PFW A/W ‘11 Report: Christian Dior

04 March 2011

We can't deny that we expected some drama at the Christian Dior show. But you know about all of that already. Dramas aside, let's concentrate on the collection.

The show notes told us to expect 'dandyism', 'romance' and 'englishness', so far so Galliano for Dior. After all, that's what everyone knew they were watching. From the velvet knickerbokers and plus-fours, to the ribbon-tie frock coats, he was everywhere. Glossy fur galore and rich jewel colours, Dior's A/W '11 offering was flirty and young. But as the models played up to the cameras, it became easy to forget that Dior has changed forever. A black lace dress, dressed with a black tux jacket thrown over it made us think that it was a perfect Kate Moss look, but will she wear Dior again (she is very close to Galliano)?

The finale of glorious, but barely there, lace and tulle dresses in soft pastel shades was a reminder that Dior is the first stop for a beautiful glory dress.

Of course, everyone knows that Dior is not a one-man show, and today's collection made that clear as the entire atelier team took their bow.

This marks the beginning of a new chapter for Christian Dior, but the strong foundations have always been there and always will be.

- Kay Barron in Paris


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