John Galliano S/S 2010 / PFW / Day eight

After endless shows, crowds, air kisses, and on Wednesday night in Paris, apocalyptic rain and an infuriating wait, John Galliano delivered an exercise in sweet escape. Clapper board invitations promised a movie star premise, confirmed once the red projector lights came up and bubbles floated down from the ceiling — cute until they popped into a puff of smoke, at which point it became a very cool effect.

Take one was full of Forties ingenues done up like madcap magpies in sweet-nothing chiffon dresses cut with lace insets, black tulle and point d’esprit sleeves and worn under tailored jackets and trenches adorned with metallic flowers. Some were cut into skirts, which joined wafting accordion-pleated chiffon jackets and skirts in the separates category. By show’s end, the rising star turned bonafide screen siren in the red-carpet stunners that spilled with ruffles, sparkles and glamour-puss brio. Wispy lingerie layers and candy-color bias cuts are well-trod territory for Galliano. And if, under all the cinematic effects, the clothes felt a tad familiar, they were real and very pretty.

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