Galliano does it again
Last week I was in Paris to attend the Dior Couture show at the Paris Couture Week. After being heard so much about the brand and its legendary designer John Galliano, I realized that it will be quite an experience being at his Spring/Summer ’11 presentation.
The surprise element however was not the show alone… a day prior to the show I walked into my hotel room to find a heavy bunch of flowers with a sealed envelope attached to it. I wasn’t quite sure as to who could have possibly sent them to me as not too many that I know were aware of the fact that I was in Paris…
It was from John Galliano. I was pleasantly surprised as I read the hand written note saying, “Dear Nair, welcome to Paris…” I realized then that the designer has his way of doing things stylishly… even before his creations hit the fashion runway.
While the stylish crowd waited outside patiently holding umbrellas in the mild drizzle, I saw the President of Chambre Syndicale de la Couture and my long time friend Didier Grumbach walking in with his entourage. He saw me and asked me to walk with him. As we walked we talked about Manish Arora’s appointment as the designer for Paco Rabanne and Didier said it was a good thing to happen for Manish.
By the time we walked inside the venue, the long hall was packed with people. The show started 3 pm on the dot… watching his show is an experience… Galliano’s ability to create elegance through magic, his creations as always spoke of creativity woven well with elements of drama, though I felt that the theatrics that the designer is well known for were kept to a minimum this time. His tulle jackets, silk gowns and wool skirts with intricate embroidery and washes were all inspired by 20th century illustrator Renè Gruau.
At the Dior Homme show a couple of days’ earlier, Belgian designer Kris Van Assche came out with a collection in Cashmere in black, brown, grey and red. His collection comprised of fluid trousers and fitted jackets with ultra narrow lapels. It was different from conventional menswear that one gets to see on fashion runways and the look and feel was slim through the presentation.