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christian dior Christian Dior Spring 2012 | Paris Fashion Week

Dior’s Tamed Spring – After last season’s Galliano fall-out, fashion house Christian Dior put atelier director Bill Gaytten in charge of its spring 2012 collection and the change was evident. The new season showcased a less extravagant Dior woman with classic silhouettes that paid homage to feminine curves and Parisian style. Prints varied from mosaic-like to herringbone and stripe patterns, bringing a bit of pop to the minimal palette. Not losing sight of Dior’s extravagant evening wear looks, however, the finale featured lingerie inspired gowns made of sheer material, silk, tulle and lace.

diorcouture Dior Fall 2011 Couture | Paris Haute Couture

Inspired Dior – Marking the first haute couture collection not designed by John Galliano in fifteen years, Dior unveiled its fall 2011 couture garments at the Musée Rodin today. The design team, led by Bill Gaytten and his assistant Susanna Venega, was inspired by former Dior designer Marc Bohan’s creations. Juxtaposing whimsical prints and vibrant hues, the collection hit a number of references from Dior archives to bohemian chic in the form of floor length dresses.

diorfall Christian Dior Fall 2011 | Paris Fashion Week

In light of John Galliano’s recent anti-Semitic remarks and his subsequent firing from Dior, focusing on the fall 2011 collection for its actual garments and not the controversy surrounding its ex-creative director is surely a difficult task. Nevertheless, the show must go on, and the show did go on this Friday with models parading down the runway in Galliano’s signature romantic Parisian flair. The color palette took was very autumn with deep burgundy, gothic black and emerald greens. Towards the end, the designs became more light and airy, showcasing ruffled dresses that were a cheeky cross between lingerie and evening wear.

For the finale, the label’s design atelier took to the stage–signaling the end of an era for Dior. John Galliano’s successor has yet to be named and with only speculation so far, it looks like the fashion world will have to wait for some time yet before Dior’s next chapter begins.

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