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John Galliano embraces Mother Russia

John Galliano embraces Mother Russia

Although Paris had its first day of spring weather Wednesday, snow flurries came down at John Galliano's winter ready-to-wear show _ a breathtaking spectacle inspired by the traditional fineries of Mother Russia and her far-flung provinces.
Models in towering headgear hung with tinkling coins and wearing nip-waisted coats and sculpted skirt suits that were heavy with embroidery paraded down the catwalk as flurries _ mousse, as it turned out _ fell. Colored lasers created a sort of tunnel of light through which the models marched.
Each look was more elaborate than the next.
An ultra-voluminous vest in embroidered gray felt was paired with an equally voluminous skirt which was layered over churidars that gathered a riot of voluptuous folds at the ankle. Add a coin-covered headdress and towering platform shoes with an ingenious cutout base and a pompom and you begin to get the idea.
Other skirts, made what appeared to from boiled wool were sculpted through their ultra-wide hips. Kicky short skits in rich Russian red were worn with white balloon sleeved peasant shirts, cropped suspender vests and lace-up platform sandals punctuated by oversized pompoms that climbed to the knee.
Brides in rose crowns with layers of trailing chiffon veils wore diaphanous gowns with Galliano's hallmark long lean bias cut. Their coin-covered panties glinted from beneath the radiant silver silk.
Galliano appeared at the end of the show wearing riding boots, a swashbuckler moleskin jacket and a tri-corner hat. Puffing his chest, he took a deep bow as the crowd cheered enthusiastically.
"It was fantastic, theatrical, brilliant," gushed studio exec Harvey Weinstein, a front-row guest.


Updated : 2021-08-03 02:35 GMT+08:00