Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, has announced that John Galliano will never work for LVMH again. I feel saddened to hear this news. For some of you readers, LVMH is a world leader in luxury, LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton possesses a unique portfolio of over 60 prestigious brands. Now, Bill Gaytten will take over the Galliano Company as Creative Director of the Brand. Gaytten has worked for Galliano and Dior for years, and presented Galliano’s men’s collection in Paris last week.
|Bill Gaytten stepped out the shadows to take a bow at the finale of the first John Galliano Homme show since the celebrated British couturier's spectacular fall from grace in February.|
In contrast to the ever-flamboyant Galliano, Gaytten -- a specialist in cutting -- sent out a remarkably more wearable collection on Friday, albeit with nods to his predecessor's sensibilities.
Building on a 1960s Swinging London theme, the show opened with military jackets with pilgrim hats, then moved into colourful David Hockney-esque outfits and a parade of underwear including candy-striped hipsters.
Surprisingly, the suits were probably the most business-friendly of any others seen since the spring-summer shows began on Wednesday in the French capital.
Asked to set out his vision for the lable, Gaytten replied: "I think keeping the cult of Galliano. It's always romantic, there's always a narrative -- and cool cutting, which is what I do."
He replied "yes, well, yes I have," when asked if he had been in touch with Galliano recently, but then refrained from saying more.