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Christian Dior Spring 2012 – Paris Fashion Week

After last year’s John Galliano fall-out, luxurious fashion house Christian Dior put atelier director Bill Gaytten in charge of its spring/summer 2012 collection, until John Galliano’s successor will be officially named. With a rather safe approach, the designer skimmed through the house’s most popular shapes and reinterpreted them in a very demure manner. The result? What we could guess from the new Christian Dior Spring 2012 collection, unveiled during Paris Fashion Week, is that a rather tamed spring is ahead. The Musée Rodin was flooded with ladylike, extremely refined silhouettes and a romantic, vintage glam vibe. Very chic, feminine and delicate, the Christian Dior Spring 2012 collection really impressed the audience, making them unconsciously fall in love with each and every design.


Sensual modernity seemed to be the concept Gaytten wanted to transfer to the audience through simplistic and beautiful ensembles, classic silhouettes, feminine curves and a definite Parisian style, this way making the already popular extravagant Dior woman yield to a more ladylike one. Actually, most of the designs were the safe interpretations of the already familiar Dior looks, such as the round-shouldered, peplum New Look Bar jacket, the black and white full skirts, or the cocktail and evening dresses. The collection was described as reworking “the codes that define the house to the present, a modern silhouette inspired by the iconic Basque of the Veste Bar Dior. Elegant proportions are revisited and refined to create a new contemporary luxury.”
The story the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2012 collection was telling, was captivating from the very first look to the final evening dresses. Famous models Karolina Kurkova and Miranda Kerr walked down the runway, presenting some of the gorgeous looks of the legendary French house.
Sophistication and femininity are the best words to describe the incredible Christian Dior spring 2012 fashion line. There was a whole kaleidoscope of delicate evening gowns, but also impeccable daytime, casual looks and everything was embellished by demure details and embroideries. The color palette included light and soft hues, as well as splashes of red and graphic black-and-white check, while prints varied from mosaic-like to herringbone and stripe patterns, bringing a bit of pop to the minimal palette. Silk, organza, tulle and lace were the main fabrics used, which boosted delicacy and ladylike allure to the max. Keeping Dior’s extravagant evening wear looks, the finale of the show featured lingerie inspired gowns made of sheer material, silk, tulle and lace.
Accessories used added a modern vibe to the entire line. Softly shaped 1920s fedora hats in black and white, box purses in snakeskins with Dior letter charms, tweed clutches, high-heeled sandals with silver zipper trims, and oversized silver choker necklaces and cuffs perfectly accomplished the looks. Beauty-wise the Dior woman opts for crimson lips and long lashes, paired with sleek, side-parted buns.
Although some fashionizers may call the Christian Dior spring 2012 collection safe and demure, still nothing can compare to Dior and its effortlessly chic spring looks!

Photos courtesy of WWD