Christian Dior Fall 2011 Couture Collection

Posted on July 06, 2011

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.

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • http://twitter.com/xingcat xingcat

      HAHAHHAHA! Oh, man. Manila Luzon would LOVE these pieces!!

      • Anonymous

        Manila was the first person I thought of when seeing this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/shaebay Shae Merritt

        That was my first thought, as well!!!

      • Anonymous

        Once you picture a drag queen wearing these clothes, you can’t un-see it. 

        • http://bloggertobenamedlater.com/ Jean

          I won’t be able to get that out of my head now. 

    • Anonymous

      Just showed this to my 5-year-old daughter. She said, “Nobody will wear those clothes. Except clowns. For their circus act!”

    • Anonymous

      Just showed this to my 5-year-old daughter. She said, “Nobody will wear those clothes. Except clowns. For their circus act!”

      • Rand Ortega

        LOL! She obviously has better fashion sense than Gaytten.

    • Anonymous

      Oh come on — Gaytten popped in Project Runway Season Four and Season Eight. This collection is a straight-up ripoff of a combination of Mondo Guerra and Christian Siriano, and not done very well.   

      • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

        Also for season six–those clothes are SO Christopher.

    • Anonymous

      Oh come on — Gaytten popped in Project Runway Season Four and Season Eight. This collection is a straight-up ripoff of a combination of Mondo Guerra and Christian Siriano, and not done very well.   

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1464580879 Sarah Oleksyk

      I think when it stays this side of costumey, a lot of this collection is colorful and fun. But yes, amateurish and the styling is ridiculous. You can’t top a clown costume with a giant head-cube! It’s a shame, I think there’s germs of good ideas hidden in these theatrics.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1464580879 Sarah Oleksyk

      I think when it stays this side of costumey, a lot of this collection is colorful and fun. But yes, amateurish and the styling is ridiculous. You can’t top a clown costume with a giant head-cube! It’s a shame, I think there’s germs of good ideas hidden in these theatrics.

    • Anonymous

      What a waste. He has access to the most skilled hands in any Paris workroom. And this is what he comes up with? Tragic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      Waaaaay too many fabric swirls! But I do like the sleeveless confetti dress and the brown bell-sleeved one. 

    • Anonymous

      I feel like I just ate 100 boxes of cotton candy and then rode on the tilt-a-whirl.

      • MilaXX

        You know how you want to look at a collection and try and pick out a few pieces that could work if toned down? This is so assaulting on the eyes I can even bother.

      • Julie Woodson

        LOL! Great image.

    • Annie Leung

      For any Sailor Moon fans out there, doesn’t this remind you of the Dead Moon Circus? It’s not a bad thing but it just reminds me of it. I do have to admit that I kind of like the last look though.

      • Anonymous

        OH MY GOD THATS EXACTLY WHAT THIS IS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

      Dior is doomed

      • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

        Nah, Dior will be fine.  It may take a couple of seasons, but look at it this way: who apart from Anna Wintour remembers who the head designer at Dior was before Galliano?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think this was the real fashion show. I think T Lo somehow got the news footage of the explosion in the Cirque du Soleil costume room instead of the Dior catwalk. I understand all these women arrived in a single tiny Fiat 500.

    • Lauren Bradshaw

      Not sure about the collection, but those runway queens sold that crazy shit.  Totally.  No one can rock a Pagliacci hat like someone who has not eaten in 2 days.

    • Mariah J

      If I cut and paste a little bit from some pieces I could make (maybe) one good look. Overall a big mess. They would be interesting if my eyes could focus on one thing.

    • Anonymous

      I do love the fierce windswept up-dos. I also love the massive “Sigh” facial expression of the model who’s face is in a crescent moon!

    • lilibetp

      The pink and yellow ballgown has some possibilities.

