Mar 7 - Galliano's own fashion show downscaled following his sacking from Dior. Cindy Martin reports.
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It was a sombre mood at the John Galliano show following the recent scandal surrounding the disgraced fashion designer.
On Sunday (March 6), what was supposed to be a typically flamboyant Galliano show, done up at the iconic Left Bank brasserie La Coupole in Paris, was downsized.
The show was instead held in a private mansion.
Galliano was sacked from Christian Dior on March 1 following a video released of the designer making anti-Semitic remarks.
Although some fashion editors and buyers said earlier they would be boycotting the show, industry heavyweights including Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington of U.S. Vogue were amongst the guests.
No television news cameras were allowed into the show but only print journalists and photographers.
Galliano reverted to previous collections, paying homage to one of his favourite decades - the 1930s.
Models with tall hats and tweed suits with unfinished edges took to the catwalk, as other models were dressed in long flowing lace gowns with lined with frills.
Afterwards, fashion experts said said it was an emotional show.
SOUNDBITE: Fashion Blogger Bryanboy, saying (English):
"They played one of the tracks they used at Dior a few seasons ago and it's just, no I mean for me.. they had about 11 to 12 looks, no it's beautiful, really really beautiful."
SOUNDBITE: Susan Tabak, Style Expert And Author Of "Chic In Paris: Style Secrets & Best Addresses", saying (English):
"I actually, in a sort of ironic way, prefer this. I know he has a lot of humour and is extravagant and his amazing creative wild side comes out in his shows, but somehow I felt that this gave a more luxurious, demure, it was more special in a sad way, a bittersweet ending."
Dior said on Monday (March 7) they will continue supporting Galliano's eponymous label, of which the French fashion house owns 92 percent.
Galliano is currently in rehab but faces trial over the racist remarks he made in two separate incidents.
Cindy Martin, Reuters
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