John Galliano decided to surprise his audience by taking them to a Winter wonderland at Paris Fashion Week.
It was literally winter atmosphere with no heating on, the wind sweeping through the show space, the fog creeping over, and the snow falling.
The impression was fantastic. It seemed that the designer wanted to take everyone as far as possible from the current financial worries, make them forget that something existed outside the place.
And when the first model stepped out on the catwalk all the attendees realized it would be a fabulous show, nothing like they had seen before. And it was!!!
Galliano focused his collection A/W 2009/2010 on Russian-Ukrainian motives at Paris Fashion Week. Girls were walking down the runway in pannier-hipped, full-skirted coats; balloon-sleeved peasant blouses; bodices; folklore-inspired costumes; long evening gowns – all of that were lavishly decorated with embroidery, tinkling coins, little chains, sequins and huge round items that reminded me of wheels for some reason (they were in each attire and looked great whether they were used as necklaces or a belt decor).
The Fall 2009 line was created mostly in bright red and blue hues but among other colors widely used were grey, white and black. The eveningwear was light, basically in grey tones, but it seemed to be almost nonexistent in sheer chiffon it was made of.
What attracted my attention as soon as I saw the range were the shoes – carved wood lace-up platform heels with pom poms attached.
They looked terrific! I hope we will see such boots as a trend in some of forthcoming seasons!
What else certainly deserve attention are the headpieces: huge and very noticeable and then rather modest but still nice, with lots of coins, ribbons, chiffon details, fringes, flowers, etc.
Each girl wearing such a ‘hat’ looked pretty feminine and sophisticated.
Toward the end, the show moved into more traditional Galliano territory with a sequence of spun-silver bias – cut dresses that had all the delicate romance his fans adore.
The show was magnificent both technically and concerning fashion. Nice color palette, beautiful designs, and the whole atmosphere of a fairy-tale were intended for those who wished to find a place of comfort and surrealism.
The garments were magnificent but they are more haute couture-like rather than ready-to-wear clothes. However, some of the items look really great and can be used successfully in a fashionista’s wardrobe
Probably it is some kind of escapism but don’t we need that sometimes? I think we do.
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