Galliano's glamour in spiritual home of Dior
The audience at a Christian Dior couture show expects the clothes to be presented with a theatrical flourish, and John Galliano delivered. Held at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, where Dior himself set up his grand salon, yesterday's show felt like a turbocharged take on the original couture shows of the late Forties and Fifties.
Galliano's models posed for France as they glided slowly between rooms in the salon, to the sound of galloping horses' hooves and neighing. And in a neat nod to the layers of inspiration on which modern fashion is built, John Galliano referenced the American designer Charles James, who in turn influenced Christian Dior and his seminal "New Look" of 1947.
Homages to James's flair for unusual colour combinations and the full, sculptural evening dresses he became famous for in the Forties were evident in the second half of the show. The top and bottom of dresses with swirled, draped or swagged skirts came in moss and plum, or sapphire and chocolate.
However, while the clothes – and the presentation – were certainly dramatic, Galliano also showed a uncharacteristic restraint. As a result it was easy to imagine a cream silk dress, that resembled a swirl of whipped cream, being coveted by an heiress for her wedding day, or a sculpted pink and claret ballgown triumphing on the best dressed lists at the Oscars. A final dress, with its beaded bodice in pale pink silk, giant bow at the waist and scalloped skirt in grey tulle, was romantic enough to melt the hardest of hearts. No one needs a couture dress, but only the most practical and unromantic soul could sit through a Dior show without wanting one.
Life & Style blogs
The Evil Within preview: a survival horror fan’s best worst nightmare
Porn film production likely to stop in Los Angeles after actor tests positive for HIV
Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS Association doesn't yet know what to do with all of the money raised
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
iPhone 6 'release date' firmed up in leaked photos of Apple smartphone
- 1 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 2 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 3 George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
- 4 Saudi Arabia executes 19 in one half of August in 'disturbing surge of beheadings'
- 5 Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
- < Previous
- Next >
£28000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Junior VB.NET ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Web De...
Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: HAMPSHIRE MARKET TOWN - A highly attr...
£35000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Network Engineer (CCNP, CCNA, Linux, OSPF,...