John Galliano keeps it bold and beautiful

06 October 2008

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The Location: Atelier de la Villette, a former Paris tram repair shed near the outskirts of Paris in 20th arrondissement, in an area that is very up and coming (but proved a bit of a shock for the fash pack who never normally do double figures).

The People: The regular at all the major shows, birthday girl Dita von Teese, and French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld and her most precious accessory daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld.

The Music: Eliza's song from the Wild Swan Suite by the Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin. More commonly known as the Lloyds TSB advert. Saying that, the best thing was the disco remix that greeted Galliano as he came out to do his usual catwalk (in a workman boiler suit and cap).

The Fashion: Inspired by Regency cartoonist James Gillray, the mood was completely over the top with oversized Napoleonic style hats, immense mop caps à la Little Miss Muffet and feathered bear skins on Madame de Pompadour hairdos - all by the fabulous milliner Stephen Jones. But the clothes were more tamed than you¹d expect from Galliano. No bias cut, trousers or shorts in sight. Instead, the focus was on dresses, blouses and skirts in ice cream colours and water colour floral prints, in fluid chiffon. Our favourites were the aqua silk slinky short dress with gathered bustier top and the mint green collarless four-button coat with outsized bishop sleeves and massive cut-out detail platform strappy sandals.

The Verdict: A girl's dream. You wanted to wear everything. It was so commercial that the fashion buyers from Harvey Nichols and Harrods almost had pound notes flashing in their eyes.


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