Paris Haute Couture Week: Christian Dior

Good news everyone: it’s great to be a rich and uptight plutocrat again! Adjust accordingly.

Really, where would those ideals be more appropriately stated than in theChristian Dior Haute Coutureshow this week in Paris? John Galliano paired his Cruella show with English gentry with whip-croppeds and locks of gray hair from Bride of Frankenstein, and while I didn’t love this collection as much as the lingerie-as-outerwear show six months ago, I couldn’t help but smile. Haute Couture Week is like getting a big hug of sparkly beaded fashion.


This collection is brilliant in the sense that the people who will actually have enough money to buy it have probably been rich for so many generations that they might not see it as interesting or subversive, it’s just retro! It’s just like what Grandma was wearing when she went out to meet Grandpa after her fox hunt! And people apparentlystilldo that sort of thing, according to a fantastically rich girl who lived down the hall from me my freshman year of college. Really, it’s strange to ask an 18-year-old girl what she’s doing for the weekend and hear her say, without a hint of irony, that she’s going to her family’s farm for the traditional fall hunt.

Anyway, that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking haute couture! Sadly, she mostly preferred the stark style and equestrian touches to royal clothing, though there were a few pieces that totally stood out. The light colored lace dresses, red and gray color schemes that reminded me of the cinematography inInglourious Basterds, and the redux tuxedo ruffle ball gown were enough to transport me completely to the land of Galliano’s couture vision.

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