    • Remy Samuels

      Guys, I am your hugest fan, but you’re really hurting my heart here with your arrogant dismissiveness towards Galliano, one of the greatest artists of our time. Yes, he made some highly offensive comments (and as a Jew myself, I fully comprehend the magnitude of the insult). However, just as it would be wrong to instantly excuse his misdeeds on account of his talent and his substance abuse problems, it is equally wrong to instantly and thoroughly condemn him without taking either of the two into account. The two of you show such maturity and fairness in other aspects that I would hope for a bit of moderation and compassion in this case. While we revile the deeds, we continue to respect his work, and our evaluation of the man himself must take both into account. 
      Sorry for the rantiness, I just had to get this off my chest. Still a loyal bitter kitten =)

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        you are right & i thoroughly agree w/ you–but these guys have NOT been very hard on him. i have read way way worse. even i would go so far as to call him an asshat. come on! w/ all the issues you note above quite clearly to the fore, he still was definitely this. & i wouldnt even have fired him!

      • http://verenahafner.wordpress.com/ Verena

        This has been in my head ever since that whole story came out and I was never able to put in into words like you did. Very well said!

        Now all I want to know is who actually DID style the show?


        verenahafner.wordpress.com

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

        Asshat is as asshat does.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIPKMOXHLA5KG34HMH55OXHCVM Angel H.

        Substance abuse does turn one into a bigot.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIPKMOXHLA5KG34HMH55OXHCVM Angel H.

          *does not

          • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

            but substance abuse often does make an angered person run his or her mouth in what is conceived as the absolutely most offensive way possible –w/o any thought to what the person is actually saying or any consequences that  mouth running might have.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIPKMOXHLA5KG34HMH55OXHCVM Angel H.

              The bigotry is already learned. Substance abuse simply releases the flood gates. Whether a person quietly thinks those thoughts to him-/herself or shouts them to the moon, a bigot is a bigot is a bigot.

            • Lisa

              Couldn’t have said it better myself!

            • Anonymous

              I agree. It’s entirely possible to be totally Jekyll and Hyde to the point the sober/clean version of the person would not recognise their out-of-it self. From the footage and reports I’ve seen and read he seemed to be looking for anything and everything he could say that would cause offence. It could be things he believes sober, but it doesn’t automatically follow that he does.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I like the peach and white dress, a couple of the column dresses, and the last gown, but I would never have thought “Dior” looking at this collection.

    • Anonymous

      I confess to not being very literate with regard to Dior historic design aesthetic, but I see many fun pieces here.  I really like the color/pattern combinations.  LOVE the very first B&W dress, minus the pastel shrug thing. 

      Ironically, the knee-length brown dress with the honeycombs reminds me of that designer everyone can’t stand, you know the one whose name starts with Gretch… (but it’s a killa dress!)

    • MilaXX

      I can’t….

    • Rand Ortega

      Lots of beautiful pieces here. Had this been Gaytten’s own collection, he would have triumphed. But, as TLo eloquently  said, they’re just not Dior. There’s a tradition  of a house of that magnitude to be upheld of symmetry, style & workmanship. Even Galliano, whose creativity is unparalleled, understood that & worked w/in those parameters. This is merely an amateurish imitation of that ethos. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      I couldn’t tell what was ripped off more, the looks from last season’s Drag Race or seasons 3 and 4 of PR.

    • Julie Woodson

      That top photo reminds me of when we were kids and would get sour ball candy stuck in our hair.

    • Anonymous

      A hell of a lot of fugly…and then he tops it off with a Clown?  ugh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1570620104 Alyssa Zhu

      OMG. This is simply too awful for words.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIPKMOXHLA5KG34HMH55OXHCVM Angel H.

      does * not

    • Anonymous

      Surprisingly, I like both of the brown “Tumbling Blocks” dresses.
      Who invited Glinda the Good Witch?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

        I would like those dresses, too, but the second “tumbling blocks” dress looks like the crotch is collapsing in on itself. The placement is just so bad!

    • Anonymous

      most of this looks like what happened when I lost the matching pieces to my Barbie outfits and still had to get her dressed. I used tops, bottoms, blouses, skirts, whatever hats were in the accessory drawer. Yep, they turned out just like this collection.

    • Anonymous

      There actually is an amazing amount of creativity and whimsy here, along with some beautiful and unusual fabrics, but it comes off as someone who kept spinning the wheel and throwing darts and thinking that he and his glue gun and magic scissors were reinventing fashion. Some of these looks, taken individually, might have been the genesis for a truly stunning collection.

    • http://twitter.com/velleitas Isy

      This makes me sad.

    • Anonymous

      Well, my 5 year old loves it!

    • Anonymous

      Actually, after viewing several times, i think there are a lot of excellent peices here.  The overall cracktastic, retro-stage show styling is totally overwhelming the clothes.  Seriously, this is just awful to the eye.  Take some of the photos, block out the hair, make-up and hat things and you have some great couture.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t it time for Origami dresses to die?  Please?

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        this is not origami. it’s crunched up color flyer paper taken out of the trash & stapled into a clump.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nicole-Walraven/527225623 Nicole Walraven

      o_O…at first i was like “TLo what you talkin bout? it has cohesion, its works, not necessarily for Dior but…somehow it works”. Then i kept scrolling. This looks like 4 collections rolled into one. separately i like most of them, although some pieces look over-wrought and the styling is almost uniformly terrible. looks like Bill Gaytten was worried about following in Galliano’s shoes and put waaaaay to much thought into the whole thing. Editing….its not just for Project Runway.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=786229820 Rhonda Hanson

      Did Mondo design this?

      • http://isara.livejournal.com/ Synnamin

        Mondo would have done it waaaay better and cleaner

    • suzq

      I am totally ripping that moon hat off for my next Halloween costume!

    • http://twitter.com/tangodiva Tanya Wade

      All the model fierceness in the world can’t save this mess. Talk about hot buttered ass!

    • Nora Mulllin

      Seriously? No. This looks like a Project Runway at Party City challenge. Virtually all of this is a hot mess.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

      My first thought was Mondo.  Then I scrolled down the pictures and my second thought was a brain seizure.

    • PostsYouCanDanceTo

      Mr. Gaytten is in the undesirable position of having to follow in the footsteps of a living legend (horrible behavior notwithstanding) at a house that has become quite accustomed to said legend’s almost-excessive theatricality. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to have that kind of flair: I know, it’s one show, but the result was so eye-searing and chaotic with sloppy-looking construction that it is enough to tell me that he’s not cut out for that style of dramatic design. For a house as reputable as Dior, ya really gotta hit the ground running and there’s just no mercy if you don’t.

      From where I’m sitting, he’d have been better off going subdued, taking an old-school, uber-refined craftsmanship approach to making more salable pieces (Though I’m sure it wasn’t up to him) . People would’ve bitched it wasn’t very “Dior”, but he could have avoided comparisons to Galliano, and ultimately, making beautiful, classic clothes, methinks, would’ve helped him and the label take less blows from the peanut gallery.

    • http://twitter.com/Space_Kitty Space_Kitty

      A literal clown hat.

      Cheeky or batshit?

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      The styling is pretty cracked, but this collection actually brought a smile to my face. I’ll take colorful and wacky over stylish and boring any day (provided I don’t have to wear it, that is).

    • Anonymous

      ARRRGGGHHHH!  My eyes, my EYES!

    • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

      I can definitely see an Ettore Sottsass thread of thought through here, and even a little of Dunand.  And if I squint my eyes and take a few dozen shots of tequila I could possibly make a case for Goud.  But where in the hell did Jean-Michel Frank enter this collection?  This is the antithesis of minimalism, certainly of Frank’s earthy cleanness.   This is chaos, I’m looking at a fabricsplosion with barely a handful of wearable pieces.

      • margaret meyers

        What she said!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

      I think they were waiting to see what Gaytten put out to see if he would be a possible replacement, but after this mess, I don’t see that happening.

    • Anonymous

      It is going to be SO MUCH FUN once celebrities start wearing these looks on the RC! I’m anticipating the In/Out posts! XD

    • margaret meyers

      Fierce Pierrette is aggravating my coulrophobia.

