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Best of The FIND Houston, spring 2011 edition

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On probably the last gorgeous day Houston will see until mid-October (if that), I hit up the fashion market, The FIND, at Boheme. It was the perfect venue, too: designers and their booths snaked around the cafe and bar’s back yard and patio area, drinking cocktails in the sun and chatting with customers and curious parties from inside. Here’s the best of what I found, and who I’ll be featuring in the coming months:

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Galliano officially out at Dior, Natalie Portman helped fire him

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After firing off anti-Semitic remarks at a bar in Paris’ Marais district last week, Dior designer John Galliano was put on a suspension, but a video of a second, similar event has surfaced, and Galliano is reportedly out of a job. In the first incident, Galliano was supposedly provoked, but a new video of a second anti-Semitic rant has been leaked, in which the designer appears extremely intoxicated and mouths off about the Holocaust and Jews being gassed. After beginning an investigation into the altercation, Dior executives decided to fire their flamboyant designer, who has worked with the house since 1996.

And Natalie Portman — the official face of Miss Dior Cherie — may have helped give the ultimate verdict. After looking confused during an Oscar press conference when a reporter asked about the first incident (Portman’s PR rep deflected the question before she could comment), Portman has now released a statement, saying in part, “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.”

Dior plans to show what seems to be Galliano’s last collection for the house this Friday at Paris Fashion Week. What’s next for Galliano? He’s said to be designing Kate Moss’ wedding dress and of course has his own line, but who knows if another big company will be willing to risk taking him on until the controversy quiets down. Do you agree with Dior’s decision?

UPDATE: is reporting that Galliano may be investigated by police on possible criminal charges, while Fashionista’s started a controversial conversation on the rumors that Dior’s been planning to oust Galliano for some time because of drinking and off-color comments.

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Lacroix’s new project

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He filed for bankruptcy in 2009, bounced back as artistic director for La Monnaie de Paris in 2010, and in 2011, Christian Lacroix is getting back to designing for the runway.

Fashion brand Desigual just released a few sneak photos (including the one at left) from their upcoming design collaboration with Lacroix, which will extend from Fall 2011 – Summer 2012. Lacroix is designing 30 pieces for Desigual, as they blend haute couture and RTW for their collection, called dream…

Desigual brands itself as “atypical Spanish wear,” and isn’t a likely partner for Lacroix, escaping the bold, abstract prints that often adorn t-shirts and dresses. Two New York stores may compete with the likes of H&M and Topshop, so could this collaboration be a new evolution for the designer-does-High Street trend? Longer partnerships that span more than one season, couture-like aspects that mean better tailoring, and more conceptual, comprehensive collections: but do already employed designers have the time?

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Loeffler Randall discountinues RTW

The Daily Front Row’s The Fix reported yesterday that Jessie Randall is discontinuing the RTW aspect of her line, Loeffler Randall. Instead, she and her husband and business partner Brian Murphy are focusing on their famous, CFDA Swarovski Award-winning shoe line. RTW launched in 2007 but Fall 2010 symbolized the final presentation for the line.

A bridal line and collaboration with SUNO are still in the works, and considering that the RTW line wasn’t conspicuously covered anyway, Randall should still be happy. Celebrities are still fascinated by Loeffler Randall shoes — which range from flats to full-on boots — and Randall often sends or designs shoes for models to wear in other designers’ shows, too.

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Fashion TV shows: the new lineup

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Gossip Girl returns Monday, the 24th, but make way for more shows, too, including spinoffs and old favorites. Here’s the new lineup for spring, and beyond:

Lauren Conrad’s new docu-style show for MTV has already started filming, but no title or start date have been confirmed. Expect lots of behind-the-scenes design stuff: meetings, sketches and hopefully, party hopping and schmoozing.

Whitney Port’s Hulu show launched today. Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend tests different guys’ ability to complete “perfect boyfriend tasks” in a non-ironic Legally Blonde stylized format. I’m not sure this one will last.

Olivia Palermo is getting her own show, too, and apparently her own fashion line. She’s played coy about the actual plot so far, but my guess is that it will involve lots of European fashion shows and editorial shoots, ie, posing.

Final City spinoff news (I hope): Erin Kaplan is leaving ELLE for a new position as head of PR at Teen Vogue. There’s been no confirmation of the cameras following her to TV but Fashionista remembered that EIC Amy Astley recently divulged that the magazine is working on a new show, and Kaplan certainly has the clout and following to start it off right.

Now here’s one I’m really excited about: Kelly Cutrone is getting a new show, and you don’t even have to be in the fashion industry to receive some of her bitchy-with-a-spoonful-of-love career advice. She’s currently casting “talented, motivated, and dedicated young adults (appear to be 18-23) who want to showcase their talents and passions.” If you’re cast, Kelly will tell you if you have what it takes to make it — on camera, and in front of millions of people.

And finally, The Rachel Zoe Project: Season 4 will happen, and will be all about Baby Zoe. More importantly, will we finally learn what happened with the split from Brad?

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Doonan replaced at Barneys, Emmanuelle Alt officially in at French Vogue

After reporting that two of the industry’s most influential figures were being replaced — Julie Gilhart at Barneys and Carine Roitfeld at French Vogue — we’ve got more shakeup news.

Doonan — Barneys Creative Director, windows designer and all-around lovable character — is out now, too. He’s been replaced by W editor Dennis Freedman. Doonan’s now the “creative ambassador-at-large,” which sounds more like a title than an actual position, and something he’s been doing for years anyway, through goofy YouTube videos, email blasts, and styling projects. The man radiates positivity and creativity.

And at French Vogue, Emmanuelle Alt has been named the new EIC. She was the obvious choice and will be ushered in officially on February 1. She was chosen, in part for being “respected as both a fashion editor and as a stylist,” Conde Nast France President Xavier Romatet told Still wondering about what’s next for Carine…

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Stella saves me from the winter fashion blues

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I’ve been in a fashion/style funk the past few months. I’m having a hard time finding what I want in stores, and I’m wholly unenthusiastic when I look into my own closet. This isn’t an “I don’t have anything to wear” issue; it’s an “I don’t know how I want to put it all together” scenario. I’m uninspired.

But today on Twitter, I found a silent video of Stella McCartney’s Resort 2011 presentation in New York. Fall and winter are usually my favorite months for fashion, but there’s something about the freshness of Siri, the coolness of Stella’s prints, and the shot of watermelon being flipped on the grill that injected a little flicker of excitement for what’s going to fuel my creativity in the next few months. Magdalena F. models the entire collection on, but the video packs more of a punch if you’re looking for a holistic awakening. Thank you, Stella!

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