As I sat down to begin my review of Christian Dior Fall 2011 Couture, I couldn't help but think back to when I was writing my Spring 2011 Couture review. On that day, I was elated that couture week was starting, and I was eager to let John Galliano take me on another sensational couture experience. The images of the re-imagined New Look are still vividly embedded in my mind in what I described in my review as "haute couture at its absolute finest". In fact, I remember every Dior couture show I have ever seen, and even after all this time, they still manage to take my breath away.
This Dior show, however, is different. Bill Gaytten, who has taken control of the collection, gave us a fun collection, but it unfortunately went astray. Although it's difficult to pinpoint, the theme of the collection seemed to be a Dior circus/disco party. As theatrical as Dior couture shows can get, taking inspiration from a circus is something extremely difficult to pull off, and better left undone. It all started off with cotton candy colours and geometric shapes that were interestingly similar to either patterns found on a clown suit, or pieces of candy. All this was plastered onto the classic Dior silhouette of a cinched waist, and it just seemed a bit crazy.
Watch the entire show here.
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