John Galliano Praises Elusive English Designer Paul Harnden

While in town for the opening of the revamped Dior flagship boutique, John Galliano took some time out with Women’s Wear Daily to discuss everything from casting celebrities in his campaigns to his surprise birthday party thrown by Kate Moss. But one thing that caught my attention from the interview was his ardent support for fresh talent, especially a young English designer named Paul Harnden. “You’ll find his stuff in [Paris boutique] L’Eclaireur. I’ve told my French friends and they’ve gone in there to try and find out about him, but he’s very Greta Garbo. He does that rough kind of tweed and stuff. I buy all my stuff from him,” Galliano reveals. Under the label Paul Harnden Shoemakers, his website doesn’t give away much, but I discovered a thread over at The Fashion Spot that confirms the mysterious designer has a cult following for his very worn-in, old times-inspired collection of clothing, footwear, and accessories. Apparently he’s also designed footwear for Japanese cult label Comme des Garçons.

Besides extremely vague promotional videos, the label seems to make it a point to stay under the radar. But when you have someone like John Galliano actively searching for you (“I can’t get ahold of him. I believe he lives in England by the sea. Paul, we love you!”), it might be time to come out and play.

Erin Wasson Lends Hand & Face to Commes des Garcons for H&M

Just in case the look book leak a few weeks back wasn’t enough to get you psyched for Commes des Garcons’ soon-to-debut collection for H&M, Japanese Vogue is adding fuel to the fire. For its November issue, the fashion rag has photographed model Erin Wasson sporting the covetable capsule collection for a spread entitled Soul City.

Wasson styled the shoot herself — layering Commes des Garcons looks atop slip-on Vans, Converse, and Repetto lace-ups. (The model is no stranger to styling, as she’s done it for both Alexander Wang, as well as her own, recently-launched line, Erin Wasson x RVCA, for surfwear brand RVCA.) Altogether, the combo makes for an especially wearable collection. Simply put: As wrong as they may sound, drop-crotch wool capri pants have never looked so good.