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Paris Couture: Christian Dior

As Christian Dior showcased its first couture collection in Paris yesterday without the disgraced John Galliano at the helm, many were curious to see how the French fashion house would cope without its greatest showman.

Studio director Bill Gaytten and first assistant Susanna Venegas temporary stepped into Galliano’s shoes, however it seems the boots were a little big to fill and many were left disappointed by Dior’s latest line-up.

The eclectic mix displayed a range of silhouettes from clowns in opulent ball gowns to slim-line patent pencil skirts. The collection gave off an almost cartoonish feel with contrasting garish patterns, odd colour combinations and edgy cube headpieces.

One of the 36 outfits combined monochrome stripes with mint green and baby pink whereas another saw a lemon and lilac horizontal striped top with a full skirt decked out in panelled animal print.

There were nods to Galliano’s trademark 1950s shapes with ball gowns cinched in at the waist and organza layered skirts, but in contrast with Dior’s last couture collection with Galliano at the helm they paled in comparison, with nude colours bordering on bland.

Galliano’s successor is yet to be announced but it seems the designer has left a gaping hole to be filled.

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