John Galliano’s Fall 2009 show was everything you’d expect from him. Magical, bold, daring and extravagant. Every season he comes up with a completely different collection; his inspiration seems to come from an inexhaustible source. His newest masterpiece was all about Russian folklore. A fluorescent bubble snowstorm was raving on the runway which looked more like a portal to another magical world.
The show started with broad-hipped, full-skirted baboushka coats and extreme exaggerated hips followed by traditional folklore attire which were adorned with tons of ornaments and embellishments. Galliano’s passion for detail was clearly visible in the lavishly crafted headdresses, belts and sky high laced platform pompom boots. The color palette was a bit muted for Galliano. A lot of greys, blacks and browns were used, but every now and then a stroke of blue or orange would brighten up the runway.
Towards the end of the show there was an explosion of sheer floor-length dresses which seemed more like Galliano’s traditional territory that were reminiscent of Russian ice princesses or spooky ghost brides.
Galliano’s Fall 2009 collection was not meant for the masses and I am so curious to see if, apart from the occasional high fashion editorial, any of the pieces will find their way onto the streets or on the red carpet.
Siberian Ice Princesses