Paris Fashion Week Continues

BATD ON Oct 06, 2009 AT 2:09 pm

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf
While most of the designers on the Paris catwalk were searching the depths of their DNA, trust the Dutch duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren to do something different. There’s always a strong reason behind why Viktor & Rolf design their clothes the way they do. This season they literally cut into their dresses, leaving them with gaping holes and missing pieces. “With the credit crunch and everybody cutting back, we decided to cut tulle ball gowns,” Snoeren said.

Not all the dresses belonged only in the glossy fashion pages, some of them actually looked like they could pass in real life. There were some pretty cocktail dresses midway through the show, a short beige dress, embroidered with pale roses and tied with a black satin ribbon and a black ruffled high-waisted skirt with a strapless chiffon top.

They were sticking to the trends, but the credit-crunch couture dress stole the show. One of the frocks cut a good six inches between the top and bottom, seemed like an optical illusion and was beautifully executed. Róisín Murphy also made an appearance, wearing a pink, tulle dress, hiding her pregnant belly, she performed on a pedestal the back of the runway.

Christian Dior S/S 2010

Christian Dior S/S 2010

Christian Dior
John Galliano is the one to thank for this nothing short of magnificent collection from Christian Dior. Always ahead of the rest as he first introduced underwear as outerwear last spring, Galliano took his inspiration from the 1940’s film noir with the central character, a femme fatal with smoldering red lips. Galliano said he was greatly inspired by one of Dior’s biggest patrons, Lauren Bacall. “She was a great Dior client; there are amazing photos of her in the salon with Bogart. It was that and Arletty in Hôtel du Nord,” he said

Galliano stayed true to the French style of lace-trimmed cami-knickers and satin teddies. Some of them paired with short, black leather jackets and shiny silver trenches. The collection ended with long, colourful, sheer gowns, with lacey slips shining through and long, satin dresses that oozed glamour.

In the words of John Galliano, it’s the illusion slip. The models weren’t wearing any underwear; it was cut into the lining. It was “the idea of transparency, a lightness, and a fragility that I love,” says Galliano.

Always one to attract a crowd, Dior brought a lot of familiar faces to the show, including Rihanna, Bruce & Emma Willis, Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, Dita Von Tese, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

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