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John Galliano Spring 2010

"We had faces!"
Style.com sets the scene:

"It came from a research trip to L.A.," Galliano said. "I went around the old houses of Hollywood and imagined how stars like Tallulah Bankhead, Lillian Gish, and Mary Pickford lived." It gave him an ideal justification for playing to his strengths in poetically glamorous chiffon; bias-cut little nothings; fragile, delightful plissé puff-shouldered blouses and bed jackets; and coats symbolically decorated with clusters of flowers made out of film gel. Galliano's color sense—the ice blues, silver lamés, powder pinks, and lemons—was exquisite; it was his fashion version of Sunset Boulevard."

In a lot of ways, it's typical Galliano, which sounds a bit dismissive but isn't meant to be. What we mean by that is it's the usual melange of rich textures and colors in a tightly realized theme. For most of his career, Galliano has been defining beauty on his own terms and this collection is no different. Romantic, rich, detailed and over the top, this collection, like most of his work, is a feast for the eyes that also manages to evoke a strong emotional response as well. We love.























































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122 comments:

Seriously? This stuff is a mess. If anyone besides John Galliano had created this collection they would be laughed at.


Wow, I thought I was going to love this based on the intro, but I just can't make heads or tails of it visually! Except for those shoes, which are pretty freaking awesome (as objects. Obviously, not as shoes.)


Halfway through looking at these screens, I had to back up and start over because I realized that I was only looking at the background gimmicks. Honestly.

However, I'd love to have those shoes as decorations on my end-tables.


I adored the jackets in frames 8, 10, 19, and 20. The rest left me cold.

Clearly there is a fine line between clothing as art and thrift store trashy disaster.

Seriously, this reminded me of PR Season 1's thrift store challenge. Every single garment produced in that challenge was better then these.

Even if you view this as wearable art, I think it crosses the line to where those who are shown it as "fashion" are all willingly deluding themselves.


Sorry, I don't know how it posts before I finish typing my name!


Also: The socks remind me of the things my Mom used to put me in for mall beauty pageants. And considering the luck they gave me, these girls are well on their way to having a closet full of bent plastic tiaras.


It's kind of a mess, but really beautiful. You can feel the richness and detail in it. They are super abstract, and although I don't know how wearable they are, they are gorgeous to look at.

The only thing I don't like: the heels of the shoes! Idk I'm just not down with them.


Ok, I can deal with socks and heels. But you will never get me to like socks and open-toe heels.

I couldn't concentrate on the clothes because I'm so in love with the staging and whatever those smoke-filled bubbles are. If this collection was on a bare runway I doubt I'd like it at all.


LOVE MAJOR

I love seeing shows that are kinda silly but actually have pieces people can wear.


Mary-Kate and Ashley are gonna love this.


I wonder if Galliano would have been aufed, had he presented any one of these for the PR movie challenge.


that lacey cream-colored jacket is to DIE FOR.


The red dress with the dark red circle over the crotch area looked like a period stain. Kinda gross but true.


Wow, the red period dress is awful; you can see the wet stain...


I was so distracted by the damn balloon things that were falling all over the place that it took me awhile to notice the 'fashion' (using the term loosely here) that was going down the runway. This show must have been a bitch to photograph.


Love this stuff.

Obviously, Galliano is not living in some bubble and pays attention to what is actually going on.

This is close to what a good many young women I know are wearing and MAKING. This stuff looks so much like the "Up-cycled" and Steampunk aesthetic.

I really like just about every look.


BTW, I think the dark circle over the crotch area on the red dress is actually a shadow from the balloon falling in front of the model. Like I said, a bitch to photograph....


How can you ever go wrong with Galliano? So much playfulness, so many options...

Everything on that catwalk can be customized to individual style!


It is typical Galliano, I agree.
A little too much theatrics makes it difficult so see the clothes! But if you focus on the individual pieces (notice the signature lapels on some of the jackets) they are stunning and beautiful. True I would not wear them exactly as they are presented in the show.Who does?


