by April Wirth, Paris Correspondent
Christian Dior - This season, the Dior woman is taking a vacation from all the drama and slipping away to some sophisticated but secluded summer retreat. With her bright lipstick and raffia backpack she is going back to basics, think wide collar jackets with knee-length skirts, with an elevated outlook. For the spring/summer 2012 collections, Bill Gayten and his team were arguably the designers under the most pressure in the industry. Their response to the situation: a safe collection of pretty little separates and dresses which are almost guaranteed to be a commercial success. After the last few seasons' worth of drama at the house, this might not have been a bad call. Gayten stuck to the classic, breezy Dior fabrics such as organza, in very classic shapes that will flatter women of all sizes. Here he successfully upholds the true spirit of Dior, celebrating the woman as a lady. Although Gayten is surely not going to be revealing any Galliano-esque (sartorial!) moves anytime soon, his use of a wonderfully bright orange in the collection did add something a bit more modern. Pretty bags and shoes subtly accent the season's collection, once again promising to be big sellers.
Photos by Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com