There was a cartoony element to Bill Gaytten's S/S 14 offering for John Galliano. From those giant platform creepers to the untucked, over-sized shirts and sweaters, the collection was filled with pieces that could have been parodies of the fashions springing up on other runways. This was like a heightened reality, someone had turned up the volume and the speed as well - models walked so fast it was near impossible to even see what they were wearing. Even the palette was punchy with pops of bright canary yellow and electric coral.
This was a decidedly boyish collection. You could question Gaytten's logic in going quite so youthful - the London runways are packed with fresh talent riffing on the way kids dress with more vigour and flair than any established brand. It was the pieces that looked less like Gaytten was trying to compete with the pack that were actually the strongest and certainly the most authentic. Those silky pyjama jackets and trousers seemed more on point for the dapper Galliano shopper, while that tailoring, cut in shapes that were elegant but forgiving, showed Gaytten's design prowess far better than some of the more directional looks on show.