Not my thing but the staging and overall look was entertaining and artistic.

Is that Shannon from MMAS in look 21 (frames 27-28)? Hard to tell-- a lot of the models look like Shannon because the makeup style makes many of the models look like her!


Galliano's my favorite designer, but this was not my favorite collection from him. It's pretty, but I didn't get an emotional response from anything except the white red carpet dress and some of the thin knit (?) overshirts with diamond patterns formed by piecing the fabric.

Man does know how to put together a collection. And those shoes? To die.


None of it seems to fit. It looks like they went to a thrift store, pulled clothes randomly off the racks, and just threw them on.

And those shoes look like a broken ankle. Sorry, but they do.


That's funny, Finn, I was thinking exactly the opposite. I hated this because I was so distracted by the bad styling and all the staging theatrics, but I think I would have loved it on a bare runway.


it's circus time - the clothes are so ridiculously busy that dropping balloons on them actually helped. we seem to be in a time where nobody knows what they're sure of. even i'm not sure i'm writing this right now........


Having a lifelong interest in historical costume, I appreciate the references to previous eras -- I'm seeing influences harking from around 1915 to about 1940, updated in interesting ways.

That said, it all ends up looking kind of messy to me -- sloppy and all over the place, very 'thrift store didn't have my size'. To quote Tim, it's a lot of look, too much look in many cases. Whoever above who said Mary-Kate and Ashley will be all over this is right on the money IMO. It's got that upscale bag lady look they favor.

The sad kewpie doll makeup is distinctive. Wonder if that will catch on.


Wow.

That's a lotta lookS. I need to process and will pass verdict soon.

But wow. I don't even know what to look at first. Which is frustrating but kinda cool at the same time.

And as much of a hater of the shoe designs lately, I kinda love these.


I love the collection, LOVE, but is the world really ready for anal-beads on shoes?


Yeah, I don't get this at all. I sense Galliano's contempt for his clients, and the fashion press. The socks are ridiculous.


@ Julia-- according to Style.com that model is Vlada Roslyakova--though Shannon from MMAS would be entirely at home in this milieu.


I love the shoes but I'm not sure if the rest of it awesome or lazy.


I kind of like the way all the models are styled to bear a family resemblance to Galliano.


honesty.not.pc

Some individual peices I love but a lot of the models look like they got dressed in the dark and then ran through a gauntlet of teenagers armed with glue guns and buckets of crap from a craft bin.

Hate the makeup and styling.


Those shoes are bananas.


The only thing I liked about this collection was the wild range of colors and fabrics. Kind of like "Nightmare on Mood Street".
Some of the gowns at the end could be quite beautiful, retooled a bit, especially the yellow one.
Overall, entertaining show as usual for Galliano, but more like an amateur production of Cirque de Soliel.
The shoes are just more ridiculousness masquerading as something that could actually be worn on one's feet. Blech.
If my comment here seems disjointed and nonsensical, it's because I viewed this collection a few times, and each time, my thoughts became more and more disjointed and nonsensical!!!!!


Overwrought. Now, subtracting out the distracting but-by-god-dramatic staging, and then deconstructing the ensembles into individual pieces - there's a lot to like and a few pieces to love.

I favor the jackets, I think not just because I love a good jacket, but because it's easier for me to see how strong they'd be in a "cleaner" presentation. I found it hard to tell which gauzy or blousy or inexplicable piece was attached to the next, and which were separable.

Example: it's hard for me not to like a piece in a nice yellow - but the chaos puts me off the long gauzy yellow gown in row 19 (the one with the wonderful procession of tiny yellow buttons down the side). It is being worn over Ma Kettle's formal-occasion blue house dress, yes? Except the house dress had the sleeves removed and there's a short sleeved over shirt made of dotted/flocked gauze veiling from a detective film? or is the dotted/flocked gauze attached to the blue sleeveless 30's house dress-looking layer??


P.s. The shoes are cartoon shoes come to life. Now, whether that's good or bad is in the eyes of the beholder. I feel like it's something a designer does because they can. It satisfies a desire unrelated to producing objects that people (vs. paid models) might actually wear.


