Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2012 Paris Fashion Week
Fashion designer Bill Gaytten looked (to old school Dior) towards the archives for inspiration with his second mainline collection for Dior’s fall 2012 presentation. With still no official word on a permanent creative director, the new season showcased demure forties and fifties inspired silhouettes in a muted color palette of taupe, black and burgundy. Despite the lack of Galliano opulence, Gaytten offered a lovely refinement for the autumn season with ballerina inspired shapes. Cinched jackets, pleated skirts and jewelry style embellishments dominate the Dior woman’s wardrobe for autumn.
"He's doing a really good job. I thought it was ravishing, such lovely colours - the Dior customer would be very happy," said Vogue's Lucinda Chambers, noting it to be very pared down but very feminine. "It was really polished, but gentle," she said.
Gaytten had taken inspiration from Dior's masculine tailoring and combined it with a ballet femininity which took shape through cinched waists to reveal splaying, thickly-pleated skirts beneath in shades from mauve through to red wine and powder pink.
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