74152340.jpgHelping to kick off the cruise collections yesterday was Dior with a banging show in New York. John Galliano helped to cement my love of him with a colourful show uniting different elements of colour, style, detail and fabrics defying those who predict the sixties trend will soon die out. There were definite hints of Elizabeth Taylor not just in the clothes but also hair styles and makeup. That bouffant beehive, thick eyeliner and false eyelashes had Taylor stamped all over it. Likewise there were nods towards the recent turban trend originally revived by Prada and which Taylor helped to pioneer in the early Hollywood days.

More photos from the collection after the jump...

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It wouldn't be a Galliano collection without the attention to detail. Combining ornate neck and head jewellery, focus was concentrated on high chokers, over-sized earrings and hair clips. Animal prints are also tipped to remain featuring in floaty dresses, cropped trousers, '60s full frocks and wide-brimmed hats.

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There was also an obvious eastern influence (perhaps a nod to Liz Hurley's recent Indian-themed wedding?) Eastern influences aren't foreign to Galliano as we recently saw in his spring '07 couture collection with his Madame Butterfly-inspired show.

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It also wouldn't be a Galliano/Dior show without some amazing gowns. There were subtle hints of his recent 'folding' trend with this pink couture-esque gown (above, middle) which have been a big hit with the celebs. Similarly, he continued his use of feathers (above, left) as seen in his previous ready-to-wear show. However, it was the palette of different colours which truly made Dior's latest collection a feast for the eyes!

[Images: Getty]

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