GALLIANO TO LAUNCH MEN’S IN 2003

PARIS — John Galliano, a man partial to wearing ripped jeans, skimpy T-shirts and, occasionally, a feather headdress, plans to introduce a signature men’s collection soon.
“They’ll be clothes that men will want to wear and that women will want to tear off them,” the designer quipped in an interview Thursday.
Production details and logistics are still being worked out, but Galliano president Valerie Hermann said the first collection should reach stores in 2003 “at the latest.”
The house of Galliano, which is gearing up to open its first freestanding store next spring on Rue Saint-Honore in Paris, has been busily extending the brand into new areas. Sunglasses, licensed to French eyewear firm Airess, bowed this fall, while innerwear will be unveiled in January at the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris, as reported. Also coming in 2002 is the first signature Galliano fragrance. The house introduced handbags and small leather goods in 1999.
Galliano earned a reputation for men’s wear while still a student at the acclaimed London fashion school, Central St. Martins, showing some looks as part of his groundbreaking graduation show in 1984. “I still have fans out there,” he said. “It’s something in my heart and it’s something that we always said we would do.”
Galliano, whose house is a subsidiary of Christian Dior SA, is also the couturier for Dior and oversees the image of all its women’s products. Hedi Slimane heads up the image and design of men’s wear at Dior.

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