Dior without John Galliano!
That's a big disappointment for me because I have always admired John Galliano for his unique style and his creativeness as well. Despite everything that happened, we cannot forget his amazing designs which were coveted by many women.
Dior unveiled it's Fall 2011 Couture at the Musée Rodin on July 4th. It was Galliano's successor Bill Gaytten and his assistant Susanna Venega who worked for the creation of this couture,which was inspired by the creations of Dior's former designer Marc Bohan. It was Gaytten's time now to take the bow at the end of the show. I suppose people will talk a lot about this fact, because this is the first collection not overseen by John Galliano in 14 years. From long ball dresses to bustier dresses it was a collection full of colours and elegance as well.
“It was girly, it had a sharp edge at the beginning with graphic prints and lots of different themes – cutting and layering like the inside of a shell,” said Vogue’s Lucinda Chambers after the show, referring to the rah-rah petal skirts and the absence of fur – unusual for an autumn/winter collection.
To me it looks more of a spring summer collection or something you can wear in the other hemisphere while in Europe is fall - winter. Apart from the absence of fur, we have the absence of closed shoes. The designs are awesome, it does not matter when they will be worn.
The collection presented today, with modern architectural shapes as the reference (at least that explains the dumb cubes and balls embedded in the models’ hair), was a hodgepodge. I had the feeling that Mr. Gaytten, without providing much guidance, let the studio hands play with free-form shapes. There were multicolored jackets with full pleated skirts in contrasting squiggle patterns. The tutti-frutti palette, with jolts of turquoise, recalled the Memphis design movement. Other dresses in metallic silk, with overlapping squares, made you think of Frank Gehry’s buildings. That immaculate Dior polish was not evident. Some long flowing dresses in hand-painted silk looked contemporary enough, but for the most part the clothes looked like over-bright costumes.