For spring / summer 2011, Galliano focused his attention on silent movie stars Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
Galliano's shows are always one of the highlights of Paris menswear, with the presentations always portraying a decadent fantasy of hedonistic menswear. For spring / summer 2011, Galliano focused his attention on silent movie stars Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Obligatory Chaplin bowler hats and moustaches were worn with baggy trousers and under-sized jackets. Dropped crotch shorts, trenches and peacoats were layered together in light fabrics and came in a restraint palette of grey and blue. Tailoring, which is always Galliano's forte was inspired by Visconti's, 'Death in Venice' and translated into double breasted suits and classic frock coats in cream and khaki. The usual beach wear ensued, involving belted shorts and three quarter length pants. Hollywood beckoned again as tuxedo jackets were worn with oversized trousers, continuing Galliano's play on proportions that defined the show. When the svelte Galliano took his bow, the audience had been whipped up to the prescribed hysteria. However, intricate cutting and fantastic tailoring aside, the show lacked the usual Galliano humour that is integral to his collections. Galliano is a pure show man and excells at telling a story - it just felt there was more to say.