Drumming up excitement for what is sure to be a stunning couture collection, John Galliano showed his Spring/Summer 2011 menswear collection in Paris with much of his trademark theatrics.
Inspired by silent films, the British designer’s show started with a Charlie Chaplin lookalike walking the runway with a giant clock backdrop.
While many of the looks were styled in overly dramatic ways (including white face paint, and patches of exposed skin), the individual pieces rated high when it came to wearability, especially given the dark color palette.
Whether Galliano will be able to bring suspenders and ascots back to the forefront of fashion remains to be seen, however.
In the meantime, svelte men looking for stylish day and formal wear will find no shortage of fitted blazers, loose-fitting pants, snug swimwear, and little cap hats to choose from.
Also in Paris, Christian Dior – for whom John Galliano designs both the women’s ready-to-wear and couture collections – held a one-night-only exhibition at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton headquarters on Avenue Montaigne called "De La Haute Couture à la Haute Couleur." Presumably to drum up attention for the new Dior lipsticks, various shades from the Rouge Dior line were featured, along with 32 couture dresses dating from 2004 to 2010.
The Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2011 menswear show also took place in Paris. Designed by Men’s Creative Director Kris Van Assche, the Dior Homme collection was done mostly in black with fabrics that were so floatingly lightweight, some of the looks appeared women’s wear inspired. It seems the casual Alexander Wang aesthetic is catching on now, more than ever.