With John Galliano relegated to the sidelines on account of being an asshat, the designing duties for the Dior couture collection fell to his former assistant, Bill Gaytten. The debut was not exactly a triumph. In fact, it was roundly panned, and rightly so.
Gaytten defined his inspirations as: the postmodern pop patterns of Italian designer and architect Ettore Sottsass; the work of Jean-Michel Frank, the French interior designer known for his minimalist approach; Jean Dunand, the Swiss Art Deco lacquer artist; and Jean-Paul Goude, French photographer, illustrator, and graphic artist. That’s quite the smorgasbord. Without even looking at the collection, we’d automatically assume there are perhaps too many inspirations for one collection and the results on the runway would have proven us right. This is the very definition of a collection being “all over the place.” Worse, the aesthetic just doesn’t fit with the Dior brand. The clothes are drag queen and amateurish and the styling is pure student show. There are a couple of salvageable pieces here, but most of it just turns us right off.
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