Friday, March 4, 2011

Christian Dior Fall 2011 RTW

As I mentioned a few days ago, Christian Dior's creative director, John Galliano has been fired after having gone on an antisemitic rant in Paris. His outburst was caught on tape, as was his remark, "I love Hitler." Dior CEO Sidney Toledano made the following statement at the Fall 2011 show,

"What has happened over the last week has been a terrible and wrenching ordeal us all," he said to an audience of about 1,000 who gathered to watch the company's 2011-12 ready-to-wear show. "It has been deeply painful to see the Dior name associated with the disgraceful statements attributed to its designer, however brilliant he may be. Such statements are intolerable because of our collective duty to never forget the Holocaust and its victims, and because of the respect for human dignity that is owed to each person and to all peoples. These statements have deeply shocked and saddened us all at Dior who give body and soul to their work, and it is particularly painful that they came from someone so admired for his remarkable creative talent." 

Galliano allegedly checked into rehab yesterday. He may still face up to six months in prison. 

Because of these events, the fashion house was apprehensive about how the Fall show would go. Nevertheless, Galliano's garments were presented to an audience of about 1000 people. The show was slightly less spectacular than Galliano's spring couture show presented a few months ago, but was brilliant nonetheless. It was a fusion of rich fall colours and fabrics (think leather, velvet and silk) with more spring-like looks (sheers, pastels, draping). It was a bit of an odd, yet welcome, mix that made me wonder whether John foresaw his future termination from Christian Dior and designed a spring line on top of the fall one....just in case. 

Too soon to joke? Check out some of my favourite looks: 

Posted by: Carla

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