Earlier this week Dior put his first - not including John Galliano, haute couture runway show on in Paris. Many scrutinizers of Galliano had been awating this event to see whether or not the designer would be showcased in Dior's collection... and also to see if Dior would be any good without him.
The whole show had a whimsical, theatrical theme that suggested a great deal of inspiration from the clowns (possibly the circus). As with any other couture collection by any designer - you will either love it or hate it... quite like marmite. I loved it.
Okay, so you may not get me walking down the street in any of these eye catching gowns any time soon, but I think I will definitely be taking ideas portrayed in the collection into my wardobe - clashing colours, patterns & textures. I think this is definitely going to be co ordinated into the highstreet shops & popular culture later on this winter ... we have already seen Nicola Roberts work clashing patterns in her recently new debut single - beat of my drum.
In my opinion, the house of Dior definitely proved that Galliano was only half (if that) of the brains of their past lusted after couture collections - Galliano's past assistants certainly had a large role to play in the duo's success. At the end of the show, Bill Gaytmen (who was Gallianos assistant for 15 years, and was in charge of overseeing this collection) stepped out with Susanna Venegas (his first assistant) for recognition and a well deserved applause.
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