JOHN GALLIANO: A Return to Sensuality
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October 5, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of John Galliano
Paris, France – Spring/Summer 2017 has the irrepressible Galliano woman shifting gears and showing two very distinct sides of her personality. First we find a tougher, more street wise woman. And then we find a very uninhibited sexy side of her. It is nearly like watching twins with opposite, yet with very understanding and accepting mindsets.
Bill Gaytten, artistic director at John Galliano, starts with large, nearly masculine trousers. He pairs them with either delicate tops with revealed lingerie pieces or with sports inspired jackets later in the collection. But the visible bras are just the tip of the iceberg in our discovery of the other aspect of the dual personalities present. The lingerie elements move in immediately and dominate.
We find more lingerie pieces such as the hot pants worn outside as shorts or with the sheer or lace dresses. These dresses then go on to be composed entirely of delicate laces. Soft blue, white, translucent white and black ! And in some of these which are primarily composed of silk and silk chiffon, we fine delicate embroideries.
Though the house of John Galliano is forging its own style direction this season, it does manage to slip in a look that is a wink of the eye to the current frenzy for ruffles. Only one dress really can boast of being part of the craze. Other than that, we do find a few subtle hints here and there of the massive trend, which are generally found on the sleeves of other dresses. But other than that, this is a collection that has pretty much ignored the rufflemania! And Galliano’s option is good for fashion as not everyone will want to look like everyone else in the street.