John Galliano presentation a low key affair

Monday, 07 March 2011
John Galliano was notably absent from the Parisian presentation that unveiled his autumn/winter 2011 collection. The designer is, according to reports, in an Arizona clinic for treatment, but his spirit was vividly evident in an emotionally staged presentation which recalled the romantic and seductive power of his vision.

Last week LVMH Galliano was fired from Dior role as Creative Director after details of an anti-Semitic scandal emerged on YouTube, for which he will stand trial in France this summer.

The president of Christian Dior Couture, Sidney Toledano, was among the audience for Sunday night's showing of the Galliano collection. Toledano had said before the Dior catwalk show last Friday that it had "been deeply painful to see the Dior name associated with the disgraceful statements attributed to its designer, however brilliant he may be."

The intimate presentation, held in a flower and antique-strewn mansion in the Avenue Foch, recalled the glory days of Galliano's early years in Paris.

According to the Telegraph, the models strolled across Turkish carpets in hourglass tweed and wool suiting, fringed and trimmed with fur and accessorised with feathered head-pieces; cashmere cocoon coats with stitched, satin hems; and open-back, printed silk shirts, tucked into draped pencil skirts, lavished with bows on one side.

A tapering, kimono-coat, in celadon-green, lavishly embroidered, and embellished with black fox, evoked Galliano's fascination with the 1920's. A black PVC and black tulle short, belted 'mac', worn with a violet chiffon slip dress, was a reminder of his ability to suggest sensuality.

Image: John Galliano
Source: Telegraph©