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Christian Dior Couture

ODE TO ARTISTRY

Paris: Bill Gaytten’s S/S 12 Christian Dior Couture collection was very much an ode to the technical craft of garment construction. In keeping with themes explored by predecessor John Galliano, Gaytten presented a range of silhouettes with a vintage Old Hollywood feel — buoyant fit-and-flare dresses and coats, dramatic peplum tops and pencils, and romantically draped gowns. The interest came from sheer layers which revealed seaming, boning, and other elements of construction. Surface detail like embroidery and ombré dyed effects added dimension to the prim looks in a minimalist palette of black, white, “Dior grey”, and nude, while a series of draped, gathered and wrapped gowns in sheer aubergine embodied pure romance.

Silhouette: Fit-and-flare / Hourglass

Color:  Black / White / Nude / “Dior Grey” / Aubergine

Key Items: Fit-and-flare mini dress / Frothy princess gown / Long-sleeved column dress

Materials: Tulle / Organza / Lace / Chiffon / Silk / Leather

Print + Pattern: Linear + Graphic Plaids / Ombré / Floral Borders

Details + Trim:  Embroidery / Gathering + Shirring / Oversized Bows / Tiers / Peplims

Accessories + Footwear: Glossy Belts / Leather Opera Gloves

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