John Galliano - Spring 2011 RTW

26.12.10

When it comes to unearthing an evocative muse, John Galliano is famously and extravagantly skilled. 


For Spring, it was the fictitious-sounding but real Maria Lani. Passing herself off as an actress, she conned the crème de la crème of the twenties Paris art scene (Matisse, Léger, di Chirico, Chagall, etc.) into painting her portrait and then absconded with some 50 works.

And so the stage was set. That's an appropriate metaphor, considering the venue (the grand Opéra Comique), but it also speaks to the current iteration of a Galliano runway show, which is so much about theatrical elements cushioning the actual fashion. That can prompt critics to question the validity of the latter, but these looks, each meant to be a portrait of Lani with many variations on hair and makeup, had an undeniable beauty that went to the heart of what Galliano does best.

There was the daywear of trenchcoats in lace-edged leather and sheer organza; and then for evening, gorgeous white Poiret-esque gowns with silver beading, and Empire columns with constructed bustiers and a cascade of embroidered petals or feather-trimmed silk. Another standout: the black trench on Yasmin LeBon, with a hem of floral embroidery and flat tiers of ruffles.

Like many others, Galliano used catwalk vets like LeBon, Marie-Sophie, and Angela Lindvall. Seeing them vamp on the gold mirrored runway, you could blur your eyes and pretend it was 1998. Even if it didn't hare off into unexplored territory, today's exuberant and inspiring presentation, which climaxed with a shower of gold confetti, managed to delight a weary fashion crowd. And that's saying something.







John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Karlie Kloss (NEXT)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Irina Bondarenko (ELITE)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Siri Tollerød (MARILYN)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Hannelore Knuts (ELITE)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Karmen Pedaru (ELITE)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Jacquetta Wheeler (VIVA)


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John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Lindsey Wixson (MARILYN)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Hedvig Marie Maigre


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Coco Rocha (MARILYN)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Audrey Marnay (VIVA)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Ataui Deng (ELITE)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Michelle Alves (ELITE)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Sasha Pivovarova (IMG)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Carmen Kass (SILENT)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Georgina Grenville (NEXT)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Ksenia Kahnovich (IMG)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Snejana Onopka (SILENT)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Thana Kuhnen (NATHALIE)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Anouck Lepère (IMG)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Angela Lindvall (IMG)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Yasmin LeBon (ELITE)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Arizona Muse (NEXT)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Melissa Tammerijn (NATHALIE)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Alina Baikova (NEXT)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Frida Gustavsson (IMG)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Marie Sophie Wilson (VIVA)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Inga Savits (VIVA)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Natalia Semanova (ELITE)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Laura Blokhina (VIVA)


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Suzanne Von Aichinger


John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

John Galliano



Verdict - WOW!  Even with the gold flashy runway, my eyes were just on the clothes and nothing else.. Brilliant use of colors!!

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