Weeks after Galliano’s very public split with Dior, no replacement has been confirmed for his position at the top fashion house.
We all know from the AW11 show that Dior has a large team behind the legendary name, but the fashion world still waits with bated breath to find out who will be taking the lead.
Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci has been all but confirmed as the new creative head, prompting a domino fall of speculations as to who would then fill his empty shoes at Givenchy.
However, all parties involved refuse to confirm the rumours, and it emerged this week that Dior may not announce the name of their new creative director for many months.
Speculation is rife as to why the announcement has been so delayed, with legal issues over Galliano’s contract, and a fear that the new collection would be overshadowed by the scandal, being cited as reasons for the delay.
Either way, we know that the pressure will be on the new creative head to produce the spectacular collections Dior is known for. We continue to watch and wait for the announcement of the year.
It seems we’ve barely had the chance to think about our summer wardrobes, but it is now time to start considering essentials for AW11. The structured two pieces and classic shapes seen for spring will still be on trend for autumn, as ladylike was once again a key trend on the catwalk.
Christopher Kane showed a very wearable ladylike collection with beautifully tailored knee skimming skirts in darker tones, embellished with sheer panels. His classic cuts were offset by plastic cut-off embellishments in fiery reds and oranges, or mermaid-esque underwater green, which ran from prim ladylike collar to high waisted skirt.
In Paris, Dior offered a glamorous collection for the upmarket woman. Ladylike textures and fabrics – chiffons, fur stoles, ruffles, bows, pastel shades – exuded the high fashion glam expected of the couturier. Smoky heavy eye make up plus feathered hair suggested this the morning after the night before for the Dior woman. The collection was bravely presented in the wake of scandal, and as Galliano’s swansong ended, the entire Dior creative team took to the runway clad in white lab coats.
Marni’s ladylike offering appeared most obviously in their shapes. 50s style two pieces – another key trend – boxy bags and gloves were expertly crafted in muted colours straight from a debutante’s wardrobe. A hint of punchy jewel tones – forest green, velvety navy blue, coral and dazzling royal blue, played a part in a collection that exuded luxury. Thick coats in moss green and brown, teamed with slim belts worn high on the waist gave a nipped in silhouette, and black and tan heels tied at the ankle completed the chic, sophisticated look.
An exciting contribution to ladylike was found at Manish Arora. Elements of the East were present within the collection, with Arora’s Indian roots showing in eye catching brights and embellishments. Fringed boots and tough metallics had an almost masculine edge, but the collection had all the hallmarks of a lady – leather gloves, knee length tailored two pieces and flowing silks, all with Arora’s trademark vibrancy.
Just as Paris Fashion week was kicking off to a great start, news breaks that head designer one the of the fashion house’s biggest names – Dior – is sacked from the company. Last Thursday John Galliano was accused of anti-semitic and racial abuse and these charges have now been filed according to the Telegraph. This is extremely disappointing news for avid fashion lovers like us here at TellusFashion, Galliano was a fashion master and there was no-one who could do Haute Couture quite like him. I applaud Dior however, as no-one should be given a second chance after doing such things – its truely disgusting.
Someone has got some big boots to fill – who do you think could be in the running for the job and how do you all feel about the recent events at Dior?!
For a man who has such talent and has created some of the most saught after pieces for Dior since 1996, its a big waste. Lets take a look at some of his work over the past few weeks below..
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Starting with my absolute favourite from the fall runway collection 2010