Haute couture is something that is always hard to explain, it is extravagancy and sophistication. Collections impress us with their unusual designs and chic embellishments, great accessories and fantastic shoes. This fashion is very closely connected to fine art that we all admire so much.
The garments created are not for everyday wear and the number of buyers is very small actually, but if you own a piece of that you are lucky, and ordinary girls feel envious to you as they will probably never have an opportunity to don an item of this kind.
John Galliano who currently works for Dior has unveiled his fabulous collection for the haute couture season. The designs are awesome and when you look at all this beauty you realize that those extra zeros at Dior labels (an evening dress might cost around £50,000) are no more important, it’s something you want to pay for.
The gowns presented in the collection by Galliano were gorgeous – with full, stiffened skirts, one with four distinct ripples in the shape of a clover, others reined in closer toward the body. Collars were often latticed and laced; sleeves pouffed and pintucked; pleats rolled with feminine power.
Many models were wearing dandyish plumed hats balanced on the elaborately dishevelled hairstyles. And what I personally liked were the shoes, I love this style!
Galliano worked from an evidently limitless budget for a lineup rooted in New Look extravagance yet inspired by the Dutch Masters, from whom he took a rich Vermeer palette (set against plenty of white), a stately “sittings posture” and gracefully flamboyant portrait chapeaux.
As a result we see a fusion of indulgence with control, the frugality apparent in the exacting execution — no errant froth nor trailing appendages. Besides, he placed every rosette, every ribbon, every crystal — and there were many — to create perfection the world has never seen before.
Of course I’m sensitive to the economy. Of course I’m aware of it. I read the newspapers; I watch TV, but [dealing with it] is not my job. My job is to do the best I can to show the possibilities of Dior. When you’re standing in a hurricane, you have to keep your feet firmly on the ground. If you panic, whew…you fly away.”
Thus, Galliano’s notion of being grounded: a collection should demonstrate that Dior will not surrender to recession, though it is not the time to go iconoclast-crazy either.
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