The styling - too much makeup, kewpie doll look, ankle socks with heels, over-the-top turbans - all made me think of three year old girls playing dress-up in mom's clothes.


So, Galliano's inspiration was zombies of the 20s and 30s? A little undead Clara Bow, a little revenant Myrna Loy and Bob's your uncle?

There are some great pieces here, once you strip away the styling, great textures and lovely details.
Veri


I like the color story, but the designs are just too overwrought. It looks like Jerell on acid to me. And not in a good way.


I couldn't figure out whether I liked it or not until I realized it was making me smile. It doesn't make any sense and certainly no one would wear these looks right off the runway, but there's so much there to work with, and so much colorful fun -- I like it.

That said, I can never get behind the use of red eye makeup, or quantities of pink or red so high on the cheek that they seem like eye makeup gone wild. Models made up that way always, always look as if they have been crying, and I can't figure out why designers and stylists inflict that look upon anyone.


Individually the pieces are breathtaking; together they're a hot mess. His shows have become so predictable that I yawn - I'd be more surprised and impressed if he left the over the top make up and props and showed off his clothes in front of a minimalist backdrop and with no props.


A beautiful mess????

The only mess is the John Galliano signature styling mess for the runway! Beautiful messes are a John Galliano trade mark that make his shows great. Each piece is beautiful and if I could afford it I would buy almost every piece and where it in my own way. This is the whole point of John Galliano designs. He puts things together in his way which is....well quite messy and thus gives you the freedom to create your own personal beautiful mess or clean up and tone down his mess. The choice is ours!

NOTE: Luckily bebe knocks off almost all of his stuff and sells it at an obtainable price point.

TampaBay


So, I'm the only one who thinks the heels look like you-know-what beads?? Seriously, they probably only sell those shoes in the back room.


I f-ing love this collection. Everything is perfect. From the runway presentation, to the clothes. I love the 20's vibe. There is some nice pieces that I see Drew Barrymore wearing in the future that would look great on her.


Taken as a whole it looks like Courtney Love styled the collection, but the individual garments are quite lovely and if I was rich and skinny there are a number of items I would want in my closet.


the beads do resemble a, ahem specific, stype of bead, which puts a horrible picture in my head. But that being said, I totally loved these shoes.


I desperately need a dry ice bubble machine and that Soul 2 Soul remix.


The only looks that worked for me -- as idea or clothing -- were the dress + jacket in row 10, and the gauzy olive green gown just below it.

Otherwise, messymessymessy looks and amazing makeup that exaggerates the look of 1920s Hollywood beauty.


Thank you, Tom and Lorenzo, for all of the time you have taken to post about the Spring shows. I've looked at several additional collections online, and I have this question:

How do you all believe what is being shown for Spring will translate to what we see on the street?

For example, one of the biggest influence I've seen from FA 09 shows is in shoes.

Thoughts?


Anonymous on 10/11/09 at 6:09 PM asked...How do you all believe what is being shown for Spring will translate to what we see on the street? Thoughts?

Silk, gauze, chiffon and charmeuse dresses with shrunken jackets or exaggerated long blazers just thrown on. Platform shoes/stilts and strange earrings. A high end vintage look with no pieces being from the same decade.

TampaBay


Anonymous 4:02 said

So, Galliano's inspiration was zombies of the 20s and 30s? A little undead Clara Bow, a little revenant Myrna Loy and Bob's your uncle?

LOL!


TampaBay said...

Anonymous on 10/11/09 at 6:09 PM asked...How do you all believe what is being shown for Spring will translate to what we see on the street? Thoughts?

[stuff omitted] . . . A high end vintage look with no pieces being from the same decade.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
One can only hope. (The 80's aren't vintage yet, right? Doesn't that take 25+ years?)


Not my favorite Galliano collection, but still very interesting to look at; I'm disappointed with the shoes, they look cheap.


