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crowds wowed by john galliano's debut margiela collection

​Fashion's finest gathered for #MargielaMonday.

Lynette Nylander

The industry's elite gathered in London's Buckingham Gate in Westminster for the return of fashion's former enfant terrible, John Galliano and his Artisinal collection for Maison Margiela.

The intimate affair saw 100 guests, most of them John's nearest and dearest, arrive with no invitations needed at the door. The show saw the designer's closest friends and family gather to witness a new dawn for both Galliano and the famed fashion house. The likes of stylist Edward Enninful, BFC Chairwoman and Net-A-Porter founder Natalie Massenet, supermodel Kate Moss, fellow designers Alber Elbaz, Nicola Formichetti and Christian Louboutin as well as Margiela's parent company Only The Brave owner Renzo Rosso were all in the audience supporting his debut collection.

The show saw models such as Binx Walton, Xiao Wen Ju, Hollie May Saker and Issa Lish decked out as opulent showgirls with a streak of supernatural surrealism, walking the runway to an orchestral version of There's No Business Like Show Business. A scarlet, lacquered red coat that resembled a lobster with accompanying high-shine leggings, sat alongside pieces with 3D barnacle type applique. The girls wore sky-high platforms designed by Manolo Blahnik and a palette of rich red, black and gold was brought to life with heavily embellished sequins and velvet that will have the Margiela customer - old and new - lapping up Galliano's luxurious designs. The artfully deconstructed looks gave the first exciting peek into what the new Margiela will be.

In a fashion coup and a first since Martin's early days at the brand, Maison Margiela saw its designer take a bow at the end, whilst decked in the label's famous white lab coat. 

It was a brief but fitting glimpse of Galliano that, without question, told the world that the iconic designer is back for good.

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Text Lynette Nylander