Good news, everyone – it’s cool to be an uptight, rich plutocrat again! Adjust accordingly.

Really, where would those ideals be more appropriately on display than at the Christian Dior Haute Couture show this week in Paris? John Galliano styled his Cruella-meets-English-nobility show with riding crops and streaks of Bride of Frankenstein grey hair, and although I didn’t adore this collection as much as I did the lingerie-as-outerwear show from six months ago, I couldn’t help but smile. Haute Couture Week is like getting a big, beaded, sparkly fashion hug.


This collection is kind of brilliant in that the people that actually will have enough money to buy it have probably been rich for so many generations that they may not see it as at all interesting or subversive – it’s merely retro! It’s like what grandmother wore when she rode out to meet grandfather after his fox hunts! And people apparently still do that sort of stuff, according to a fantastically wealthy girl that lived on my hall during my freshman year of college. Really, it’s weird to ask an 18-year-old chick what she’s doing for the weekend and hear her say, without a trace if irony, that she’s going to her family’s estate for the traditional fall hunt.

Anyway, that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about couture! Sadly, I mostly preferred the stiff-upper-lip styling and and equestrian touches to the actual clothes, although there were a few pieces that were absolute standouts. The lightly colored lace dresses, the red and grey color schemes that reminded me of the cinematography in Inglourious Basterds, and the tuxedo redux ruffled ballgown were all enough to transport me entirely to the land of Galliano’s couture vision.

                 

Images via Fashionologie

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  • Reese

    I was SO excited to see this today. This is exactly the type of styling that is pure me. When I look at clothes and design i usually go for something in this genre, but it is the first time in a long time that it is exactly right. I hope it influences other designers and lines. That would make me truly happy. :)

  • Brigette

    As usual, I just love your review! I’m crazy about the first equestrian look and if in some life I was a princess, I wouldn’t hesitate to slip on the gown with the pink bustier and scalloped bottom. It’s gorgeous!

  • Terri

    I love the equestrian look. In fact I have a velvet equestrian riding hat and I wear it with my red riding jacket whether it’s the “in” piece or not! Attitude is everything in life so if you feel it wear it!!!

  • Chris

    Beautiful. In particular No 1, 4, 6, 10, 14, 16. If only I could afford haute couture. But thank you anyway for the pics – they make me dream.

  • Paula

    Love, Love, Love…..

  • Rach

    No one does the combination of haute couture/costume/wearability like Galliano and Dior!!! Love this Dior collection, as I do every season!

  • Karin bag4bag

    Lovely. Just a question – is that Kylie Minogue in the front row wearing the grey dress with black buttons? Refer Dior No 11, the vibrant red frock coat dress.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Ha, good eye! That’s absolutely her.

      • lola!

        OMG I LOVE U AMANDA!!!!

  • hec

    i love it i think its very dior to me it finishes the cycle of what is the romance of dior with galliano with a touch of bohan and even a hint of saint laurents years at dior that is why i think this collection is perfect because it gives me a sense of full total dior in all of its glory through all of the ages sublime perfection for me i well i love it !!!!!!!!!

  • hec

    oh and the white modern my fair lady at ascot look is just DIOR !!! thererfore GLORIOUS

  • Ashley

    I don’t know why but I was expecting more than that from Galliano, compared to his past couture collections, this must be one of the weakest, feels like he’s taking a rest from having very theatrical, museum-worthy collections and that’s okay too, I just wish that he’d do one again in the future.

  • liveeka

    whip whip whip!! DIOR! ugh they are amazing!! they always are the best couture ever!!

  • mina

    yep , i love Christian Dior too. when i see it , my heart will just go with it. i cant resist the beaty of the bags, it is just so glamorous .

  • Somaye

    The always innovative John Galliano this time mixes his modern designs with plutocrat-museum dresses (fb)

  • Mae

    Ooh! I just love everything Christian Dior. They always put on the best runway show on Earth!
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