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Galliano's Paris menswear debut

January 26, 2004
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While most designers at Paris menswear week sent models down the catwalk in colourful, dapper suits and overcoats, John Galliano opted to come in with a bang, breaking all the fashion rules for his menswear runway debut in the French capital.

The Gibraltar-born designer's collection, presented in a circus tent in the Bois de Boulogne, was one of the most memorable of the week and featured a number of eclectic looks.

Some of the most eye-catching pieces, for only the bravest of the brave, were cut-off shorts paired with woolly boots, a bomber jacket teamed with garter belt and, in one of Galliano's quirkiest combinations, a traditional top hat and tie matched with a chiffon floral skirt.

Describing the cut and styling of his garments – which also included lower-key fare such as a snakeskin print tailored suit – as "virile", Galliano remarked of the collection: "It's for real men."

Meanwhile, front row guest Marianne Faithfull was thrilled with the versatility of the clothes. "That was fun," she said, "and there were lots of things that we women could wear."

But Galliano's energetic show wasn't the only memorable moment of menswear week, which ended on Monday. Tom Ford presented his last collection for Yves Saint Laurent, and Ozwald Boateng's vibrant luxury attracted even more attention than usual, due to the fact he has just been named as creative director for Givenchy Homme.

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As Tom Ford said goodbye to Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano said hello to the Paris menswear catwalk for the first time with a characteristically off-beat collection (above)Photo: © AFPy
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"It's for real men," said the British designer of his cutting-edge collection, which included torn denim and T-shirts, as well as feminine details like garter belts and chiffon skirtsPhoto: © AFP

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