John Galliano doesn't take his bow after Margiela show
The designer sent hunchback models down the runway at Paris Fashion Week
John Galliano made his official return to the ready-to-wear scene with a subtly provocative collection for Maison Margiela that still managed to remind us of his flamboyant creativity. However, he did not appear at the end of his runway show last Friday to take his bow.
The brand's founder, Martin Margiela, famously maintained a sense of anonymity while he was creative director of the label, and it seems Galliano is respecting this tradition.
There was plenty going on in the collection. Glossy, furry, sheer, contrasting textures – the kind of unbridled vision you'd expect from Margiela's new creative director. The presentation was no less eccentric. There were models with crimped and slightly crazy hair, models who crazy-walked hunchbacked down the runway, and models with heavy (sometimes mismatched) eye makeup, exaggerated lipstick, or both.
With all he managed to achieve in just one show, his absence at the end was a "missed opportunity," suggested ELLE USA's fashion news director Anne Slowey. "I would have liked to see him come out at the end and make Margiela his own," she said.
But perhaps Galliano was happy to let the clothes make the claim for him.