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The Reviews Are In for John Galliano's Wacky Maison Margiela Collection

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"These are Galliano's heroines, just like Tennessee Williams had his faded Southern belles. The fact that they were back on the catwalk was incontrovertible proof that Galliano himself is also back, as was, as will ever be,"'s Tim Blanks writes.

Even though the crowd cheered and photographers yelled, "John, John, John, John," Galliano didn't appear on the runway to take a bow. WWD's Miles Socha writes: "The packed house still wouldn’t budge from the long rows of white benches until Italian industrialist Renzo Rosso, who gave a controversial talent a second chance, stood up and motioned everyone else to do the same, as if to say: All in good time."

@maisonmargiela #JohnGalliano first ready to wear collection @jgalliano BRAVO

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