cinéma avec passion et modestie. Troublante, l’ex-James Bond girl, égérie Dior du parfum Midnight Poison, adepte des films noirs, brouille les pistes avec un certain plaisir. Moteur !
par Elizabeth Gouslan
Au bar du Normandy, à Deauville, Eva Green, en costume de dandy Dior, consulte la carte des vins. Hésite entre un chablis et un saint-émilion. Choisit finalement le rouge, qui est sa couleur. La voix étonnamment grave, le corps frêle, le regard bleu Hollywood expliquent aisément qu’on l’ait recrutée pour donner la réplique à 007. C’est de cet exploit ambigu qu’elle cherche à s’affranchir. En travailleuse obstinée qui répète non-stop avec sa coach, en jeune fille si bien élevée d’une actrice française exquise et gouailleuse – alias Marlène Jobert –, en expatriée de luxe peu épatée par la cruauté de Los Angeles, la frénésie de Londres ou l’intensité de New York. En Normandie, elle retrouve ses racines, la maison de famille, les odeurs d’iode et de bocage.