Fashion designer Bill Gaytten presented John Galliano‘s Fall Winter 2018.19 collection that was inspired by an idea of an encounter between burlesque star and a townie that occurs when the traveling circus arrives in Midwest America’s small town, at the end of the Depression era. The collection was presented during the ongoing Paris Fashion Week.
“As such, looks feature tweed jackets and denim workwear—then and still, a man’s every day essential—in the context of dresses that conjure up a woman who dazzles her audience. Tulle embroidered with silver leaves and fringes nods most directly to a vintage circus reference, while diamond bracelet detailing on delicate, body-skimming slip dresses captures the workmanship of the era. A dress paneled with devoré flowers is distinctive for its muddy brown hue, whilst sugared almond-coloured bias-cut styles and tiered organza frocks make a point to be pretty.
The styling is intentionally haphazard, so that sheer layers are introduced between sequined bras from boxy blazers; a delicate bolero over mohair pairs with cashmere leggings and gold metallic leather shoes over wool socks. If dungarees in dark denim are a fun foil for Victorian detailing, so too are the strands of pearls and mannish oxfords, or checked suiting constructed as a casual ladylike look.“
“Looking back to the past with hindsight, we arrive at new ideas of beauty. But the world would be boring if inspiration only came from classically beautiful things. The notion of romance in adversity captivated me.” – creative director Bill Gaytten.