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John Galliano

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THEATRICAL GLAMOUR

Paris: One can always expect a novel concept from John Galliano, and this season the designer delivered again. He was inspired this season by Maria Lani, a Polish-born beauty who beguiled some of Paris’ most influential artists in the 1920s, including Matisse, Cocteau and Chagall, convincing them to paint her portrait for a film she claimed to be making. Lani instead sold the work and skipped town. The show was staged as a series of tableaux vivants depicting her portraits, as models with theatrical hair and makeup walked down a gold-plated runway. But putting aside the elaborate backstory and stage-like drama, the garments themselves were wearable and appealing. Spring trench coats were made from sheer organza, and filmy lace was used for kicky skirts and a covetable pink cardigan. Asian-inspired prints on red and turquoise satins had a luxe loungewear feel. Galliano sent a parade of white dresses down the runway for the finale with 1920s-inspired drop-waisted silhouettes, coquettish feathers and Art Deco beading, and the designer took his bow amid a shower of gold confetti, the perfect ending for the over-the-top glamorous show.

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