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GALLIANO GOES INTO MENSWEAR

John Galliano – the creative director for his eponymous label John Galliano, his diffusion line Galliano, Christian Dior ready-to-wear, and Dior Haute Couture – has got a lot on his plate these days. In addition to his designing and managing duties, the designer is slated to open one of his namesake boutiques in the posh Bal Harbor Shops in Miami in the coming months.  It was also just announced that Galliano’s licensing company Ittierre SpA (they also license, among others, Just Cavalli, C’N’C Costume National, and Ermanno Scervino) will produce a men’s apparel line for the designer’s diffusion line, Galliano. It is slated to launch for Fall 2010 and will be aimed at a “trendsetting, extravagant, adventurous 18-to-35 year-olds” – little surprise, given the British designer’s flair for color, drama, and embellishments. The collection will include outerwear, leather, knitwear, shirts, jackets, jeans, jersey, and accessories and the line will be showcased during Milan Men’s Fashion Week on January 18th.

Ittierre has been responsible for producing, manufacturing, and distributing Galliano’s  contemporary women’s collection and will undertake the same responsibilities for the men’s line, despite their notoriety for being in government-backed bankruptcy protection since February.  There was a notable spat between the licensing company and Roberto Cavalli a few months ago, after the designer was forced to pull out of his Just Cavalli show just two days before he was set to present to an audience of 2,000 as a result of Ittierre running out of cash. Hopefully Galliano will not encounter the same hurdles that plagued Cavalli when his line hits in a few months!