I love Galliano and recognize that his pieces are totally not for everyone, that his styling is over-the-top and often baffling and seemingly unflattering, but I am disturbed that this translates into "thrift store".

I don't think that a designer of his caliber reaches this stage on the international fashion front by making clothes that are falling apart at the seams, missing buttons, consisting of cheap fabric and mass market poor quality accoutrements.

That would be why I might put something down as "thrift store"; I would respectfully like anyone who wants to to defend this.

It's a derogatory thing to say, solely based on negative opinion and not actual experience examining his clothes.

MaryLu


I love the clothing, but it is a bit of sensory overload all at once. If you take away the styling and the shoes, than the look is accessible for a lot of women. The chiffon flapper dresses are exquisitely done, but the little puff shouldered blouses are the most accessible for ordinary women.


I don't love it but I appreciate how over the top and interesting it is. I really hate the shoes however.


All I could think as I scrolled through is that this is going to be remembered as the year of the crazy-crazy bag lady in the Ziggy Stardust shoes.


formerlyAnon on 10/11/09 at 6:44 PM asked... (The 80's aren't vintage yet, right? Doesn't that take 25+ years?)


@formerlyAnon-per my friend who owns a vintage store and a consignment shop (2 different stores) in...where else...Tampa, Florida..anything over 20 years old is considered vintage so we are looking at anything pre-1989 to be considered vintage per my friend.

TanpaBay


The make-up is a work of art all on it's own. In fact, I think the make-up might just be upstaging the clothes (which is a major feat with Galiano).

--GothamTomato


Is it just me, or does it feel very 1920's inspired?


Is it just me or does this collection feel rather 1920/30's inspired? The silhouettes feel very reminiscent of that time period. Maybe it's just me. Over all I kind of felt "meh" about the collection.


Those shoes need to be in my closet. INCREDIBLE!


i'm not dorothy gale

It's tawdry chic, with see-through dresses and granny panties in full evidence, right down to the pink bow on the peche. Me oh my!


My favorite part was "Whatever Lola Wants."


Some of these pieces individually are pretty amazing. I think the combo and styling is pretty distracting and detracts from the intricacy and beauty of some of the pieces. A few of the gowns are knockouts.


The yellow dress is gorgeous, however I'm picturing it WITHOUT the shirt underneath


The jacket, fifth set down...I would LOVE to own that.

It's a little over the top as far as how the whole collection goes together, but I see where he's coming from and I can appreciate it. Even if some of it is just so insane.


looks like the stuff the bag ladies get from the trash


Bad Depression-era grab bag.

The cream jacket in the first look is beautiful, though, and I thought the yellow jacket was fine, too.

Otherwise, when does the vaudeville troupe leave town?


The Great Gatsby meets Zombieland.

There was 1 jacket and 1 dress minus jacket that looked interesting. But the theatrics were too much, too overpowering.

About shoes---sorry but those are simply FM's with broken ankles and waiting litigation attached.


The styling (hair, makeup) made the models look unkempt and suicidally depressed.

Where's the joy and excitement of creation in THAT?


MaryLu,

if you read this- some may be using the term "thrift store" as a pejorative.

I am perfectly happy with applying the term since
it doesn't have any negative connotations for me.

Some of us go into thrift stores and have a great time finding stuff to alter to suit our tastes. I live in the Hamptons and happily go to "thrift stores" to find designer frocks to cut up.

And with unemployment levels rising and a crappy economy, maybe more people should consider doing the same.

Yeah, you can just buy second hand stuff and look retro. For some of us, it's more fun to play around and add some oddment.

Go on Etsy (where Louise from Project Runway sells her corsets) and you'll find some extremely talented designers reworking thrift store finds.

Is fashion just art to see on the runway or art to make yourself and wear for the fun of it?

Heaven forbid you wear something funky, someone may laugh at you.


I'm not really crazy about this one. Not much new or interesting -- seen it in the mid-90's already. And what's with that red dress that looks like the model peed on herself or spilled something in her lap? Yikes.


I'm open to the idea that ankle socks can work for adult women, but I've yet to see it.

