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Last night at the British Fashion Awards, Anna Wintour showed up not in Chanel but custom Margiela by John Galliano, which appears to be the first public outing for the brand since Galliano was named creative director in October. According to Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times, it's the first time Wintour has worn anything other than Chanel to a major fashion event.
On stage, Galliano presented Wintour with the Outstanding Achievement award, marking his first public appearance since he stepped into his new role at Margiela. As Friedman points out, the message was clear: Anna Wintour is welcoming Galliano back into the fashion fold with open arms.
The simple design is a step away from traditional Margiela, but Friedman notes that this may be Galliano's way of showing his more humble, post-Dior disaster self. In other news from the evening, Victoria Beckham won Brand of the Year, Nicolas Ghesquière beat out Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons for the award for Best International Designer, Cara Delevingne won Model of the Year, and Harry Styles presented Emma Watson with the British Style Award.
· Anna Wintour Wears Margiela by John Galliano: The Message and the Dress [NYT]
· Confirmed: John Galliano to Lead Maison Martin Margiela [Racked]
· Will Retailers Drop Margiela In Light of John Galliano Hire? [Racked]