Today John Galliano presented his first co-ed show for Maison Margiela during the SS19 season of Paris Fashion Week.
Over the last few years, the fashion houses have seen the importance of unifying the voices of their collections to establish a single language for all their customers to understand – so it’s no surprise that there’s been an influx of joined men’s and women’s lines meeting on the runway.
Not only does it help to establish a coherent message, but it also makes sense for production and for when the pieces arrive in stores. Of course here Galliano is was more interested in what ‘gender’ means today, as well championing modern day rebels who dress as they please – the new role models.
Hence there was plenty of ‘girls borrowing from the boys’ and vice versa with one male model stepping out in a grey jacket inspired by the shape of a swimsuit that was worn over a tulle dress, meanwhile one of the female models stomped out in heavy duty boots that were accompanied by a black cape decorated in white piping.
Setting boys in heels and girls in masculine tailoring aside and focusing a little less on the political message – even though it has great importance in the realm of fashion – there were sparks of design mastery to admire. The coats were cut with such precision that they looked as equally hard as they did soft – we have our eye on the elongated pink trench. The opulent jacquard gold dresses and trousers were given a modern twist with black jacket and metallic boots, while the blazers were just splendid.
A girl in boys clothing still feels a little bit more palatable than the other way round, but Galliano has always been a man not afraid to express his views and when he does it through fashion, it’s truly inspiring.