PFW: Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2011

 John Galliano truly understands everything that Christian Dior stands for. As different as it may be from his own John Galliano line, he is unusually good at making the two so separate, and embodying all that Dior stands for in the process. For Spring/Summer 2011, Galliano’s bold imagination enveloped us, as we became ensnared in a nautical, glamour infused adventure.

Sheer gowns and dresses in bright pinks, blues and violets formed the body of this collection, as well as nautical themed navy and white with a touch of masculine tailoring. Galliano gave it his own twist by adding sailor hats and exotic prints, as well as slouchy safari jackets. Tie-dye made a splash, teamed with crochet for a textured effect, while one eye-popping crochet dress in a blue and white print was breathtakingly revealing and seductive.

There was a mix of masculinity which came in cargo pants in a fitted style that were teamed with simple buttoned-up jackets with flared collars. A similar masculinity could be seen in some navy-coloured gilets, teamed over feminine, brightly printed cocktail dresses. The gowns were floral inspired, teamed with petal-like necklaces and featuring bold prints and plunging necklines. Tight curls and red lips made each look 1950’s inspired, in a kind of on-set 50’s Hollywood style.

Galliano’s collections for Dior are always remarkable - they immerse you into his vision instantaneously, only to leave you gasping for more on the other side. It was all-out glamour, perhaps waging a war against minimalism, and giving an apt reason to ditch the neutral styling of seasons past overboard, not that Galliano ever notices what anyone else is doing anyway- his fantastical world which is the wormhole to his creativity is impermeable to anyone else.

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