Christian Dior Resort 2013

19/06/2012

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Once I asked my husband if we could get a video player in addition to sleek and shiny DVD/BlueRay extravaganza that, of course, could do more or less anything apart from probably serving you coffee in bed. I sort of thought that a video player would be the best way to watch my old VHS tapes. Not that they were precious in any way, nothing nostalgic or family related.

Mr gave me a puzzled look as if I suddenly spoke perfect Japanese and said “No”. “Why would I want to go back when technology makes new things so beautiful and exciting to use?” he added. He had a point (while I am probably losing it right now).

In a strange way, Bill Gayttens Resort was that video player. It felt like it. Don’t get me wrong, the collection was beautiful and very wearable. The presentation was immaculate just like the cut. But, as horrible as it may sound, I was happy about Gayttens departure from the Maison Dior.

The house is desperate for a fashion designer because Gaytten isn’t one. While every collection created by him was inspired by the archives, this one WAS the archives. Re-worked to avoid complicated corsetry and fancy weighty undergarments, it looked so very much like the New Look.

He truly showed his ability to construct and recreate beautiful clothes, but totally lost it when it came to originality, vision and je ne sais quoi that one has to have in order to be a fashion designer and move forward.

Missing Galliano so badly right now…

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Photo source: fashionising.com

17 comments:

  1. love the story! :) not too sure about teh collection...

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    1. Thanks! :) I think it's still the designer himself I am not so sure about... the rest just followed... Unfortunately. x

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  2. Lovely dress!



    Théa Unknown
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  3. :-(* Your story gives me smile and a little bit disappointment about Gaytten as a fashion designer for Dior...........!

    I'am agree with you,and you know,dear Little Rus, we are going to compare everything with breathtaking great designs of Galliano,but not anyone is the same!

    Wish you a very productive and inspirational week,
    Hugs,
    ***Violetta***

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  4. I was not sure what to expect when I opened your blog, but I was relieved as I kept on reading. I was so disappointed when I saw this collection. Getting inspiration from the past collections without adding anything new, your own signature, how could fashion evolve otherwise? But vision is something that doesn't come so easy and only few designers can be considered that they have changed fashion. xo

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    1. Absolutely! He doesn't seem to have an ability to create a fantasy. I had high hopes for the resort after seeing the Fall ready-to-wear, but it's just very disappointing. x

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  5. You have a great way with words! I loved your little anecdote x

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  6. He did well in the past, I loved the last collection! What happened? Hmmm...

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    1. Well, the only collection of his I liked was the Fall ready-to-wear. The rest was pretty poor as far as the whole fashion concept is concerned. Just shows that a good tailor isn't necessarily going to make it as a designer. Precisely why he always was Galliano's little helper and nothing more.

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  7. I don't know, maybe this lack of vision has something to do with the fact that he is in fact leaving, maybe he feels no need to go the extra mile because he's not needed anymore.

    Considering the circumstances I would say he did pretty well at Dior. I also think doing fireworks wasn't included in his job description ;-)

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    1. He did a good job as a tailor - all those pieces are beautiful and very wearable. But I never saw a real designer in him (neither did Dior bosses, I guess) and this collection just showed it. If he was a real designer, leaving or not, he would create a fantasy, not just jackets and skirts. Simons was leaving Jil Sander, but, unlike Gaytten, he created something beautiful and moving rather than static archive.
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    2. I get what you mean. I'm no expert and I don't know all the details but I always thought that he was just there temporarily and when they would find a replacement he could simply focus on his job at John Galliano. I don't think it was ever an option that Gaytten would be their future designer, therefore I never got the feeling that he had to prove himself as a designer to get the job. I think they just wanted something beautiful and wearable from him so the sales wouldn't drop drastically after the Galliano fiasco. Simons on the other hand had something to prove and he sure did. I can't wait to see he first couture show, I would love to be in the audience.

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  8. Looking at these images I completely understand what you mean. These looks are very reminescent of the Dior line in the 1950s, I immediately conjure the image of the black top with a white full skirt which I am sure you know! The pieces are gorgeous...just like you said but it doesn't feel original! It's like the archives brought back to life w/technicolour!

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  9. That is so true Little Rus! It's a gorgeous collection, but it's been done before. I LOVE that first piece, but there's nothing NEW about it. Great post girl!
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  10. I think Bill Gayttens would make a brilliant ready to wear guy for Banana Republic or something just like that... Not that it's a bad thing...
    His pieces are well thought and well sewn and his clothes are figure flattering... Alas, that won't turn him into a designer... Let alone a Galliano...
    Lots of hugs to you,
    Lena xxx

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  11. Dear Natalia, I always find your point of view and the review of the collections so interesting! I think I agree with you and Lisa when she says that there was a certain lack of vision...The collection is impeccable and certainly shows his sartorial expertise, but what else? I'm so curious to see what Raf will create for this iconic maison...

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