I would agree it is typical Galliano except I found it to be emotionally flat.


fashionablylate

The styling is awful, the bubbles are cool, and the last handful of dresses are pretty awesome - the rest is pure fug.


refariel—

Thanks for your thoughtful response.

My issue does come from the point of view that "thrift store" as used by certain posters IS pejorative.

I agree completely with the points you have made about repurposing thrift and vintage store finds to create one's own look, re-sewing, adding decorative elements. I have NO problem with that; in fact, I like the idea very much.

You said: Heaven forbid you wear something funky, someone may laugh at you.

Believe me, I have never subscribed to that philosophy, and I don't think anything I said in the original post would make someone think that about me. After all, I did say I love Galliano. I'm an artist, and I create "funky" myself.

MaryLu


if any of the contestants on project runway sent anything like the outfit from row 12 down the runway, they'd get auf'd

i'll be happy when he gets canned from dior...i'm so over him...this gypsy thing is tired an overdone...the show is just always the same with the theatrics and the makeup...unimpressive, messy, comfortable (he's done it 1000 times already)...


As surprised as I am to say this, I did not expect to love the collection the way I do. Ordinarily, I'd agree with the "hot mess" verdict of many, but then I took a good look at the clothes, without paying attention to the styling. They really are exquisite.

My favorite two pieces are the black miniskirt that looks as though it was made from a trench coat, and the ethereally beautiful black gown in the second from the bottom row. Look at the photo when you click on it; I think you'll agree that it's gorgeous.

The shoes? Meh. Art to wear for a minute, that's all.


I love the jackets and a lot of the pieces as separate items. I can actually see wearing and loving some of these but...all of these clothes together? It's a big hot mess.

Catherine Wood Hill
http://www.lagrandedame.com


(Another Julia, the old one)

This reminds me of the days when one could find Pre- WW1 Worth and women's suits from the thirties and early forties in shops on the lower levels at Pike Place, and hippie chicks went about in their grandmother's sheer summer dresses and their grandfather's repurposed topcoats. Which is not a bad thing, but very much a "seen it before" thing.

I will say, though, this collection and its styling would be a wonderful look for a high end production of The Threepenny Opera


He made even Chanel Iman look shiteous. How did he manage to do such a thing? FUGLY and fail up in this thread.


Hey TLo,

I am sure this is too much to add to your already overflowing plates, but it would be lovely if the frames were numbered. It takes a long time to count frames, when, for example, someone comments about Shannon from MMAS and you want to see if it's her. Just an idea—ignore and move on.


Julia said...

I will say, though, this collection and its styling would be a wonderful look for a high end production of The Threepenny Opera


Wouldn't that go against Brecht's anti-consumerist ideologies? (Not that I disagree with you.)


A fashion show featuring homeless clowns and homeless Mardi Gras partiers - the day after.


I had to look at this 3 separate times to appreciate some of the looks. There are several dresses/pieces I liked, but taken all at once it was too much.
As for the shoes, I'm just counting down the days waiting to see who shows up on the red carpet with those pearl heels first.


I love it. There are so many beautiful pieces, especially the jackets and coats. I just love that floral coat (trenchcoat?)! I like the way that he piles everything on...it gives the show a unique quality.

The only thing I don't like is the shoes. They are inconsistent with the whole Hollywood 1920s/1930s vibe.


The coat in picture number 4 is the one I was talking about. I really love it. The lace jacket in the first picture is awesome, too. Hell, I love all the jackets.


The thing I hate about the shoes is the platforms. They are just clunky-looking and ugly. That is the price of the ultra-high heels, I know, but I'm sick of it.


I was surprised to see the comments were so negative! I though the collection was lovely.

I adore the yellow trench style coat and the long black dress. Also, that olive (?) colored coat in one of the middle frames reminds me of a Vivienne Westwood Red Label suit jacket I was dying to buy.

Overall, a lot of the pieces were wearable as separates and could be incorporated into any woman's wardrobe.

