RE: RE: Dior SS09
A retro feel modernly re-worked for a sexy and powerful woman: all that fashion should be about.
As iconic as the house of Christian Dior has always been, I have never seemed to appreciate it so much. Indeed Dior’s New Look in the fifties, the unforgettable trapeze dresses, and Yves Saint Laurent’s time at the house are a major part of the golden age of Parisian Couture.
But this image of Haute Couture always seemed very far to me and inaccessible by its overwhelming grandeur. John Galliano’s Dior has carried this evocation of grandeur to me, but with a sense of decadence that not only made it inaccessible to me, but also too provocative for my taste, as opposed to the classic Dior of pre-Galliano.
Too excessive, too colourful, too crazy, too woman, too much couture, feathers and patterns. Just too much. That’s how I have often interpreted Galliano’s collections for Dior. Undoubtedly incredible shows, but just not for me, not wearable prêt-à-porter enough.
The Gisele Bunchden ads, overtly over-sexualised porno-chic, logo-focused and glitters did not convince me much more.
However, Galliano’s latest collection for the house has left me literally speechless. It completely summed up what I like about Paris Spring/Summer 09 collections: unapologetic glamour and retro shapes modernly re-worked (see Balmain previously). And God knows the eighties “NEED to be re-worked to work”.
Unsurprisingly, my favourite looks of the show include mini-dresses – wait, that was the whole show actually! – tuxedo jackets, black, sheer and structured hourglass shapes. A lot of similarities with Charles Anastase – whom I MUST feature here soon for it is the epitome of utter romantic fabulousness.
Nevermind those who complain about lack of creativity or “fire” in that collection, for the very first time, it made me want to wear some Dior. And I found that – provocation being easy – one of the real challenges of fashion today is to make people dream about ACTUALLY wearing clothes: this is where creativity and talent are ultimately expressed.