Franca Sozzani’s View’s On Fashion.

Article via Refinery29.

Image via Interview Magazine.

Image via Interview Magazine.

For a person whose job is to edit — editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani doesn’t seem to have much of a filter when it comes to giving interviews. From her quick defense of John Galliano immediately after his meltdown to her blog post about the “disease” of fashion bloggers, Sozzani is at once refreshingly candid and embarrassingly out of touch, which has contributed to such revolutionary moves as EIC of Vogue Italia like acting as ambassador of nonprofit Fashion 4 Development and handpicking Steven Meisel, Tim Walker, and Ellen von Unwerth when they were unknown photographers, as well as publishing those now-infamous “slave earrings.”

Her paradoxical POV was really examined in a recent interview given to Fashion Telegraph. Throughout, she gives some highly quotable opinions about creativity, authenticity, and feminism that are oftentimes genius and sometimes contradictory:

On feminism:
“I think women are sometimes much more clever than men because we are used to doing many things at the same time — mother, maker, boss, wife. But I don’t think that by saying I’m a feminist you change the world. It’s by behaving like a feminist. I want to protect other women who can’t stand up for themselves. But at the same time it seems a lot of women behave stupidly because they only want to get married and have kids and have a rich man and beautiful clothes. These women do not deserve anything from me.”

On the fashion elite:
“There is no man who wants to be with a ridiculous woman. It’s only the fashion crowd. They dress to be portrayed by bloggers and street style [photographers]. It became a fashion to be outrageous. We are not celebrities. We are people who work as a messenger, to fashion and readers. We should not become our stars. And anyway, if you become [a star] it is because of what you do, not because you dress this way or you wear these glasses or you have this bag. That’s not the point.”

On creativity:
“Sometimes, yes, I think I am crazy. Why did I do something like that? But at the same time I do not regret it. When you see that you have made wrong, you just have to go on, to try again. […] I cannot live without dreams. If you have a big dream you can make it. So you have to dream on a big scale. Martin Luther King said that he dreamt one day his kids would be appreciated for their character, their knowledge, not the color of their skin. Forty years later we have a black president. So you have to think and fight for the big things. The dreams should be huge. Of course you can dream to have a bag, but that’s a small dream.”

The Best Of Cannes Part II.

Isla Fisher in Oscar De La Renta.

Isla Fisher in Oscar De La Renta.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior.

Jessica Biel in Marchesa.

Jessica Biel in Marchesa.

Joan Smalls in Emilio Pucci.

Joan Smalls in Emilio Pucci.

Marion Cotillard in Antonio Berardi.

Marion Cotillard in Antonio Berardi.

Mario Cotillard in Dior.

Mario Cotillard in Dior.

Kirsten Dunst in Michael Van Der Ham.

Kirsten Dunst in Michael Van Der Ham.

Rooney Mara in Vera Wang.

Rooney Mara in Vera Wang.

Uma Thurman in Atelier Versace.

Uma Thurman in Atelier Versace.

Nicole Kidman in Valentino Couture.

Nicole Kidman in Valentino Couture.

Zoe Saldana in Emilio Pucci.

Zoe Saldana in Emilio Pucci.

Zoe Saldana in Valentino.

Zoe Saldana in Valentino.

The Best Of Cannes 2013.

Marion Cotillard in Alexander Mcqueen.

Marion Cotillard in Alexander Mcqueen.

Astrid Berges-Frisbey in Chanel.

Astrid Berges-Frisbey in Chanel.

Cara Delevingne in Burberry.

Cara Delevingne in Burberry.

So pretty I had to put her twice.

So pretty I had to put her twice.

Carey Mulligan in Vionnet.

Carey Mulligan in Vionnet.

Nicole Kidman in Chanel.

Nicole Kidman in Chanel.

Cheryl Cole in Zuhair Murad.

Cheryl Cole in Zuhair Murad.

Marion Cotillard in Dior.

Marion Cotillard in Dior.

Doutzen Kroes in Atelier Versace.

Doutzen Kroes in Atelier Versace.

Nicole Kidman in Giorgio Armani.

Nicole Kidman in Giorgio Armani.

And The Fashion Palm D’or Goes To: Roberto Cavalli.

There were loads of incredible dresses this past May in Cannes. However no designer created as many good ones as the king of the animal print: Roberto Cavalli. Here are some of my favorite looks by the designer.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio

Cindy Crawford.

Cindy Crawford.

Georgia May Jagger

Georgia May Jagger

Olivia Palermo.

Olivia Palermo.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio

Isabel Marant For H&M!!

original article published in The Daily Telegraph.

Isabel Marant is the latest high-end designer to collaborate with high street giant H&M – and it’s set to sell out in a store near you this November.

Sharpen those elbows, H&M have just announced yet another stellar designer collaboration. This time it’s French designer Isabel Marant who will be responsible for all-night queues and shop floor rage come November 14.

READ: Isabel Marant reveals inspiration behind her must-have wedge trainers

The collection of must-have clothing and accessories inspired by Marant’s signature laid-back Parisian style will be available in 250 stores worldwide as well as online – and there will be menswear too, which will mark Marant’s first foray into catering for men.

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Marant founded her eponymous label in 1994 and quickly became a favourite with Paris’s fashion editors. She found worldwide fame in the late 2000s when her nonchalantly sexy aesthetic won over the likes of Kate Moss, Kate Bosworth and Miranda Kerr. Though her clothing remains popular season after season, she’s perhaps best known for her two global footwear hits, the sell-out hidden-wedge hi-top trainers , and her ‘Dicker’ suede ankle boots with a cowboy feel, both of which spawned million of lookalikes by both high street and high-end brands.

READ: Isabel Marant: ‘I am my own muse’

“We are excited to have Isabel Marant as a guest designer at H&M. The way she mixes different elements in her collections, creating a style that is effortless and urban, makes her very contemporary,” said Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M. “She has a fantastic eye for ethnic detail and the rare ability to create something that people really want to wear. We are sure the H&M customers will be enthusiastic about this collection.”

Let’s just hope it doesn’t sell out before we can get our hands on it…