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More relaxed mood prevails at Galliano own-label show

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AFP
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Mar 7, 2011

The John Galliano label sent out its fall-winter collection on Sunday in the intimate surroundings of a Parisian salon -- and in a far more relaxed atmosphere after a dramatic week that saw the British designer's sudden fall from grace.

John Galliano
John Galliano A/W 2011 at Paris Fashion Week (photo by Pixel Formula)

In lieu of Galliano's signature taste for bigger-than-life theatrics, the lower-key presentation saw models in outfits with unmistakeable 1920s silhouettes emerging from a mirrored door into a nouveau-riche drawing room.

John Galliano
John Galliano A/W 2011 at Paris Fashion Week (photo by Pixel Formula)

Notable among the guests was Sidney Toledano, chief executive of Christian Dior, which abruptly fired Galliano -- who faces trial for making alleged anti-Semitic remarks -- on Tuesday, the first day of Paris fashion week.

John Galliano
John Galliano A/W 2011 at Paris Fashion Week (photo by Pixel Formula)

"In trying times, you have to move forward and stay the course," Toledano told AFP, adding that while he has never missed a John Galliano show, he wanted this time "to be here to support the teams" who put the looks together.

John Galliano
John Galliano A/W 2011 at Paris Fashion Week (photo by Pixel Formula)

Christian Dior, a cornerstone of French tycoon Bernard Arnault's luxury goods empire, holds a majority stake in the John Galliano label.

The mood was far more relaxed in comparision to the funeral-like mood at the full-scale Christian Dior show on Friday where Toledano firmly distanced the venerable Parisian fashion house from its chief designer of 15 years.

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