FLASH FASHION: The ’20s Get A Makeover Courtesy Of Galliano

Sheer outrageousness and over-the-top extravagance are synonymous with a John Galliano affair, and, like his collection for Dior, the designer’s spring/ summer 2011 namesake show was no exception. Bright lights and eccentricity oozed from the runway at the grand Opéra Comique and brought the designer’s propensity for theatrics to the forefront of Paris Fashion Week.

Never one for following trends, the designer forged a new path again this season with Maria Lani-inspired looks that brought a much-needed break from placid minimalism to the fashion world. Tulle head scarves and lace miniskirts outfitted models as they emulated different portraits of the infamous Lani, and a glittering backdrop set the scene for the early 20th century story.

And as hard as it sometimes may be to concentrate on the clothes at one of Galliano’s productions, the looks this season showcased what the designer does best – create impeccable pieces with remarkable flair. Crystal-encrusted gowns and luxurious outerwear were on point for the 1920s setting, while thigh-grazing skirts and belted blazers brought the collection into the 21st century. But without the theatrics of a Galliano show and the flashy style of Maria Lani fresh on your mind, completely sheer dresses and daytime negligés may seem out of place for a woman of today.

Nonetheless, with a show that boasts models carrying gilded frames and a shower of gold confetti at the end, Galliano reminds us of his unparalleled vision and the undeniable force he holds in the fashion industry.

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