As John Galliano takes some much needed time away from the lime light and the harsh demands of the fashion designer lifestyle a new face takes over his namesake label and delivers a very passable collection.
Bill Gaytten a 51 year old has taken over the challenging task of replacing John Galliano for the men’s collection of the John Galliano line in Paris. The collection showcased three personas in day-wear including disheveled do-gooder, sexy nerd, and southern gentleman from the 1940’s. Then evening wear took over and jumped quickly into the buff where some models were barely dressed at all. From the short but very naked nudity came the men of the night. The evening was a party that had a black tie dress code with a rebellious side to it. The nearly matador detailing boldly stood out on the narrow legged satin pants, ornate stitch work made an otherwise simple black military jacket become some pinnacle in a Pret-a-Porter collection.
At times it seemed like Galliano was in the room… or maybe it was just the models who were spitting images of the man himself right down to the fabulous hats! I did love the haute couture element of the show and I think that portion was in a large way thanks to Bill Gaytten and his experience working with Mr. Galliano himself for 23 years on the namesake label as well as helping out with the Christian Dior fashion house.
After a meek bow from Gaytten came the monstrous applause from the sardine packed showroom. So much so that you would barely realize that John Galliano wasn’t there himself aside from his identifying long winded acceptance walks and costumesque wardrobe. The Christian Dior CEO, Sidney Toledano chuckled and clapped harder than any other in the audience from his front row throne and it seems as though, the cards have laid where the cards were played.