    • Anonymous

      There were some fantasias inspired by poolside wear as seen in Harper’s Bazaar circa 1970-something in there as well.

    • Anonymous

      The pink skirt in the first row – can I get a poodle on it, please?

    • http://twitter.com/Stevesotherhalf Svanhild Salmons

      When Mondo put preschool shapes in his models’ hair, it was to make a point about the cut of the clothes.  This here is just total non sequitor.  While I have never liked Galliano’s clothes, they always looked impeccable.  Whereas this looks like the designer ran out of time.

    • Jill Roberts

      Further influences included My Little Pony, Fraggle Rock, Jem and the Holograms, Shaft, and Lawrence Welk.

    • http://twitter.com/Emenie_em Emma

      It looks like a PR finalist got given $10mil by mistake and really ran with it. Not what you expect from dior.

    • http://twitter.com/Emenie_em Emma

      It looks like a PR finalist got given $10mil by mistake and really ran with it. Not what you expect from dior.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      it’s too bad, too, cos some of the stuff is actually quite nice. a few pieces here & there are fairly worthy: skirt in no. 14 {pastilles}, dress no. 17 {brown, angel sleeves}, & dress no. 25 {blue/red}. a few more pieces here & there are fair or have {unmet} potential: skirts in no. 5 & no. 9, & perhaps the final few dresses.

      then again, i guess that is a very small number of garments, most of which need to be reworked & restyled, in a very large & overwrought collection –one following the ouster of one of the world’s last great living designers.

      i dont wanna say i’d do better w/ a box of chalk on black construction paper but, then again, i am certainly i am not the only person who would.

      i doubt he will get to dior collection 2.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      it’s too bad, too, cos some of the stuff is actually quite nice. a few pieces here & there are fairly worthy: skirt in no. 14 {pastilles}, dress no. 17 {brown, angel sleeves}, & dress no. 25 {blue/red}. a few more pieces here & there are fair or have {unmet} potential: skirts in no. 5 & no. 9, & perhaps the final few dresses.

      then again, i guess that is a very small number of garments, most of which need to be reworked & restyled, in a very large & overwrought collection –one following the ouster of one of the world’s last great living designers.

      i dont wanna say i’d do better w/ a box of chalk on black construction paper but, then again, i am certainly i am not the only person who would.

      i doubt he will get to dior collection 2.

    • Anonymous

      He needs a visit from Miranda Priestly.

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      Hmm. Not doing it for me. The only one I like is in the last row of the three, on the right. Fabulous gown. But you’re right, TLo, this is just a mess.

    • Anonymous

      Yikes – what a tragic mess!  JG – just apologize and make nice…

    • Anonymous

      This is not Dior. Bring back the G-man!

    • Anonymous

      It’s not cheeky, clever or fun. I keep being sucked back to the first image. The skirt looks something Shangela would whip up during a RuPaul’s Drag Race challenge thinking it was all high ghetto couture. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow, these are just so unappealing. Barfy colors + art college project styling = yuck. And what’s up with the Glinda the Good Witch look at the end?

    • Anonymous

      Tragic.

      • Anonymous

        Le mot juste.

      • Anonymous

        Le mot juste.

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

      SO student–thank you!

    • Anonymous

      I’m sorry, Bill, but you’re OUT. Auf weidersehen. *kiss kiss*

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1124162729 Igor Buarque

      a lot of awful pieces.remind me merlin’s collection (the fashion show- season 1 )

    • Anonymous

      This makes me so, so sad. I fully support the firing of John Galliano. Yes, he was a fashion god, but that in no way excuses his actions. However…. Dior Couture was what I looked forward to the most every season. It was the one line that consistently, and above all others, took my breath away piece after piece, and left that lasting impression. While other lines do have pieces that get the same effect, they don’t have the sheer quantity of pieces in a single show that, for me, have that “wow factor”, let alone doing this for seasons on end.

