Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2011: Christian Dior without John Galliano

After 15 years of John Galliano at the reins, Christian Dior‘s first Haute Couture show without him was dramatically different. The much anticipated collection drew the likes of Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee, Russian model Natalia Vodianova and half of Paris with streets being closed off around the Musée Rodin. With Bill Gaytten as creative director (Galliano’s assistant for 23 years) the show had a distinctly 80’s vibe to it with pastel prints teamed with bright head pieces and architectural shapes.

The collection started with colour blocked pastels, drifting to brightly coloured gowns in red, yellow, blue and green, some structured with ruffles and others more fluid and almost of a kaftan style.

Next were the ball gowns, with roses as the main inspiration – fitting in nicely with the venue – the rose garden at the Musee Rodin. The gowns were stunning: full multi-layered tafetta skirts with fan-like embelishments, mimicking the petals of a rose in simple white. For the finale, Karlie Kloss closed the show dressed as Pierrot the clown.

Of the collection Gaytten said “I wanted this collection to be very modern”.

However, will this drastic depart from previous collections sell? What do you think?

Video: The Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2011 Haute Couture show

Katie Hill loves writing about fashion from all over the world. A self-confessed shopaholic, she is always seeking out the lastest news and newest trends.