Paris, Pearls and Perfection

Paris Fashion Week is winding down, and my favorite designers (Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Marc Jacbos for LV, etc.) all dazzled with cutting edge collections that left fashionista drool all along the Champs Elysees. But it was John Galliano who topped them all this season.


Always the Parisian darling, Galliano was hand-picked by Anna Wintour to take over the House of Dior a while back, and he’s certainly done well by the brand – but it was his John Galliano line that sent the tastemakers and fashion obsessed into orbit.


Inspired by a research trip to Hollywood, Galliano immersed himself in the Tallulah Bankhead, Mary Pickford world of studio system glamour and spun it into a magnificent showing of lace, pearls, and simply spectacular headwear. Style.com aptly calls it his ‘fashion version of Sunset Boulevard‘.

And while we mere mortals can only gawk at the beautiful baubles and garments that only a size zero gamine can pull off, there are ways to bring a little Galliano high fashion fantasy into our own wardrobes.


I’m making a beeline for my grandmother’s pearls and brooches – and already have a long blazer belted over a long dress set aside in my mind for the next night out. And it looks like layering those bangles is simply always a safe bet – the look is present here and with many other designers this year (see the Jewelry.com Facebook album for more).

So what do you guys think of the Galliano girls this go round? Aren’t they just beyond? Or am I losing my mind after so many runway roundups?

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  1. Anonymous

    I love the fearlessness of these concepts… although some would be hard to pull off for the average Jane, we can all take a bit of a style tip from the runway… I, too, will be raiding (yet again!) grandma’s jewelry box for the perfect bling….

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