It’s not every day (or every season for that matter) that one gets to meet and greet a legend. But, after watching the stunning show of his Spring/Summer 2011 Dior Haute Couture in Paris, meeting creative head John Galliano backstage was yet another surprise for me. I said ‘yet another’ because I walked into the show expecting the shock element and out-of-the-ordinary creations that the legend is well known for.
But the collection, inspired by iconic illustrator Rene Gruau, was enough to make the beautiful people even more extraordinarily beautiful.
The designer took everyone back to the ’50s, introducing models appearing with bright red shining lips, waltzing in with fairly long time intervals between one and the other.
They struck contouring poses at the end of the runway. Beautiful jackets and voluminous skirts and gowns with interesting embroidery on their slender bodies were something to watch. The designer played around with tulle, silk and wool to make his creations that breathed elegance with traces of vibrance coming intermittently through the presentation.
The craftsmanship of the designer and his ability to bring in a sense of drama (at this show, I felt the same, more from the volume of his creations) and the way the master appeared at the end to take a drink in the applause by striking a pose and walking till the middle of the ramp in his signature style… all made his show something to remember.
At the end of his presentation, the flamboyant designer was extremely courteous and friendly to those who met him backstage… patiently answering questions and greeting his visitors. For me, it was like meeting God at close quarters.
A couple of days prior, at the Dior Homme Autumn/Winter 2011/12 presentation, Antwerp designer Kris Van Assche showed that fluidity mixed with structure on his boys can look hot even in the cold weather.
His narrow jackets with narrower lapels (some of them fused around the body and chest) paired with parallel trousers and heavy boots were interesting. The collection in cashmere came in chocolate, grey, black and yes… red!