Now that we know that Bill Gaytten has taken the stage for John Galliano’s men’s line, we can finally take a breath and look at the fashion collection itself. So how was it and how did others perceive it?
As John Galliano is on (possible permanent) hiatus the show must still go on, and on it went. Paris owned men’s fashion this year with wacky menswear to extremely tailored looks and the Galliano Label under Bill Gaytten is a lovely combination of both.
Bill Gaytten, 51 has taken over the unprecedented task of replacing John Galliano for his men’s namesake John Galliano label. The collection really focused on three silhouettes and styles of dress, a very lax individual with pyjamas bottoms and robes as company, a hot book worm, and a gentleman from the south complete with ascot.
For evening wear the gents were wearing a whole lot of nothing and looked confident and comfortable with their choice to do so. After the five or so looks with half naked men came guys dressed in black. Bill Gaytten must think evenings should always be a party. With black ties, super tight black satin pants and matador/military jackets the dress code was apparently centered around rebellion. Some of the details on the evening wear was very ornate and combined perfectly placed stitch work that made an otherwise simple black military jacket become some pinnacle in a Pret-a-Porter collection.
At times it felt as if Galliano was in the room… but then again it could have been the doppelgangers who took Galliano’s place on the catwalk and strut the Galliano march all their own. Though many agree it would have been a competition as the models mimicked the flashy designer down to the flamboyant hats. I have to thank Bill for the haute couture element to the show as I really think the belief that Galliano would have wanted it that way was ever present. Not to mention Bill’s experience with Galliano over the past 23 years on Galliano as well as the Christian Dior fashion house.
After the last look walked the aisle Gaytten peeked out around the corner and did a quick bow for the media and was no match for the thunderous applause from the sardine packed runway show. It did however seem that The owner of the John Galliano label as well as the Christian Dior CEO, Sidney Toledano smiled to himself as the show ended as if only to soak in the praise of a smart business decision that was well executed.