Dior has had a rough few seasons in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, and it’s easy to get caught up in the comparisons of what went before, and the questions of what will come next. And while those are pertinent concerns indeed, the fashion house’s fall / winter 2012 collection is also one that warrants being looked at, beyond all that, for its own sake. Under the hand of Bill Gaytten Dior’s Paris fashion week show was subdued, distinctly pared back from the Galliano drama. Theatrical it was not, but was it pretty? Yes.
Here was a collection that made elegance its reigning attribute. Waists were cinched. Skirt hems were mid-length. Makeup was kept natural. And with a subdued colour palette and silhouettes that seemed to be drawn from the ’50s these were elegant outfits that weren’t made for exaggerated gasps but for gentle nods of approval. And if that was Gaytten’s intention he played it well.
Still, we expect that there’s more work to be done in finding the right balance between the new Dior and the old drama.
You can see all of the Christian Dior autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree