Saturday, November 15, 2008

It's a Shangri-La Out There ... Galliano AW08-09

It was the mid-90 and the fashion world was still buzzing about Galliano taking over Christian Dior’s Creative Direction helm from late Gianfranco Ferre. Among all of his extravagant collection for the brand, his Communist China-inspired autumn/winter collection was the one that everyone in the industry talked about.

12 years and a string of successful prêt-a-porter collections later, Galliano is back to reprise his success by turning to China for inspiration once again. For Galliano’s autumn/winter 2008-09 line, the designer drew his inspiration from the vibrant yet undying cultural influences of Chinese and Tibetan mixed with fashion nuances derived from halcyon days (think of actress Jean Harlow in her classic movie Shangri-La). Of course, Galliano fashion line would never be complete without his signature eccentricity!

Best described as ‘east meets west meets Galliano’, the Galliano autumn/winter collection is abundant with oriental imperial luxury. Traditional Chinese motifs swathed most of the pieces, ranging from liquid chiffon caftan top to backless long dress.

Drenched in vibrant colours which are synonymous to both cultures like red, purple, green with blacks and autumnal tones, plus some use of contemporary colour blocking, not a single piece from the collection was spared from the sense of edginess.

Apart from the classic prints, Galliano also incorporated the art of embroidery and lots and lots of soft fur or wool trimmings to unleash the opulence in them. Staples of the season from this haute couturier diffusion line would include a purple V-neck top with large flared sleeves in butterfly printed silk, printed dress with short sculpted sleeves and soft chunky knitted woollen shawl, fluid black sheath dress, and also a sophisticated black tunic with long leopard-print cuffed sleeves and neck.

But before you could leave your home bragging to the world that you are wearing pieces created by one of the most revered and feared couture gods, don’t forget the magic word – accessorize!

To match your ethereal Shangri-La look, Galliano has created a number of fashionable objet d’arts in store for you. Hot on the list are quilted d’orsays with Chinese ribbon knots on the vamp in black, Galliano dog tag in sterling silver with his name spelled in Chinese character, belts in screaming and gleaming colours, as well pochettes and handbags in his signature ‘le gazette’ print.

Galliano’s autumn/winter 2008-09 ready-to-wear and accessories are available now at HIT Gallery, Suria KLCC.

*Photos courtesy of Melium Group.

Galliano at HIT Gallery – Ground Floor, Melium Galleria, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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