Jaunel McKenzie has already been touted as being among the most successful black models, by Ebony magazine in 2008. Years later, she is still intensely and impressively an icon in the global fashion industry–with a reputation comparable to Chanel Iman and Tyra Banks. Titles come and go, but Jaunel has cemented herself as a fashion industry professional, taking on bigger and more influential roles. Partnered with fellow supermodel, Kimanee Wilson, Jaunel has launched FACE, a model development agency.
JM: The concept sparked when we noticed that a lot of models don’t get to reach their full potential because of mistakes they make, due to lack of knowledge and the ability to adapt to the rigorous lifestyle of the industry. A new model is not taught all the necessary information needed to be successful in the industry from the onset. It’s trail and error. With our Invitationals, one will get all the nuggets they need to become a successful model. They are introduced to the full gamut of the industry through a series of intensive sessions led by the industry’s top experts.
John Galliano making a comeback
John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time — a unique, exceptional couturier for a maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion. I look forward to his return to create that fashion dream that only he can create, and wish him to here find his new home.”
It has been a long and slow process of rehabilitation for Galliano, who was fired from Christian Dior and his eponymous fashion house in 2011 following his anti-semitic outburst in a Paris bar. The British designer was subsequently found guilty of hate speech by a French court. He went to rehab and stayed out of the limelight, seeking to make amends for his remarks.
Last year, he took up a three-week residency with Oscar de la Renta. There was speculation that he might take over as creative director, though that was later nixed as Galliano reportedly wanted more money for a big design team. He also nabbed a role as consultant for Russian perfume brand L’Etoile.
Galliano will design for all Margiela lines, including couture and women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, WWD reports. His first collection for Margiela is expected to land in January for Paris Couture Week.
The designer will take over as creative director of the Paris fashion house