Christian Dior’s Spring/Summer 2012 Couture Collection was a shot at redemption for Bill Gaytten. John Galliano’s long term design director had a disastrous couture showing last season and a return to the craftsmanship, heritage, and elegance of the Dior label seemed this season’s only plausible solution.
The ‘X-ray’ theme was quite literal with Gaytten aiming to reveal the intricate construction of his well thought out haute couture creations. Sheer white and black floral embroidered flared organza gowns and blouses cinched at the waist were a feast for the eyes enticing us with that which lay beneath.
Oversized houndstooth prints, vivid red and violet gowns, bows, strategically placed tulle and lavish crocodile embossed leather added some fun to the collection with the chiffon heels our favourites. Gaytten’s critic have been harsh, but with the exception of FW11 Couture, the man has managed to take the lead and produce some pretty impressive work for both Dior and John Galliano houses in the past ten months.