fall prêt-à-porter, paris: christian dior
by Jeremy Danté
as news of galliano’s shocking anti-semetic remarks have been heard ’round the world- all eyes were no doubt on the house of christian dior this season, even more than usual. as galliano’s highly publicized exit from the house has made headlines, heads turn & heads shake- the dior collection remains perfectly in place. as the last collection designed by john galliano, whom was hired at dior in 1996 with a co-sign by anna wintour, the theatricality we’ve come to expect from dior may be up for a bit of a shift. this season, a powerful dark palette was presented, as karlie kloss opened the show in a show stopping cape, large brimmed hat, leather knee-high boots & a leather coat. the vision of galliano has become so iconically associated with the house of christian dior & it will definitely be a spectacle once his position is filled. chic use of fur was seen as dramatic design lines accented the height of each model, adorned in vintage inspired jewelry & details, a known favorite of galliano. before the show was to begin, a speech was given allowing dior to make a public statement about the value they feel still exists in the house & is kept in tact with the removal of john galliano. with all of the media insanity, no front row photos or backstage access was granted in an attempt to maintain order from the already heavily crazed circumstance. use of snakeskin, tweed & ruffles were seen throughout the collection & proved once more that galliano was a colorful character full of life & creativity, during his time at dior. as galliano still has his own namesake collection to fall back on, that show was cancelled. due to his anti-semetic remarks, galliano can face up to six months in prison & will go to trial. overall, the collection remains alive thanks to the work of dior’s atelier, whom did the final bow at the end of the show.