there’s no doubting john galliano’s showmanship. christian dior shows are always a study in over-the-top extravagance with some clothes thrown in for good measure. this time around, the theatrics were stripped away in favor of good old-fashioned wearable clothes.
the first section featured skirt suits, with tone on tone embroidery, jackets in different configurations: hip length or waist length with slits at the elbow, rounded “armoured” shoulders, and paired with knee-length pencil skirts and in lightweight suede, linen and cotton blends.
there was an abundance of dresses in draped and pleated silk, shift styles with elbow length sleeves, and wide waists with embroidered flowers. for evening, the glamour was back with white jersey dresses with silver metal rings, silk halters with gold embroidery, and long draped jersey gowns. the color palette was also subdued: sand, pale yellow, white, grey, and olive green, save a few dresses in black with peacock beading.
the accessories were equally pared down, but no less sexy: pointy toe platforms with rivets and cutouts in leather, croc and nubuck, ladylike chain handle bags and braided closure clutches.