In the first show at the French fashion house since John Galliano’s departure the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2012 collection was shown by the Dior team instead – headed up by Galliano’s former right-hand man Bill Gaytten.
After the Dior Couture show was panned back in July (sparking outrage worldwide), Gaytten and his team have been working relentlessly on this current collection until a new predecessor is announced officially. However, for now Gaytten’s collection for Dior was strong, simple and understated; a complete contrast to Galliano’s usual fairytale extravaganzas.
Models Karlie Kloss, Miranda Kerr and Karolina Kurkova all walked for the show adorning chignon 1950s style hair which matched sections of the collection perfectly. Soft separates, cardigans, organza prom style skirts and tweed collar-less coats were all thrown into the mix in soft pale blue hues and monochrome colours. Some models also adorned fabulous hats that were created by milliner Stephen Jones – a usual trait for a Dior/Galliano show.
Soft chiffon dresses in patterned prints and deep low ‘V’ plunge necklines were also shown as staple pieces beside a palette of nude, peach and pillar box reds. Belts were also used to accessorise dresses and skirts, cinching in waists.
For evening, red carpet worthy floor length chiffon gowns were matched with cute cocktail dresses and short-sleeved beaded tops paired with see-through maxi skirts; all extremely wearable.
As chic as the collection was it still does not disclose the certainty of the designer now standing in at the helm. This will be one brand that will be watched carefully over the next six months…