O, Happy Day

PARIS…With the soundtrack to The Graduate playing in the background (Here’s to you, Mrs Robinson) John Galliano remarked that for Dior F/W 08/09 “pure glamor,” was his starting point, offering up the iconic looks of Jackie Kennedy and Rachel Welch, big hair! bright color, loud geometric prints and huge hats courtesy of Stephen Jones that recalled the “optimism and opulence” of the sixties. There were neat suits in mouth-watering shades of orange, red and fuchsia or alternatively in menswear fabrics coupled with little fur jackets, and smart day dresses. Evening was another story, strapless gowns with shapes as bouffant as the hairstyles looked young and fresh and alive. What an lovely retro-feminine anti-dote to the anxiety brought on by this moment.


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