July 5, 2011 § 2 Comments
It’s couture season in Paris, and the big story of Day 1 was that the circus came to town at Dior. Pastel confetti prints decorated pleated skirts, Zuba-like squiggles covered jackets, and random shapes – cones, spheres, pyramids – nested in the models’ hair like Easter eggs. The collection was like a Project Runway challenge: make a couture dress out of party materials! Except in this episode, nobody won.
The disappointment of this collection has left critics wondering if Dior can succeed without its recently fired star designer John Galliano. Cathy Horyn of the New York Times has speculated that this show was part of a test run for Galliano’s long-time studio assistant Bill Gaytten, who designed this collection and has served as the interim designer for both the Galliano and Dior labels since Galliano’s departure. If this is true, I think it’s safe to say that at least for Dior Couture, Gaytten has failed.
So the question still remains regarding who is talented and marketable enough to maintain Dior’s status as a luxury and design powerhouse. Whoever it is, I hope it’s someone that can handle the pressures of heading such a mammoth label. They can leave their party hat at the door.