>> John Galliano's signature show last night was set in a warehouse 30 minutes outside of the city center of Paris; the show rehearsal was beginning and Galliano practicing his finale bow just as guests began arriving, leaving everyone outside the venue for over 30 minutes after start time while rain poured down. Guest clapped their film clapboard invites impatiently, and a bouncer tried to stop Bernard Arnault from entering the show early.
Once inside, Hilary Alexander spotted "a furious Carine Roitfeld. 'I wait all this time in the rain and you can’t even give me a glass of water,' she stormed at a hapless PR." A number of front rowers, including Suzy Menkes, opened umbrellas — the roof was leaking.
But once the show started, with long runway lit by red lasers, hundreds of bubbles pouring from the ceiling, letting loose smoke when they hit the runway and popped, and dialogue from Sunset Boulevard played over the loudspeakers, came "one of [Galliano's] best collections in a long time," in the words of Style.com's Sarah Mower. "It came from a research trip to L.A.," Galliano said of his inspiration. "I went around the old houses of Hollywood and imagined how stars like Tallulah Bankhead, Lillian Gish, and Mary Pickford lived."