Shown in a commercial showroom, John Galliano pre-fall was essentially the women’s parallel to the fall men’s collection. Bill Gaytten stressed a more casual approach — and more affordable price tag — to the season than the runway collection coming in March.
There was an emphasis on denim in a range of fits, washes and patterns including camouflage and patchwork. Jeans were mixed with mannish tailored coats and jackets with scarves attached at the collars, as well as the signature Galliano bias cut dresses and tops. Outerwear included sheepskin jackets, biker styles — a must in every commercial collection — peacoats and coats in black wool highlighted with patches of shiny black vinyl. Bottom line: It the lineup was an easy, wearable wardrobe.