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The Sublime Galliano | Manolo's Shoe Blog

The Sublime Galliano

Manolo says, Pepe, don’t forget the hedges!


And now the Manolo must clarify the few things.

Yes, the Manolo likes to gently mock the John Galliano, mostly for his theatrical dress and his outrageous runway behavior. And yet, even as the Manolo mocks, he must also acknowledge that, more than any other current designer, John Galliano has the ability to be sublime.

Indeed, he is one of the few working designers whom the Manolo is willing to call the genius. This judgement, long held by the Manolo, has been further confirmed by his most recent Parisian show, the Fall 2007 prêt-à-porter collection.

There are pieces in this collection that the Manolo finds beautiful, and smart, and filled with character and charm and individuality and movement. And it is not just the individual clothes, but the entire gestalt of the show, with its detail and whimisicality, which impresses. Even the shoes, although ultimately unwearable, look good.

10 Responses to “The Sublime Galliano”

  1. blackbird March 5, 2007 at 10:00 pm #

    Well said –

    but I knew you were winking at Mr. Galliano all along –

  2. David March 6, 2007 at 1:27 am #

    Indeed, he is one of very few designers who succesfully take artistic risks.

    His most recent couture collection was so stunning it nearly made me cry.

  3. JaneC March 6, 2007 at 2:14 am #

    Wow. I love the coats, the 20’s- and 30’s-inspired dresses, and as the Manolo said, the sense of whimsy (though not the zombie makeup on the models–why do they have to look like they’ve just been exhumed?).

    I also love the multicolored tights, tights being the only thing that I would or could actually wear out of all that, but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try wearing blue or green ribbed tights with a yellow frock, especially as I don’t have a whole team to make sure the ribbing on my tights is straight!

  4. pbird March 6, 2007 at 3:02 am #

    Very much agree. I like that he looks to be having a great deal of fun, the sewing is detailed and interesting. He makes me feel as if I like sewing again. Also, so much variety in the show.

    Love the green tights. Oh would I love to wear green tights. Also love the shoes.

  5. Kath March 6, 2007 at 8:00 am #

    Galliano ruffles easily.

  6. Ana March 6, 2007 at 11:40 am #

    Those shoes do not look unwearable to me. In fact, I have a pair of Via Spiga knifes that look exactly like them and I wear them all the time.

  7. CyndiF March 6, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    I love Galliano’s latest pret a porter collection, but his last couture show was the one that really blew me away:


    Does anyone do the blend of workmanship, showmanship, and beauty better than Galliano these days?

  8. aimlessjoys March 6, 2007 at 12:34 pm #

    Well, predictably, I am in love with the boots. The collection was amazing, like he’d been hanging out with Edward Gorey & Tim Burton & Agatha Christie. Genius is the word. How about that long embroidered jacket? Wow. &, of course, the personal Wellies & a sun-yellow silk kimono. I’ve been there, too. :) He’s outrageous & wonderful. This world definitely needs more fun.

  9. VeddyVeddyBadAng March 6, 2007 at 12:40 pm #

    The words that kept forming in my mind when I saw both of those collections were “fun” and “exquisite”. I especially liked this one. It’s almost wearable!

  10. Isara March 6, 2007 at 2:32 pm #

    Sometimes many of this things can be over the top – but they are over the top in a tasteful manner (unlike the frightening elephant dress found over at Spirit Fingers’ blog).

    And, as I strive to make many tasteful pieces of the gothic nature myself, I feel quite a kinship with Galliano. I absolutely adore his work, even when it’s a miss.