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Dior Fall '07 Haute Couture: The Changing of the Guard

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I don’t need to tell you that John Galliano’s recent haute couture show for Christian Dior was a lavish, beautifully done tribute to both the house’s 60th anniversary and the life of Steven Robinson, a longtime Galliano collaborator who died in April, because really: when you stage a show at Versailles it had better be good. By now you’ve probably ogled the clothes and the makeup and the shoes to death, but did you take a real look at the ladies wearing these art inspired garments? It was a collision of worlds, as the models that made me feel bad about myself growing up joined forces with the models that now make me feel bad about myself, sashaying down the runways in a multi generational parade. As always, much love to Stylesight for the fantastic pictures.

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Kicking off the spectacle was Gisele Bündchen in a New Look ensemble that would’ve made the house’s founder proud.

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Usually models’ poses annoy me, but this is just so beautifully done. The angles, the lips, that aquiline nose: perfect.

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I’ve never had any beef with that Helena Christensen, and I especially applaud her recent decision to pull a Demi and date “actor” Josh Hartnett.

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Also, she does a fierce Evita impression.

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Irina Lazareanu is the only model I actively want to befriend. She always looks like she’s enjoying herself, like she knows what a fabulous life/job she has and actually appreciates it.

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She’s also the only model who can strike this ridiculously popular pose and not make me want to break both of her arms.

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Amber Valetta is still what I would call a “handsome woman.”

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Though the lines are starting to show just a bit.

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Sasha Pivovarova is beautiful, but completely unable to close her mouth.

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See? And it’s not just here, she literally does it all of the time. I want to walk up to her, place my fingers under her chin and push up, gently but firmly. Maybe she’d get the hint.

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I saw a photo of Jessica Stam as she was walking into Versailles wearing no makeup and a black tee shirt with Kurt Cobain’s face on it. Even with these handicaps she looked gorgeous.

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The Stam always looks like she’s about give a frank response to a personal question. I guess that’s called talent in the modeling industry.

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Oh Naomi Campbell, you smug, abusive, unrepentant thing, where to begin?

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How about here: Don’t ever do this pose again. Leave the jutting elbows to the younger set and wipe that look off your face, Miss Thing.

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Another fan of the perennially open mouth, the modeling world’s premier Irish step dancer: Ms. Coco Rocha!

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Who I hope managed to stay upright after this rendition of “I’m A Little Teapot.”

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From looking at this picture, you might think Linda Evangelista hasn’t lost her touch.

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But she’s not so sure. When women wonder if they’re still pretty, this is the face they make.

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Maybe those glue-on stars hurt because I’ve never seen living porcelain doll/model Lily Cole looking so angry.

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Or Naomi Campbell looking so bored.

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Shalom Harlow was the only model whose arms were too thin to fill these fantastic leather gloves.

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And she knows it. I bet Naomi was just dying to throw something at her.

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  • alexander léger

    wow. this is the most fun i’ve had all day.

    i love that you made fun of coco “horse teeth” rocha. she is kinda channelling the littlest teapot.

  • Shara Maso

    I just adore the costumes! 🙂 but the makeup…… now that’s something I will have to think about!

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