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Christian Dior's 'New Look' inspires the nostalgia-fest of the autumn season. An hourglass silhouette is unashamedly feminine and even more romantic. Adding 1950s-inspired accessories to match ensures an effect that is just as picture-perfect as the original...
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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.
Even in a recession, sex sells. At the Paris couture shows, where designers turn fantasy into reality, the mood was decidedly sultry. Carola Long reports
Christian Dior was the first big name to show at the spring/summer 2009 collections in Paris yesterday and, suffice it to say, that the label currently best-known for dressing Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in suitably demure style has just turned up the voltage.
"Of course they are hard to wear," says the designer Kris Van Assche, on the voluminous trousers in his debut collection for Dior Homme shown in July last year. "But then, at the beginning, everybody thought that stretch black jeans were hard to wear." Now, thanks to the legacy of Van Assche's predecessor, Hedi Slimane, the slim silhouette dominates menswear, from mod-inspired suits to the ubiquitous skinny jeans.
Critics have predicted its death for years - but haute couture is riding high again
John Galliano, the Christian Dior designer, kicked off the round of couture shows in Paris yesterday with an elegant visual argument for haute couture's place in the modern world.