Prom princess or teddy boy: The John Galliano girl swung both ways this season, courtesy of Bill Gaytten’s spring collection for the house, which was a romp through the John Waters classic “Cry-Baby.”
“I love that story. It’s so romantic: Bad boy falls for good girl, good girl falls for bad boy, and they ignore all the things that they’re not supposed to do,” Gaytten said backstage. With a mischievous smile, he mimicked Waters giving the middle finger to “social parameters.”
His good girls looked prim in pastel bustier dresses and diamanté kitten heels, but the bad girls seemed to be having all the fun. Think sheer chiffon dresses and shawl-collared jackets, or why not both at once?
The label’s founder famously sketched out his vision of Fifties high glamour in a 1995 show that featured Linda Evangelista in a canary yellow tulle dress. These were simpler versions for a different era, with the Galliano brand now positioned as a premium contemporary line.
A purple teddy boy suit channeled an air of cool rebellion, while the brand’s signature slipdresses were paired with buckled boots and winkle pickers — those kitten heels relegated to organza carrier bags embroidered with tongue-in-cheek slogans such as “No way, José.” Giving the finger never looked so chic.