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Dior – Flower Power

WITH bespoke gowns costing up to $30,000 and suits a mere $15,000, it is hardly surprising that the Paris haute couture week has felt the chill wind of the financial recession.

The annual display of fashion’s finest has been reduced to a three-day event. But John Galliano’s magical, floral-inspired collection for Christian Dior suggested there was still plenty of life in the art of Paris couture.

The Rodin Museum in Paris was transformed into a garden of earthly delights with the scent of hundreds of pink roses. Actresses Blake Lively, Jessica Alba and Lou Doillon added colour as they watched a collection the Gibraltarian-British designer says was inspired by such fashion and flower photographers as Irving Penn and Nick Knight.

Models hit the runway with heads wrapped in coloured cellophane headgear created by London milliner Stephen Jones. Others sported bulb-like hairdos. Galliano’s vision was upside-down bouquets of flowers with his models as the blooms. Petals lapped at their hips in an explosion of vivid orange, violet, yellow, green and pink. Pretty, full ballerina skirts danced in pansy pink. The vintage tulip silhouette also made a welcome return in a respectful nod to Dior’s history.

The Paris haute couture has been the week that divides the fashion haves from the have-nots: the price buys a unique garment, hand-made and fitted. It has been the Russian oligarchs and Chinese billionaires keeping Christian Dior, Valentino, Chanel and Giorgio Armani’s Prive in business. But reducing the week to three days is emblematic of hard times at the luxury end of the market.

Story VIA smh.com