Galliano delivers fantasy with wild menswear show
Fri Jan 23, 6:00 PM EST

PARIS – What do musket-toting Minutemen, bare-bottomed barristers and the half-man, half-goat hybrid Pan have in common? They peopled indomitable British designer John Galliano's winter 2009-2019 menswear world, which drew inspiration from vastly varied sources — but not the world economic crisis.

Galliano stayed true to his magpie form, beginning Friday's rollicking show with the Minutemen in tricolor hats, swashbuckler boots and flowing, long-tailed jackets.

The models, in white rat tail coiffures, wore low-crotched trousers with full hips that tapered to slim, rauched calves.

Models sporting horns and tufts of fluff on their chins and bellies — Pan — wore similar pants, though theirs were embellished with fur through the hips and thighs.

The goat-men then gave way to the accountant's worst nightmare: Proper briefcase-toting professionals who were all business on top and nearly naked on bottom. With a stiff upper lip, they paraded in starched white shirts and shiny Oxford shoes with nothing in between but sexed-up briefs and socks with garters.

The collection notes cited as inspiration for the collection Rembrant, a kinky 18th century secret society dubbed the Hellfire Club, and contemporary streetwear. One reference that was notably absent from Friday's display was the faltering economy, which has sobered designers from New York to Milan.

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