We can always count on John Galliano to start couture off right.
The quintessential design showman presented an exquisite floral-inspired Fall 2010 couture collection, which proved that there can still be something groundbreaking in an oft-explored motif (despite Anna Wintour sarcastically remarking “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking” in The September Issue).
It was a great surprise to see such optimism from the British designer. With the exception of a single look, every one of the 30 looks – even those done predominately in black – were bursting with color.
While it may have been impossible to look at the collection without thinking of the “Tulip Line” originally designed in 1953 by Christian Dior, Galliano brought his own unique touch of extravagance to the archive-inspired designs.
The most stunning pieces featured contrasting colored petal details delicately draped over ballooning skirts, cinched at the waist.
Greatly inspired by photographs taken by Nick Knight and Irving Penn, the collection was feminine without veering towards the overly frilly or fragile. There was a strength in the high-drama tulle and organza, which was accented by many of the austere silhouettes.
Surely Galliano will have no problem getting the likes of Jessica Alba and Blake Lively – both of whom were front row at this season’s couture show – to proudly walk the red carpet in any one of these breathtaking designs.