It’s couture time in Paris, and kicking things off -– in a big way -– was John Galliano. Dior’s Fall 2011 couture collection is one for the records as nods to Mother Nature resulted in exquisite and undeniably imaginative takes on the flower. Per Galliano’s usual craftsmanship, this collection’s looks are divine works of wearable art. From elaborately draped taffeta to beautifully placed feathers, all of Galliano’s ensembles are beautiful replications of the blooming plants he drew inspiration from.
On the runway, models were transformed from typical walking mannequins into gorgeously outfitted flower bouquets, complete with plastic wrapped heads and raffia cinched waists. Hand-painted taffeta and perfectly draped silk reflected the natural beauty of roses and pansies while luxurious ball gowns with elaborate bustles and trains conjured images of nature’s most beautiful and elegant blooms.
While emulating nature’s beauties, Galliano’s couture line holds true to the forms and silhouettes of classic Dior collections. The designer plays up the particularly fitting tulip skirt that Christian Dior himself first made famous, and utilizes the cinched waists and simple necklines of Dior iconography. And although bold colors and flowering plants typically trigger a longing for sunny days and warm temperatures, this collection is made relevant for the fall season by the use of luxuriously warm fabrics and cold weather accessories.
Galliano found the inspiration for his current collection in all types of gorgeous flora, from daffodils to roses. After studying the simple allure and complex composure of flowers, Galliano was able to structure a collection that not only reflects the quiet elegance of these natural beauties, but one that also reminds us all of the organically intricate and complex world in which we live.