Paris Fashion Week: Christian Dior autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

On Friday it was Christian Dior’s turn to host their autumn/winter 2012/13 collection, and with rumours rife that both Stefano Pilati (whom had left Yves Saint Laurent) and Raf Simons (who had shown his last collection for Jil Sander) may both be possibilities of taking over this heritage fashion house they were once again squashed by Bill Gaytten who continued to show for his second R-T-W season at Dior.



Last season it was all about the 1950s glamour and this continued again with cinched and belted waists under a cascade of peplum tops, dresses and skirts alongside lady-like leather gloves worn to the elbows.

A selection of houndstooth print jackets were incorporated alongside pleats, fur coats and a palette which ranged from dusky pink to midnight blue. Silk was shown throughout on bows, skirts, dresses and panels which streamed down dresses.

There was also block colour coats with a finale of Oscar worthy gowns swathed in tulle and completed with chiffon with corseted and silk tops.


Paris Fashion Week: Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2012 review

Supermodel Miranda Kerr

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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…

Dior confirms they are firing John Galliano

REUTERS Canada have just filed a report to state that Dior is said to have decided to start procedures against firing fashion designer John Galliano after his anti-Semitic rants were seen posted over the internet by a video clip, and clearly show Galliano reportedly shouting racist abuse at people in a Paris cafe.

“I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the values which have always been defended by Christian Dior,” Christian Dior Chief Executive Sidney Toledano said in a statement.


John Galliano anti-Semitic rant upsets Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman at the premiere gala for Love ...

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It’s bad enough that as reported over the past two days fashion and couture designer John Galliano has upset the nation, and world, over his anti-semitic rants, but you know it’s gone very bad when the A-list start to turn their backs.

Oscar winner Natalie Portman is said to be in ‘shock’ after Galliano’s displays of public racist rants surfaced online yesterday. And notably the pregnant, face of Dior’s Miss Cherie fragrance, is said to have issued a statement speaking out against the Creative Director of Dior revealing her disgust at his actions.

Dior have also issued a statement confirming that Galliano has been suspended from his duties after the designer was arrested last week in Paris and charged with assault after verbally abusing a couple in a Paris café.

‘Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour.’ ‘Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities,’ said a spokesman for the fashion house.

All this days before the Dior autumn/winter 2011/12 show is due to show in Paris. Sacré bleu indeed!


New York Fashion Week: Rodarte A/W11

Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy presented the latest collection for their label Rodarte on Wednesday, with an eclectic front row.  Kanye West and mini blogger Tavi were there, as well as actress Kirsten Dunst, who has long been a fan of the design duo, wearing their creations on the red carpet.

The show took place in a clinically white gallery, filled with light and neon light sculptures, it had a futuristic feel.  This contrasted with the elegant clothes which proceeded to glide down the runway.

Inspiration came from American Plains, the designers looked at landscapes, prairies and wheat fields at different times of day, using dawn, sunset and stormy weather as colour references.  There was a story being told within the collection, starting off with the dawn of the day with pale cream prairie dresses, referencing historical costume and hand crafts such as macramé and folky embroidery.

The collection had a rustic, collage feel to it, using quilting and patchwork techniques with horsehair, lace and tulle.

The drama built, introducing azure blue and stormy greys, as if the clouds were rolling over the hills.  Long draped gowns in fluid shades then gave way to two dramatic scarlet looks, sequinned and structured, referencing a beautiful red sky at sunset.

When Hilary Alexander caught up with Anna Wintour at the show, Wintour said that Rodarte have the potential to become the next Alexander McQueen or John Galliano, a huge compliment for the designers and the gold stamp of approval from the ice-lady of fashion.

View the Rodarte A/W 11 collection here

By Vanessa Woodgate

Paris Haute Couture: Givenchy

Apologies for the delay in posting

A surprising all coloured collection from Ricardo Tisci for the Givenchy spring/summer haute couture show was favourable indeed to see. Gone were his usual trademark black hues and in instead was a palatable display of soft lilacs, creams and white with a splash or canary yellow an fuchsia pink.

The fabulous sculpted creations – some soft, some more structured – showed off his incredible talents and fuse of haute couture with industrial construction. His delicate dresses were so breathtakingly beautiful that you could imagine an array of rich clientele in them.

The collection was inspired by Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno and the crane as a symbol of Asian art; but to me all I could imagine when I saw them was of amazingly crafted dresses that were adorned by Kim Cattrall and co-colleague in ‘Big Trouble In little China’. Cheesy film yes, but arty inspirational clothing even more so…

To view the collection click here

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