Maybe to thematic, but personally I don't think he work is filled with gimmicks. And John has done clean (even though I don't associate "clean" with Schiap--not sure where ppl. are getting that reference other than the slight mention of it in the article) just look at Dior SS '07 and Galliano SS'07--impossibly chic and utterly clean. It could work.
Personally, I feel that John is the best match for reviving Schiaparelli; perfection really. Though the rumors have been denied, hopefully the situation will follow suit à la Hedi at YSL and Raf at Dior.
It's been over a year since his accidental incident and though people may not have forgotten I'm pretty sure they've realized it's time to move on. Anyways, Schiaparelli is far from being an industry powerhouse. A current exhibition at the MET co-dedicated to Elsa Schiaparelli doesn't mean the general public cares passionately, or at all for that matter. It appears as this could be an excellent opportunity for John to quietly re-enter the industry under a reputable, though basically defunct, label.
Historically, this has been a semi-common strategy for older, exhausted, so to speak, houses: swoop in on a talented designer currently between work and turn their misfortune around. I also have a feeling that the owner of Schiaparelli would just love the press the whole deal would receive, and would allow John to let his designs do the talking.
sorry but i still say no. gratuity beside the point.....although galliano may have had his elegance at one point and in general a good dose of theatrics,his work was still too literal,too one-dimensional and much too based on the past,by comparison. i mean,we're talking about a woman quite frankly who was literally in her day the equivalent of the conceptual master that is rei kawakubo today. the nuances are endless
i don't think many of the rumoured designers would be right for schiaparelli. they would be...fine probably but really obvious. i'd be excited for a revival but hesitant as well. i could see nathalie rykiel because her essence somewhat makes me think of elsa but i just can't think of anyone who would fit it.
"Accessories, fragrances and cosmetics will be the first products to hit shelves in February 2013" according to WWD. At this point there is no reason to hire a star designer as Galliano I guess unless for a publicity stunt.
July 2, 2012 12:14 pm by Vanessa Friedman (blogs.ft.com/material-world)
Diego Della Valle may not yet have a designer for the house of Schiaparelli – that will come, he says, in September – but he has an interior designer: Vincent Darré. And yesterday in Paris Mr Darré, Mr Della Valle and Farida Khelfa, the face of the house, unveiled their new Maison. It’s a pretty perfect Cinecitta construct of how one would imagine Schiap — the woman who made shocking pink famous, collaborated with Dali and Cocteau, and invented such fashion staples as fake fur and the luxe shirtdress — once held court.
There are brightly coloured curvaceous sofas! There is an alligator bench (that’s a bench shaped like an alligator)! There is a Leger carpet (real) with a matching dining table (by Mr Darré)! There are archive drawings on the wall! And so on. Here are some pictures.
Whether it looks anything like Schiap’s apartment once looked is another question, but I’m not sure it matters. This fulfills our most romantic stereotypes. It’s easy to imagine clients (this is going to be a by-appointment clothing business) queuing up for the experience, just the way they queue for, say, Disney’s MagicMountain.
Not that Disney and Schiaparelli are comparable, but that the desire they are both banking on, literally — albeit in a different consumer base — is not dissimilar: the seduction of entering into someone else’s imaginary world, and making it, for a moment, our own. As it happens Mr Della Valle is a shareholder in Cinecitta.
Coincidence? Inspiration? Dunno. But I think he’s onto something here.
I'm not familiar with what Schiaparelli's boutique/fitting rooms were like back in the day, but I always thought of her as having a bit more taste than to just throw everything together in this sort of way.
This looks more like a tasteless version of a Lacroix studio.
Taking into consideration the surrealistic components, exoticism & the ugly chic, well known playing with the good/bad taste to subvert the ingrained understandings of clothing + the undeniable classical part of Schiap, this kind of quirkiness I actually find to be the right fit for the house; it's very Darré thing to begin with so from what I can tell I think he did a good job.
As for the designer, I'm also rooting for an appropriate young gun.
SCHIAPARELLI ambassador Farida Khelfa and owner Diego Della Valle opened the doors to the brand's new couture salons yesterday - where VIP clients will come for fittings. Situated on the Place Vendôme in Paris, the grand apartment is the same place that the eponymous designer showed her collections in the Thirties.
The space boasts a colourful interior, including drawings by artist Pierre Le Tan, gilded columns, a fuchsia, padded sofa, a lobster-shaped chest of drawers, a rug covered with a surrealist print and a cabinet of curiosities - which houses glasses designed by Man Ray and sculptures by Salvador Dalí. The opening was attended by a number of high-profile fashion names, including Haider Ackermann, Ines de la Fressange and Karl Lagerfeld.
Della Valle is still looking for a designer to helm the label, which is due to launch its first collection in February 2013. Former L'Oreal fragrance brand manager Camilla Schiavone was named its CEO in June.