      That said, seeing something so un-Dior, in my opinion, is a very sad moment. Until now, I had held on to hope that Galliano’s successor would manage to keep my love and admiration, but no it seems it’s not going to happen. Yes, there were amazing pieces (that last one – wow!), but it just isn’t the same. It may be melodramatic, but to me, this feels like the end of an era.

    • Anonymous

      OMFG!!!!!  Clearly the work of someone who learned most of what they know from using C-Cad.  The huge majority of this is not only ghastly but utterly unwearable even in a watered down off the rack version.

    • Anonymous

      I actually kind of like some of the skirts in the first three rows, if I cover up the tops.  Then he loses me for a good while. 

      I like the white, black, and grey gowns a lot…the headpieces take some of them into goofyland, though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/premal.laxman Premal Laxman

      The House of Dior is now a drag queen troupe

    • Anonymous

      Wow.  What a missed opportunity for him.  Too bad.

      It’s not necessarily a bad collection.  There’s some good ideas here.  It’s just an incohesive mess with lousy styling, poor color choices, and cheap execution.  None of this looks couture.

      He should have gone the Sarah Burton route a la McQueen and played it safe by re-hashing some of Galliano’s greatest hits for his first outing.

      With that said, I do like the long flowy dresses with the sex kitten Bardot manes of hair.   Those are kind of fun even if some of the color combinations are eye searing. 

      But wow…what a hot disconnected mess of a collection.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/NoFun-Angie/1002886920 NoFun Angie

      Appaling! Dior has always been one of my favorite brands. I love that they always seemed to keep that “New Look” asthetic crossed with a little fantasy . Pieces were crisp and tailored, yet playful and tongue in cheek. Sexually suggestive, but covered up at the same time. Womanly, with curves in all the right places, but still fiercely feminist- looks that would appeal to fashion forward women and men, but not always designed to attract men. Perfection in haute couture for me.

      So what a disappointment this is. It looks nothing like Dior from the neck down. Particularly painful is all that awful chiffon pleating that  makes even models look chunky. The color progression is so disjointed too-the first half is all Peewee’s Playhouse, then more Roberto Cavalli-esqe colors, then offbeat bridal.

      I like the Pierrot idea at the end the most, I wish he had taken that as his inspiration and went from there.

    • sonictofu

      I like the Mondo-ish pattern mixing. (dodges tomatoes) 

    • Anonymous

       There are 4 mini collections here: “Shaping up 80s,” “Twee Tornado,” “Maxi-Tablecloth,” “Twee Tornado:The Tornado Strikes at Night Avec a Clown.” With the whole collection named “Cluster***k.”

      • Anonymous

        And I actually like the nocturnal TweeTornado avec clown.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1550881905 Hildegerd Haugen

      Bring John back, please.

    • http://aintbaroque.wordpress.com/ Ain’t Baroque

      Am I alone in digging the full skirts?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYQCICXEN2CCDBFV5HED4Z2RUA Dee B

      I actually really like it, but they should have edited the collection down.  And the makeup immediately stops me from taking any of it seriously. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYQCICXEN2CCDBFV5HED4Z2RUA Dee B

      I actually really like it, but they should have edited the collection down.  And the makeup immediately stops me from taking any of it seriously. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

      ….EW

    • Anonymous

      I’m sorry, the first group of outfits just has me thinking about the candy characters in Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! ballet.

    • Anonymous

      Muu muu’s?  Egad!  Nooooooo…..

    • akprincess72

      Good gravy that’s horrid!!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QK7O6OXEX3AYERJWQUXBSVCTY Candy Kane

      Well, you guys were certainly right about too many inspirations. The geometric shapes coming out of the model’s heads is really freaking me out. Like some sort of horrible candy coated cartoon tumors. I will admit to liking the Pagliacci clown dress, though.

    • Sarah Thomas

      Maybe it’s my suspicious mind, but who else thinks that this collection was deliberately botched to give Dior a cast-iron reason to hire Galliano back?

    • Anonymous

      How many clowns were sacrificed for this collection?

    • Anonymous

      Jesus. The way this looks, they should have just brought Mondo in. He would have done something not dissimilar, but worlds better, don’t you think?