Beyond Galliano and Gaga in Paris: Lanvin Back to Its Roots, Balmain’s Slatterns, and Dries’s Greatest Hits

Left to right: Balmain, Lanvin, Isabel Marant.

If the death of Alexander McQueen hung like a veil of tears over the shows a year ago, the spectacular implosion of John Galliano is hijacking every conversation this time around, even eclipsing such usual scene-stealers as Lady Gaga on the Mugler runway. (A wonderful show, by the way, of Joey Arias–worthy ensembles and dangerous stilettos that have plenty of models — but not Gaga — losing their footing.)

Instead of attending the John Galliano presentation on Sunday — it’s been downgraded from a full show — I decide to visit the Marais, the site of the designer’s outburst. Before I leave, I walk over to the Jewish boys school at 6, rue des Hospitalières-St-Gervais, which is around the corner from La Perle, where the designer made his remarks. On the wall of the building is a plaque that commemorates the 165 students at the school who were deported to Auschwitz during the Second World War. None survived.