Bill Gaytten Teaches the Class on Layering
Checkered dresses, neoprene oversized capes and fitted leggings… to which womenswear line am I referring? Why the John Galliano men’s collection for Fall 2014 of course. Bill Gaytten, (who has been designing for the Galliano line since the namesake designers fell from grace some time ago) has literally taken what is cool now… and layered it for my wearing pleasure. What a nice dude.
I am, and always have been, pushing for men to wear skirts. I love them, I think they’re great and they are the single reason women’s fashion is so much of a more interesting industry than the lame ass archaic one we currently have in place for men. That being said, I can’t count how many menswear lines I’ve seen this past year that have included some variation of the men’s skirt. It’s going to happen, I just have to wait another five to fifteen years before it hits mainstream fashion and is commonly worn in the workplace… Okay… maybe a little longer. But it will happen.
The John Galliano line did their part in helping the men in skits etc. cause by introducing what appears to be long coats in the pull-over variety. They are made of thin almost athletic nylon (I’m sensing some Olympic pride here) and are perfect for layering or wearing on their own. I took note on how Gaytten paired these long thin flowing pieces with thicker leathers, neoprene’s and other heavy textiles that you normally would never see together. Take a thin base and add a thick layer on top makes this fashion victim sing with glee every time.
My favorite pieces were the tailored overcoats (I’m so predictable) and the balloon zip-up cropped jackets. Of course this collection was nothing without the layered look on each model and I have to stress that (aside from the dresses) the styling was brilliant and what we should be focusing on.
In the spirit of being fair I want to tell you I really didn’t understand the sewn on patches that looked like hands holding up the number one finger… I just think it was an odd embellishment and, had it not been there… I would have given this entire collection more clout than I currently do. Still good… just not perfect.