One word: Dior
Quite simply, the show must go on. As awkward and intense as the past week may have been for the label, Christian Dior has prominently and respectfully proven why they are the most important house in the entire fashion industry. Shortly before commencing today's wonderful ready-to-wear presentation, Dior president Sidney Toledano delivered a brief statement on recent events followed by the foundations and core values of the renowned fashion label. “What has happened over the last week has been a terrible and wrenching ordeal for us all,” Toledano said. “It has been deeply painful to see the Dior name associated with the disgraceful statements attributed to its designer, however brilliant he may be. These statements have deeply shocked and saddened us all at Dior who give body and soul to their work, and it is particularly painful that they came from someone so admired for his remarkable creative talent".
Noticeably absent of course was John Galliano and his personal design team. Nonetheless, the new collection was fairly pleasing to one's eye.
With a delightfully French aesthetic in mind, models trotted down the catwalk in a colorful array of practical, yet stylish, sportswear catered to a more youthful appearance. There were few references of Galliano's affection towards Dior's signature bar jacket which has been shown quite frequently in past collections. Still, plenty ensembles featured lovely pleated skirts in various colors and prints to slim-silhouette blazers and coats. Sporting softer make-up and hair compared to previous runway shows, several models were clad in fur wrist and neck-warmers and toting the iconic Lady Dior handbag in a variety of styles and colors. In all, John Galliano's final ready-to-wear collection for the label was a somber reminder that this genius' vision will no longer be shared with Christian Dior.
Nevertheless, today's presentation signified a promising future and outlook for the legendary House of Dior.
All photos courtesy of Womens Wear Daily.