John Galliano Spring 2012

John Galliano Spring 2012

Bill Gaytten, charged with the task of delivering a line for John Galliano's namesake label, honed in on the designer's signature aesthetic, save for Galliano's flair for theatrics. Styling was more tempered than Galliano's — soft makeup palettes and simple braids and buns. It made it easier to take in the collection, which was marked by sheer, soft, femininity — in fact, there was hardly a look on the runway that didn't offer a sheer piece. Gowns that beg for the red carpet — preferably with the right slip layered underneath — payed tribute to the feminine, highlighting curves with perfect accuracy. Then there's the ladylike daywear: skirt suits, tailored shorts, and blouses in more playful prints, adorned with flowers and topped with hats, that speak emphatically to Galliano's Parisian sensibility.

  • Trends: feminine, ladylike, sheer, ruffles.
  • Colors: black, white, soft florals, blue, and green.
  • Key Piece: the soft, knife-pleat floral strapless.
  • Accessories: socks, cutout and ankle-strap heels, flat-topped hats.
  • Who Would Wear It: soft, feminine types; Charlize Theron was made to wear one of the sheer, ruffled gowns.
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