Dior’s Haute Couture A/W 2010/11 show. Riots of raucous colour

by Katie on July 5, 2010

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John Galliano’s Haute Couture A/W 2010/11 show in Paris was simply astounding. (Click the Telegraph video link to see for yourself).

Influenced by the perfumed Normandy gardens of Christian Dior’s childhood, ‘Les Rhumbs’ , Galliano’s riot of imagination translated into the most beautiful explosion of colour that each girl wore like a striding line of balletic graceful flowers, swinging their hips and nodding their masterful Stephen Jones’ cellophane hat covered heads in reams of purple, green, yellow and red, like giant stamen honey traps.

Colour was clashed to perfection and the fine detail was in the styling. An ‘off coloured’ glove here, a contrast flash of colour on a belt there and hey presto, a magic floral kaleidoscope of sun burst colour, mismatched in only the way that Galliano can. This is pure genius at work.

A purple gathered coat fell in folds of fantasy and had shades of old Galliano from his London collections. Delicate folds of purple devore velvet swished on the knee and was paired with a bright pink ribbon belt. Baby blue, structured mohair wool jacket had an enormous cowl neckline and teamed with a black skirt with yellow and purple feather flowers, worn with purple gloves. Bright yellow concoctions screamed for attention, paired with fuchsia gloves…frill and fantasy flounce indeed. A tightly tailored ‘40’s style short sleeve cream jacket was matched with a pale lilac burst of gathered floral silk chiffon piled into tiny flowers – emerald green gloves and a striking thin blue belt set it off. Each outfit was so carefully constructed from a fervent imagination that it was almost unimaginable. Elegant visions as tulips, roses, iris, orchids strolled the catwalk and set the fashion world with the scent of a ‘happening’. New York Times, Cathy Horn was quoted as saying, “the colours sometimes seemed as bright & unnatural as a cell phone image of a Shanghai shopping zone”.

And the make-up? Wowsah! Bright peacock blue eyes with huge drag queen eyelashes looked simply divine as did the bold block, Geisha colour streaks across the eyes in red, purple and orange. Again, mismatched colours looked so new and fresh and exciting that they cannot be ignored. Orange eyes with dark plum lips and dark eyebrows. Bright green blocks of colour with yellow eyelids and all with lashings of black mascara and false lashes. This is high maintenance indeed but what an entrance. Hair stylist, Orlando Pita piled hair high like giant stamen – chic yet breathtakingly bold. Each style swayed like flowers in a gentle breeze.

Make up artist, Pat McGrath who created the make-up looks was quoted as saying it was, “Super modern, super bold shapes, super powerful. NO MATCHING!”. Just like the collection itself.

Video courtesy of the telegraph.co.uk/tv

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