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Category: Haute couture

COUTURE: Dior Spring 2011

John Galliano
Label Dior Haute Couture
Collection: Spring 2011 for Paris Haute Couture

The couture shows have begun. While I didn’t cover Paris Menswear(I was waiting for video which sadly hasn’t surfaced for many shows) I have all intentions on covering some of the couture shows and what better way to start than with Grandfather Dior?
For Spring 2011(I had a slight mixup on which season we were in on Twitter), John Galliano seems to have hit his stride with the Dior Haute Couture collections. For this latest collection, he’s kept the same general silhouette, one that will fit beautifully on the new Miss Dior Cherie, Natalie Portman, in her pregnant state, while changing the color palette and experimenting with a few tweaks in materials and detailing. Opening the show with runway stomper Karlie Kloss, Galliano evokes a strong, but beautiful aesthetic for the brand including a few sheathes and even some full skirts. The show only has me anticipating the rest of the week.


S/S 2010: Christian Dior

I love Granddaddy Dior as much as the next person but i have to be completely honest. The show had a variety of themes, Galliano sited “The Gibson Girl”, an equestrian leaning, as well as Charles James. That being said… I don’t see much different from the last Dior show. Maybe it’s just the Dior aesthetic combined with the fact that Mr. Galliano again held the show at the line’s headquarters… oh and the fact that the last show was staged with a backdrop of 4,000 roses and this year it was 3,000. Maybe it’s also the fact that lace was a major player in both collections and… so was the opulence of jewelry… They were very different collections… if you take out all the things I just said 🙂 I still love you though Granddad

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Fall 2010: Josephus Thimister

“I feel very peaceful and excited to be returning to couture week,” says Josephus Thimister after his 8 year hiatus from the fashion world, and decade break from couture. You may not recognize his name but you undoubtedly know of his work: Balenciaga circa late 1990’s as well as Karl Lagerfeld before that. Hailing from the Antwerp Fashion School(which gives us so many good names) Thimister has decided to present his Fall collection during the Spring/Summer showing. The collection, which has been ready since October, got it’s slot after the slot was vacated by Christian Lacroix(we must pause for the greats…)

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The theme is kind of evident. you can sense the violence and yet you can see the ornate qualities of the garments. This goes hand in hand with the theme he stated, “Bloodshed & Opulence”. I’m a sucker for jackets as you should know(and tailored ones make me DIE), and red is definitely a color that pops. Combine this together with an earthy green, and a few select knitwear peices and you get a wonderful collection.

Now as for him showing a fall collection… I APPLAUD Mr. Thimister. Do you want to know why? Because back in the day when the schedules were made, the average person didn’t have access to pictures from the shows until they came out in magazines… a year later. Well nowadays, as you can see… we have access, minutes after the show ends. So why show a collection, and build up demand for it… and then watch that demand die over time?? It makes no since so Josephus Thimister gets an A from me for doing it this way… oh and you too Alexis.

S/S 2010: Alexis Mabille

Alexis Mabille again loves to keep them talking. He kicks of Paris Luxury Week, what before was the Spring/Summer Paris Haute Couture, with a collection that is not spring or summer, but a continuation of his fall/winter collection, and that arguably isn’t couture. I know you guys may be getting tired of the runway shows but, well this one is the last week before we head on over to the big shows. It is a welcome reprieve from the menswear show because as you notice there is an absence of men, and well, an influx of color. Mabille utuilizes a method of color blocking that shocks editors back into technicolor after two weeks of predominately neutral colors. And as you can see with the neckline above, he’s not quite done with the bow!

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