Paris Haute Couture: Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2011-12
It is the first Haute Couture collection for Christian Dior without John Galliano at the helm, so naturally many were curious to see how the house would fare. However according to WWD, without a couturier, the answer was "not well." Galliano's right-hand-man Bill Gaytten and first assistant Susanna Venegas took the reigns of a unbelievably difficult task to continue the strength that lay in Dior's dramatic creativeness. Despite no official announcement of a succession as yet, the pair were put in charge of filling in the gaping hole left by Galliano.
The collection started off with colourful pop-art prints and featured loads of Galliano's flair and shapes, but it bordered on overkill at some points. A combination of eye-popping graphics, clashing prints and references to all kinds of eras, e.g. Fifties, Seventies and Eighties, just didn't seem to flow. The sweeping ballgowns still made their grand entrance and were designed to be modern rather than historical. Unfortunately not even these lavish creations could save the overall messy and disjointed feeling this collection left behind. Tell us what you think of Dior's Haute Couture Autum/Winter 2011-12 collection by leaving your comments below. Also, check out the beauty looks for this show at Kiss and Makeup.