MILAN, Jan 26, 2010 / FW/ — Unveiled during the recently concluded Milano Moda Uomo, the new and next generation “Galliano Groupie” menswear line that captures the attitude and essence of Galliano’s wild side and is inspired by the anarchy of the London rock scene.
Between Christian Dior and his eponymous line, British designer John Galliano already designs at least 10 collections a year. Commenting on his reason to launch a new young men’s line in collaboration with Ittierre SpA, the famed designer said, “It’s not just the girl’s that want to party, and be able to pepper their wardrobe with urban essentials, the boys want this option too.”
“They [the boys] would like to have those pieces in denim, leather and something that has that quirky signature Galliano identity. They want high fashion but not the high fashion prices, so I wanted to create a collection that could inspire as much as bridge that gap,” Galliano added.
For Galliano Groupie’s debut collection, John Galliano was inspired by memories of his 20-year old self who was fashion-obsessed yet starved of the choice in clothes.
“We used to take our vintage market finds and pull them apart and recombine them to create our own mixed-up signature looks. Creativity and expression was the force behind this way of dressing, and we have re-harnessed this energy to work the collection in an individual way and dress our contemporary young man,” John Galliano related.
Naming the collection, “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” Galliano Groupie proposes distressed jeans are over-dyed in bold colours of ochre and burgundy, and doused with bleach in curling barbwire designs
Military parkas are worn with baggy pants, grandfather shirts and layered with vintage Henleys and blazers too scruffy to impress the parents.
Looks are crumpled and carefree, and deceptively inventive with overprinted graphics, comfortable easy shapes, washed leathers, sweats and denims that make it look like you haven’t tried too hard. Distressed denim and sweat is spliced into new mixes of mixed collaged clothes.
“Galliano’s second line is a younger rebel sibling not an afterthought,” said the designer. And his fashion advice season – “Make sure you get to know this new [Galliano Groupie] character and collection.”
Galliano Groupie will be available Fall 2010.
Photos courtesy of Galliano Groupie