Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Diors Couture Magic

Last week was Paris Couture fashion week. For me this is the most exciting time in the fashion calendar as it shows the creme of the fashion crop at their very best !

Usually I am the first to complain at a Galliano R-T-W collection as he never matches the effortless style that Christian Dior brought in the 40's-50's. However when it comes to couture Galliano is one of the most outrageous , shocking and purely brilliant designers there is.

This year Galliano has taken florals to a new level ... instead of looking at the patterns and prints of flowers Galliano has used the shape, texture and extreme colours to create pieces to actually mirror both exotic and traditional flowers. Even the catwalk was decorated with huge plastic parrot tulips to create a tropical paradise.

textured dip dyed maxi

The collections used a beautiful colour palette of violet and pink, orange and black, indigo and lime , rich royal blue and scarlet red. Fabrics to mirror the texture of flower petals such as chiffons, tulles and mohair were used in layers to create bustles and volume. Fabrics were also dip dyed and stained to get the effect of veins within flower stems.

Petal detail dress

My main reason for being so amazed by this collection is because to me John Galliano had taken away the femininity from Dior however with the volumed skirts and nipped in waists it was as though the 1950's Dior was slowly making its appearance once again. I can only hope next year that we see, huge A-line skirts , tiny tiny waists and delicate Mary Jane shoes .... of course with the beautiful hats !

Dior 2010
dior 1950

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