After being in the headlines this week for his court appearance, it was left to Galliano’s team to ensure the show would go on. From the simple but colourful invitation there seemed a clear shift in the presentation’s vision and values. Gone was the light show and the smoke machine, but still very much intact was the distinctive Galliano narration, visualised through a medley of Galliano’s devilish characters.
This time round the show was called ‘Big Splash’ and referenced David Hockey’s paintings and the Pop Art scene he frequented in Sixties London. The cast of artists included, grungy art students in military jackets to spectacled David Hockneys and hipster rockers.
Bill Gaytten who has worked at Galliano’s studio for 23 years took a bow at the end of the show, suggesting he would be the name taking the brand forward now the brand’s soul, John Galliano is no longer on board.
Ironically back in London, Central Saint Martins the college made infamous by John Galliano was hosting a ‘Farewell to Charing Cross Road’ party. The college is relocating from its iconic building in Soho to Kings Cross this summer. The party hosted by Katie Grand and Love Magazine drew A-list fashion alumni from the school, while Pulp performed 'Common People' as a tribute to the college’s creative vision – something that John Galliano embodied – but how quickly fashion moves on.