I wasn't a huge fan of the shoes. They didn't have the appeal that some of the other spring runways had so far (i.e. the genius of Alexander McQueen).


Just in time for halloween


I love the clothes, but thought the presentation (even with smoke balloons) was a little lackluster and a little chip. The girls also seemed to be having a hard time negotiating the turn at the end of the runway, didn't they?

Especially loved the thrifty housedress lingerie dresses (chanel iman) & that wildly draped orange number with the yellow socks. And the jackets.

And the styling.


Love the collection (oh, love it).
Can't wait to start working on the vintage ideas for imitation, TampaBay.

And LOVE the styling with the silent-film makeup, the thin brows, and the vampy pouts. !!!!!

I am of two minds about the shoes, though.


Just goes to show -- there's no accounting for taste. An overwhelmingly positive response to the McQueen reptile pieces that looked to me like cheap mall rat t-shirt prints. And a pretty negative overall response to this collection, which I think is gorgeous. I love all the retro elements and just wish the lighting had been more conducive to photographs.

*However*, the Foot Fairy or the Ghost of Bunions Past really needs to visit all these designers as they sleep, smack them silly with a giant, ridiculous platform shoe, and remind them that they're wearing comfy flat shoes (probably with arch supports) while they force the gals into these torture chambers. And that it needs to stop.


This collection is more Madwoman of Chaillot than Old Hollywood, but there are some beautiful pieces underneith all those layers. I could see January Jones in the final white gown at the '10Golden Globes...


Not good.


I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!
The MFing baby doll has made it's return. This is BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There it is in pic. 27 looking rediculous and alluring all at once. LORD GIVE ME THE STRENGTH TO RESIST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


beautifulmonday on 10/12/09 at 8:25 AM said...I am of two minds about the shoes, though.

@beautifulmonday-For purpose of clarification, you need to purchase 2 or 3 pars of those shoes, wear them around for a couple of weeks and when you decide you do not like them you can sell them to me at a reduced price! LOL! LOL!

TampaBay


SewSew said...

Just goes to show -- there's no accounting for taste. An overwhelmingly positive response to the McQueen reptile pieces that looked to me like cheap mall rat t-shirt prints. And a pretty negative overall response to this collection, which I think is gorgeous. I love all the retro elements and just wish the lighting had been more conducive to photographs.



Amen, sister! THIS is wearable!


Anonymous on 10/11/09 at 7:28 PM said... I love Galliano and recognize that his pieces are totally not for everyone, that his styling is over-the-top and often baffling and seemingly unflattering, but I am disturbed that this translates into "thrift store".

I think the problem is that many people think Salvation Army and Goodwill when they hear "thrift store".

There are many privately owned "thrift stores" or consignment stores that specialze in pre-worn clothes where a dress or jacket may cost $50-$100.00. They cannot or do not call themselves vintage because they are not selling clothes 20-30 years old. I think of "thrift store" as term defining a look (original color story, differnt designers and different peroids worn at the same time-think Kate Moss) rather than a tern defining quality.

TampaBay


@beautifulmonday-For purpose of clarification, you need to purchase 2 or 3 pairs of those shoes, wear them around for a couple of weeks and when you decide you do not like them you can sell them to me at a reduced price! LOL! LOL!


@ TampaBay: If I could survive a couple of weeks in those, you probably wouldn't want them anymore! :)

Like another commenter said, the shoes seem incongrous to the clothes and so I would probably pass on them because of the beaded heel. (One or two pairs looked nice from the front though.)

Ah- Monday morning is already a tiny bit brighter thanks to beautiful clothes.


I WANT REAL SHOES!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'm serious!

Platforms are "cute" for the first 10 minutes after that they are cruel and unusual punishment (even to those of us that buy good shoes and are used to heels).

Challenge to any designers: design REAL shoes please. SEXY flats--there is a challenge. Or 1-2" heels, another challenge. I'm tired of searching endlessly for flat shoes that are cute, sexy and flattering.


Am I the only person who looks at these shoes and thinks WTF?!!!!!


