Maison Margiela resurrected Ziggy Stardust for its Haute Couture runway this season. This is likely the first of many Davie Bowie tributes we’ll see this year, once the ready-to-wear shows debut next month. Of course, who better to pay tribute to this particular costume than John Galliano? The designer has always been a master of theatrics, having dressed up in a variety of over-the-top costumes for the finales of his Dior shows.
But in every way, Galliano really let his creativity run free this season and it was plenty of fun. Sure, there were a monochromatic military looks that seemed relatively tame at the beginning, but once the designer started playing around with a mishmosh of fabrics, the real magical madness began to unfold. There were slashed tapestry patterns, leather skirts cut to look like nets, a white vested coat covered in flowing white chiffon, and some particularly wow-factor finale looks done in a mix of ultra-luxe fabrics that cocooned the models like present wrapping. And those boots? The versions that first trotted down the catwalk will be coveted even by the Margiela-averse, more mainstream fashion lovers. Galliano seemed to be saying, “Keep your ‘lectric eye on me babe.”