Time to get back to the ladies, wouldn't you say?
"For Fall, John Galliano took the collection back to the dove gray salons of the Christian Dior headquarters in the Avenue Montaigne to show almost in the way the clothes were traditionally presented to clients and the press in the 1950's. And to be honest, sans the heart-pounding stress, stadium-size crowds, and general hurly-burly, it was a lovelier, more intimate parade to behold.
Galliano said he'd been inspired by behind-the-scenes documentary photographs taken more than half a century ago as Monsieur Dior dressed his cabine of mannequins for shows. The conceit of half-dressed models informed the collection, so that hip-emphasizing basques, girdles, lace-edged slips, and petticoats were hybridized into brightly colored variations on the classic wasp-waisted silhouette of Dior's New Look. "
We fully support a return to "a la maison" style couture shows. The one-of-a-kind pieces deserve a more intimate atmosphere than a tent filled with a thousand people and besides, it's a long tradition in couture.
What we can't really get behind is the styling for this show. We understand that these events are populated by (and planned by) people who have seen it all when it comes to fashion and it's difficult to find new and interesting ways to display the clothes. We get that. But sending the models out half-dressed because you were inspired by old backstage photos of half-dressed models might seem interesting if you're John Galliano, but it makes for a decidedly half-assed presentation (literally). It seems like something you'd see in an editorial rather than a fashion show.
As for the clothes, they're beautiful and very, very Dior, which is something of a problem. There's little, if anything, that looks new here. Beautiful, yes, but also very done.
Watch the show:
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