Monday, January 22, 2007

Dior kicks off Paris couture

Couture week kicked off in sumptuous style with a Japanese-inspired show by John Galliano for Christian Dior.
Two looks from Dior's spring-summer 2007 haute couture show (photos: Joelle Diderich)

Getting to the Dior show is always a hassle. Between the tickets that arrive at the very last minute, the venue (a polo club on the outskirts of Paris with no public transport access) and the obstructive security guards, it is a miracle anyone makes it inside the tent. But once the lights go down, all rancour disperses. Galliano's creativity, coupled with the craftsmanship of his couture staff, combine to make pure magic.
Model Erin O'Connor poses in an elaborately embroidered coat; a creamy chiffon dress with parasol hat (photos: Joelle Diderich)

It's a year of anniversaries for Dior. Galliano this year celebrates 10 years at the helm of the house, which itself commemorates 60 years of existence. To celebrate the event, the house created a set inspired by its historic headquarters on avenue Montaigne. The idea was that the models would amble slowly across the different parts of the set - except that the girls could barely move in their heavy gowns, so that by the middle of the show, they were literally queuing up to pose for photographers. Still, it gave the audience all the more time to admire their outfits.
A model in a kimono-inspired jacket is showered with paper butterflies (photo: Joelle Diderich)

Among the guests was the ever-friendly Diane Kruger, who told me she does not use a stylist except for junkets (and also admitted she slightly rued her choice of dress for the Golden Globes last year). Also attending was the newly single Dita Von Teese, wearing the cutest little black sequin beret. The star quotient is due to rise on Wednesday, with Cate Blanchett and Tina Turner expected at the Armani Prive show. On that subject, I received a invitation today to the Armani dinner after the show and, to utter a classic line, I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!

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