JOHN GALLIANO CALLS UPON CHARLIE CHAPLIN FOR RTW SPRING 2011


Bringing the world of flickering silent films to life, John Galliano delivered clothes with contemporary relevance alongside the usual stagecraft. Charlie Chaplin, emerging from a giant clock, was an apt muse for snug blazers and baggy, dropped-crotch bottoms, both perfectly current silhouettes. A handsome lineup of pale, dandyish formalwear was inspired by Buster Keaton and “Death In Venice.” Brief and tight swim trunks, a nod to the Lido, also looked smart and retail friendly. Then the story whipped ahead to present-day Hollywood with an all-black wardrobe of grommeted leather, lace and beading – ironically, the only part that didn’t feel like “modern times.”

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