The Christian Dior show took place in Paris yesterday without John Galliano. Yet instead of a coup de gras from the week long scandal associated with the now fired couturier, the house emerged victorious in what many editors thought of as a formidable "crisis management" show.
Dior CEO Sidney Toledano made a statement before the show regarding the recent events. "It has been deeply painful to see the Dior name associated with the disgraceful statements attributed to its designer, however brilliant he may be," he said. "Such statements are intolerable because of our collective duty to never forget the Holocaust and its victims, and because of the respect for human dignity that is owed to each person and to all peoples."
The collection itself included notable pieces like a "dramatic cape and knickerbockers and "exquisite" lingerie-inspired dresses. And although John Galliano's absence from the show for the first time in fifteen years was not the hot topic of discussion, where his influence lay in the clothes was. One noticeable un-Galliano aspect was the heavy presence of handbags, as was the pared down and undramatic essence of the show. Meanwhile, The London Times called the front row "very sad," and the clothes "quite subdued," wondering, "where did the weird make up and monobrows go?"
At the end of the show, the entire design team of Dior came out in white lab coats to a standing ovation from the audience, perhaps as a sort of united front marking this new chapter in the Christian Dior's history.
Article Source: NY Mag, The London Times, Show Studio
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