Paris Haute Couture: Christian Dior review

Kicking off Paris Haute Couture week is never going to be easy but with a big name such as Christian Dior you can never really go wrong. Creative Director John Galliano upped the ante by showing a vast selection of red pieces which encompassed a vibrant palette that ranged from pillar box red to tangerine, (this summer’s surprise craze hue), to fuchsia. Every detail, as you would imagine was effortlessly put together and even the models make up was designed to match, with some of them sported striking red lips and matching eyebrows, like something of a red dust colour I would imagine to cover the surface of Mars. the collection itself was extremely 1950s inspired and would not of looked completely out-of-place on the set of Mad Men. Models showed off cinched waists, structured cowl necklines and a mix of pencil and mid-hem skirts. Alternatively there was evening gowns galore and chiffon to boot.

The perfect piece? For me it was a strapless grey evening gown with a rush of ruffles across the front – the model reminded me slightly of the iconic film actress Audrey Hepburn, with her immaculate make up and kitsch lace-inspired head-piece which, I am imagining, was produced by non other than fellow Brit milliner Stephen Jones. The red lips struck again and to top it all off a selection of three-quarter length gloves in black. Stylish and chic.

Apart from the evening sunset hues of red Galliano managed to incorporate a muted pallet of grey, camel and washed-out blue. It all, of course, worked perfectly – but the surprise shock? Galliano’s change of hairstyle. It seems with the references to the X-Factor contestant Wagner, Galliano straightened his locks for a more sophisticated look – a coincidence I’m sure…

View the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011 collection

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