John Galliano’s latest collection for the house of Dior combined several elements he has refined over the past few seasons. Transparent chiffon dresses from Spring and Fall 2009? Check! Underwear as outerwear from Fall 2009 Couture? Check! This might seem all too simple, coming from the grand couturier himself, but he injects a hot shot of drama into the collection, à la film noir. The starting point for Galliano’s latest collection were images of Hollywood stunner Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart meeting with Christian Dior, as he was designing the New Look in 1947. With hair and makeup inspired by Bacall and the stage set as a short film, the sensual and glamorous clothing played the lead role.
The show opened with several wartime trench coats (cropped, due to rationing) which provided as a perfect canvas to contrast with the delicate, transparent dresses. “le slip illusion” described the dresses, which took lingerie shapes, featuring built-in camisoles, knickers, teddies, and babydolls. Fabric added a whole other level of sensuality, transparent lace, satin, and chiffon danced on model’s bodies. Don’t let her delicacy fool you, the Dior woman is no damsel, she is the same dangerous, femme fatale as always! See my favourite looks from the collection after the jump.