John Galliano’s Spring Summer 2011 outing at Paris’ Place Vendôme came supercharged with all the pizzazz of previous outings - combining a sense of unbridled opulence with an adult approach to tailoring.
Following suit from last season’s Sherlock Holmes-inspired show, the new collection was offered up against the backdrop of a giant watch-face, a nod to the clock from which silent movie star Harold Lloyd hung in "Safety Last!" and the magnifying glass which played proscenium back in January.
The models, resplendent in delicately tailored three-piece suits, fluid silk trousers and immaculately cut trench coats, were painted-up to resemble a host of ghostly Charlie Chaplins.
Waists came synched -just masculinely enough – with knotted leather belts (no time for buckle fiddling here), and heads were adorned with outsized baker boys and perfectly flat Panama hats. Skimpy swim-wear was out in force mid-show, but gratuitous navel-baring aside, this season once again affirmed Galliano as one of Britain’s most important designers to date.