‘Galliano the gardener’ woos Paris with flowers
Dior’s John Galliano turns on the flower power for Paris haute couture week
The British designer John Galliano, never known for being a shrinking violet, wooed Paris on the opening day of the autumn/winter 2011 haute couture shows with an explosive collection of floral-inspired ballgowns.
Among the front row A-listers sharing what Galliano called his "floral moment" were the British model Lily Cole and Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, who could be seen making sketches of each outfit. Hollywood actress Jessica Alba also seemed inspired by the collection, telling reporters: "I loved it, I want to be every flower in Galliano's garden."
The eccentric Brit, who is head designer at Christian Dior, unleashed full-skirted, silk tulle evening dresses in techni-colour bursts of violet, marigold orange and peony pink as well as ceylon blue straight from Avatar's planet Pandora.
Tulip-shaped skirts, jackets adorned with silk hydrangeas and dresses printed in lilac also featured in the collection. Meanwhile the models' towering hairdos were wrapped in cellophane - like bouquet wrapping - courtesy of London milliner Stephen Jones.
Galliano, who appeared at yesterday’s show at the Rodin Museum sporting a straw boater, said the collection had been inspired by the summer garden at Christian Dior's childhood home in Normandy.
There was one thorn in the Galliano garden, however. Suzy Menkes, fashion editor at the International Herald Tribune, described the show as "extraordinary, exceptional, but not quite the jolt of modernity that 'Galliano the gardener' might have hoped for". ·