Christian Dior took to the runway for a second time to show its Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012 collection only this time it was in Shanghai, China. It was a grand last opportunity for Bill Gaytten, who stepped up to the plate after John Galliano's sudden exit, to show off his skills for Dior. Now with the recent appointment of Raf Simons as artistic director, it was a wonderful chance for the 51-year-old designer to present his second and final collection for the French fashion house.

Inspired by Fifties silhouettes and shapes, the SS12 collection was comprised heavily of ball gowns, pleated skirts and delicate bead work.

"It's a very exciting time. I always said that the right person would come along when all the stars aligned and that's exactly what happened last week," said Dior president and chief executive Sidney Toledano. "[Simons] has already begun to lay out his vision for where he can take Dior in the future and I think we are all very excited by that vision."



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