Saturday 25 November 2017

Dior plays safe with revamped 1950s look

THOMAS ADAMSON

Christian Dior revamped the 1950s' New Look for its 2012 spring-summer haute couture collection, with stand-in designer Bill Gaytten playing it safe, with success, following last season's panning.

Floaty silk crepe silhouettes with nipped waists -- in shades of beige, aubergine, red, black and white -- filed through the sumptuous salons of the couturier on the Avenue Montaigne yesterday.

Mr Gaytten had clearly hit on the house's signature pieces from their 1950s heyday, in a back-to-basics move following the fall-winter couture flop. Despite its predictability, the collection somehow worked, perhaps by dint of its subtlety and textural detail.

A classic A-line bar suit was given a light touch in ultra-feminine sheer silk with a full skirt, giving the show an ethereal, otherworldly feel.

Black silk dresses were painstakingly embroidered with delicate beads, followed by knee-length skirts featuring long knife-pleats that fluttered like butterfly wings.

The piece de resistance came near the end: a floor-length ballgown with a full black and white tulle skirt that brushed teasingly past photographers.

Meanwhile, Donatella Versace climbed Mount Olympus for inspiration in the opening show of Paris' spring-summer haute couture week, in top form after an eight-year hiatus.

Gold metal discs sculpted the busts and accentuated the hips. The clothes were pure Grecian drama.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editors Choice

Also in World News