More re­laxed at­mos­phere at Gal­liano show

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

JOHN Gal­liano – the la­bel, not the man – pre­sented its au­tumn-win­ter col­lec­tion on Sun­day in the in­ti­mate sur­round­ings of a Parisian sa­lon, and in a far more re­laxed at­mos­phere, af­ter a week that saw the spec­tac­u­lar fall from grace of the iconic Bri­tish cou­turier.

Eschew­ing Gal­liano’s sig­na­ture pas­sion for big­ger-than-life the­atrics, the lower-key pre­sen- tation saw some of the world’s top mod­els emerge from a tall mir­rored door into two ad­join­ing draw­ing rooms to pose in a lim­ited num­ber of out­fits with an un­mis­tak­able 1920s flavour.

No­tabl e a mong t he g ues t s was Si d ney Toledano, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Chris­tian Dior, which abruptly fired Gal­liano – set to face trial for al­leged anti-Semitic re­marks – on day one of Paris fash­ion week last Tues­day. Chris­tian Dior holds a ma­jor­ity stake in the John Gal­liano la­bel.

The mood on Sun­day was a world away from the fu­ne­real at­mos­phere that haunted the fullscale Chris­tian Dior show on Fri­day where the ven­er­a­ble Paris fash­ion house res­o­lutely dis­tanced it­self from its chief de­signer of 15 years.

Photo: PAS­CAL LE SE­GRE­TAIN/ GETTY IM­AGES

NEW AP­PROACH: Mod­els pa­rade the John Gal­liano Ready to Wear Au­tumn/ Win­ter 2011/ 2012 col­lec­tion

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