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Having been dismissed from Dior nearly four years ago, John Galliano returned to the catwalk yesterday as he presented his first couture collection for Maison Martin Margiela. As you might imagine, intrigue and anticipation were at fever pitch, with only a select crowd of fashion’s insiders receiving invitations to ‘Margiela Monday’ to witness this historic debut.
Hours before the show, Renzo Rosso (president of the OTB group, which owns Margiela) posted a picture of the catwalk, flanked by a single row of chairs only. This was one exclusive fashion show. Of course, the crowd included Anna Wintour, long-time friend and champion of Galliano (she was the first to wear the new Margiela collection at the British Fashion Awards in December), Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz, photographer Nick Knight, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey and, naturally, Kate Moss.
The supermodel has enjoyed a close friendship with Galliano since her early days in the industry, so it was no surprise to see her firmly showing her support before frolicking about with super stylist Edward Enninful, who then Instagrammed pictures of their antics at the celebratory dinner post-show. So what about the collection?
Models emerged in Galliano’s creations to the strains of Hey Big Spender, clad in camel suede minis with frayed edges, shocking scarlet couture coats, beautifully crafted dresses and ostentatious, elaborate headpieces. It was dramatic, captivating, grotesque (in the best possible way) and utterly beautiful. It was all the concept and ideas of Margiela with the heart and soul of Galliano’s Dior heyday. Basically, we’re obsessed.
Not only are these incredible creations providing us with some much-needed inpsiration, they’re also getting us excited for the start of couture week on 25th January, when the legendary likes of Chanel, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier will show off their most intricate and showstopping- not to mention expensive- designs. In the meantime, you’ll find us pouring over these Margiela looks. Welcome back Galliano, the catwalk hasn’t been the same without you.
By Hannah Banks-Walker