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Bolder fashion of haute couture week in Paris

07-07-2010 09:05 BJT Special Report:

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Christian Dior has given his response to the financial worries around the world. The fashion house has taken a "bolder is better" attitude and demonstrated it at a dramatic, technicolor garden show at the Rodin Museum in Paris on Monday.

The haute couture fashion week runs until Thursday and will see Chanel, Armani, and Valentino shows with Givenchy deciding to show its designs this season in an "appointment-only" presentation.

The first day of haute couture week saw British designer John Galliano play head gardener as he recalled the days of his youth surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Dior discarded the notion of conservative, boxy shapes after World War II in favor of waspy waists and voluptuous skirts. At the time, the move was criticized by some for its wasteful, overuse of fabrics. It was nevertheless adored by many Parisian women.

Full-skirted dresses had layers of degradé petals and ruffles, making them look like giant flowers
Full-skirted dresses had layers of degradé petals and ruffles, making them look 
like giant flowers

It was this feeling of recharging the economy with strong creativity that Galliano wanted to impress upon the audience.

Other notable looks included the mixing of bold colors against one another such as pink and red and purple, lime, and turquoise.

Models heads were even framed in cellophane, representing the plastic used by florists when wrapping a bunch of flowers.

Galliano's final bows for Dior shows have become nearly as much anticipated as the clothes themselves. This time round, he walked out in a 1920s rowing costume complete with straw boating hat and veil for a dramatic touch.


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