Following on from the theatrical performance that was Alexander McQueen’s collection on Tuesday, John Galliano put up a fight for most flamboyant show of Paris Fashion Week with his presentation on Wednesday evening.
Reminiscent of hardy peasant girls on snowy mountain tops, the first half of Galliano’s collection paid homage to the Eastern European folkloric look. Galliano’s updated gypsy look meant trimming swooshing skirts in gold ribbon, studding voluminously sleeved white cotton shirts with crystal motifs and adding highly structured shoulders – definitely the biggest trend for autumn 09 – to matador inspired tops.
In comparison to the Heidi-like daywear, Galliano’s night-time girls shimmered in silver floor length dresses dripping in coins and edged in glittering beading, and platinum fringed gowns feathered to the floor. There was even gilded underwear, which showed seductively through the opaque chiffon veiled dresses, adding an undercurrent of sexiness to contrast with those earlier wholesome mountain girls.