Whenever I hear that a designer's influence was old Hollywood, I just picture Jay McCarroll bitching about how lame and overused that is for inspiration. I totally agree, but it didn't bother me quite as much with this collection for some reason.

But those flowers made out of film gel pasted onto the coats? Cool in theory, but they really do look haphazard and half-assed.


Used Gerbils 4 Sale Cheap

Those shoes with the ANAL BEAD heels give a whole new meaning to COME FUCK ME pumps (or platforms or whatever the jizz those monstrosities are).


The NY Courier asked Wouldn't that go against Brecht's anti-consumerist ideologies? (Not that I disagree with you.)

Would this be a bad time to bring up the death or the author? Or to paraphrase Dolly Parton about the high cost of looking cheap?

Really, though:I don't dislike this collection, it's just that I feel it draws too heavily on what is essentially a traditional street look without sufficient artistic transformation.


LOVE the shoes with socks.
So disco : )


TheNYCourier said...

I love the collection, LOVE, but is the world really ready for anal-beads on shoes?


No, you didn't. ROFL.


"Seriously, this reminded me of PR Season 1's thrift store challenge."

Amen. That yellow paisley-ish dress with the blue lace straps looks like my college bedspread from the late sixties, same pukey yellow-brown and all. Some things just aren't meant to be recycled, and some of the fabrics in this collection are high on that list.

Total mess.


I did see the Lilian Gish inspirations in the hair/makeup, which was a nice touch. I didn't love the clothes, though. There were a couple that I thought were ok, but not very innovative.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the shoes!!! Definitely the prettiest I've seen all season. I love the '80s pairing with ankle socks more than I though I would.

In summary, good from the neck up and the ankles down.


What were those "balloons" made of? Some bounced on the runway, others exploded. I want them!


Too much crap flying around. I'd have liked to concentrate more on the clothes and less on trying to see them due to ribbons, bits of lace, weird flowers and bows, crazy makeup and balloons flying in front of the camera. Galliano's my favorite ever and I kind of get it, but I'm disappointed.


I've managed to pick a few pieces I liked only after four viewings. There is still quite a bit I don't like, but there *are* some things that I do like. With Galliano, the styling always competes with the clothes but this time it was too much for me. Separately, I can appreciate both more.

NO to the shoes. It makes me wince what they have the poor models walk on - I'd be scared for my life on most of the things that count as "shoes."


I kinda hate the collection. It doesn't help that the styling is nightmarish, and the shoes are appalling.


all i can think of is that scene in "Fly Away Home" (the movie with the Canadian Geese) where Anna Paquin is in the barn going through an old dresser and just putting on everything all at once to play dress up. it's like he made a bunch of really beautiful unrelated clothes and then let a team of seven year olds pick the combinations and styling.


@NYCourier: You comment regarding the shoes had me snorting most unladylike!

I really love the collection. It's very Galliano, very dramatic, each individual piece very beautiful and wearable and though messyly, interestingly styled. If I had the money...

BUT! ...those shoes, I'm simply not ready for them. :)


Julia on 10/12/09 at 12:05 PM said.....Or to paraphrase Dolly Parton about the high cost of looking cheap?

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LOL! LOL!


Really expensive trash.


Are these stills from the video for "Love is a Battlefield"? Are they about to dance at a pimp?


Hm.... a bow tied at the cooter, followed by flowers growing up from the cooter. Not too fond of the boob-horns, either.

There are some individual pieces that I like, but it doesn't seem like any of them are being optimally displayed. And I don't mind clashing/contrasting colors, but a lot of these combinations seem pretty pointless?

No on the shoes (not that anyone is *actually* meant to buy them, I'm sure) but yes on the socks. :)


I don't see as much Galliano as I see Betsey Johnson.


The shoes would be beautiful counter pieces yes, but Galliano got the inspiration for this collection from houses in LA. So yes technically, he took a counter piece and converted it into something you can wear. That's what all these pieces are to me, a brilliant use of color, textiles, and craftsmanship. It's close minded to call it a mess.





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