PARIS, Jan 23, 2011 / FW/ — The invitation was enticing, a cardboard cutout of a sepia-colored Russian man. Upon arriving at the show, there was no doubt that fashion’s most entertaining story teller would transport you across the ocean to iconic Russia.

Inspired by Russian ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev, Galliano took us through three chapters of Russian life- struggling immigrants, Nureyev’s painstaking dancing and traveling years, and finally the lavish finale.

Set to the tune of Fiddler on the Roof, complete with a live model playing the piano, the pieces of the collection were dramatic. The opening scene, with fake snow blizzarding down, had models trudging down the runway like determined immigrants with clothes wrapped around them as means of protection.

Donning tweed and twine, fur, beaded lavish coats, and leggings- this collection ran the gamut. The pieces inspired by dance mimicked Nureyev’s costumes for both rehearsal and performace- tight on the bottom, and chest-baring on the top. Head pieces like turbans and embellished belts accessorized.

The iconic Russian theme still gave us key pieces for next Fall/Winter such as big knits, and layers of coats and sweaters in shearling and leather.

This collection was beautifully crafted and beautifully presented. Plus, the theme was beyond entertaining. Bravo, Galliano!


Paris Menswear Fall 2011