Now wearing the signature white coat of the house of Maison Martin Margiela, the shamed fashion designer John Galliano who was dismissed from his role as creative director of Dior after a drunken anti-Semitic remark has finally staged his comeback. Stylists and editors from all over the world have flown to London to witness his first catwalk show since 2011, including Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, celebrity shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, and supermodel Kate Moss who was escorted by her husband in the front row.
Needless to say, the bars were set incredibly high as the audience all eagerly waited to find out whether Galliano has lost his touch or retained his genius after taking the plunge of public disgrace.
The much-awaited show kicked off with a bold statement starting with model Nastya Sten who sashayed down the runway in a deconstructed tunic dress trimmed with plastic toy cars and a pair of black-and-white tights. She wore ankle-strapped towering platforms (a signature of Galliano) and a messy ‘do roughly teased over her face.
A more detailed shot of the opening look with black plastic toy cars.
Known for his love for experimenting, Galliano obviously enjoyed deconstructing and constructing pieces for his first Artisan collection for Margiela. His impeccable eye for detail provided the runway with showstoppers in all its luxe and tattered glory worn with statement accessories and perilous platforms.
One of the looks that stole the spotlight was a white-out fairytale frock adorned with lacquered shells and beads which once again reminded us of Galliano’s ability to do haute couture.
Even the beauty department did not escape the theatrics and its mastermind’s playful imagination. The models' eyes were embellished with sequins, their hair artistically sculpted into a glittery romantic ‘do, if not unevenly tousled across their face or veiled by a gold-encrusted mask.
And then, amidst all the surreal Schiaperelli-esque pieces, there came some surprisingly wearable ones — the perfect LBD, a mandarin-collared red velvet gown, and a tuxedo suit — which we weren't really expecting from the alliance of Maison Martin Margiela and Galliano, both very conceptual design entities. Bravo. And in spite of the fact that Galliano's return may not receive a warm welcome from everyone in the industry, let it be known that this brilliant couturier has finally made a comeback— and whether you like it or not, it looks like he's here to stay.
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