Couture week in Paris kicked off on Monday and it’s been one gorgeous show after another – we’ll be giving you the lowdown on all of our favorites so stay tuned. The first show was the Christian Dior Couture show designed by the charismatic John Galliano. His couture collections for Dior are always very theatrical and this season the term “burlesque” may be more appropriate than “theater” as many of the looks involved varying states of undress.
“In this economic climate, I want to focus on the established codes of Dior: the Bar jacket, the panther, the lily of the valley,” Galliano said of his inspiration for the season. Galliano does an impeccable job of bringing back Dior’s women of the 1950s gracefully gliding in “new look” pieces. He took it really back to basics – starting with pretty underthings – they are the basis of all outfits, no? Imagine couture (and thus hand made) bras, corsests, tap pants and garters, girdles and stockings – ooh la la!
The lingerie as outerwear is at its most-sophisticated in this collection, and the plays on sheerness are right on trend for the Fall 2009 season. Many of the looks featured gowns with missing bodices, jackets with no bottoms – but all the models looked supremely put together. The collection featured a fresh invigorating palette of fuchsia, purple, yellow, and orange offset by neutrals such as black, white, nude and blush pink. Though more of a spring palette, I think the colors will serve to boost spirits in this dreary time. All in all, the collection is gorgeous and is a girly-girl’s fantasy – check out the slide show to see the rest of the looks.
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- Christian Dior Couture Spring 2009
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- M.I.S.S. Couture 2009: Alexis Mabille
- Paris Spring Couture Collections