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Paris SS08: Dior, Balenciaga

October 3, 2007

Christian Dior

The house’s 60th anniversary had been celebrated with such extravangaza –couture at Versailles in July, resort in New York in August, a monumental Paris dinner in September– it’s ironic that John Galliano had to tone things down a bit. It’s still flamboyant, but more class this time round. Check out the whole collection here and the full length runway show video here.

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Who on earth will think of mixing contrasting fabrics like white lace and leopard prints so perfectly?
All hail John Galliano.

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The accessories has a very 40s’ feel to it. Those white frame rotund glasses can definitely match up to Chanel’s.

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This hole-in-the-heel style is really ‘in’ nowadays. I like the one in the middle.

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The eye makeup is gorgeous. Pat McGrath is mixing two of the hottest trends— smoky eyes and metallics. Fabulous.

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What’s a Dior show without big-name frontrow guests?
Kanye West and Sting, who’s 1987 song ”Englishman in New York” set the theme for the show.

Balenciaga

When it comes to Paris, I always put Balenciaga’s show above anything else in terms of anticipation. I actually woke up very early this morning just to check out the pictures. Overall, the amazing shapes and silhouettes are still there. The tailoring sort of revolves around a woman’s body so perfectly and beautifully BUT
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…check out the prints. I read the comments in an online forum and everybody isn’t too keen on them too. And you really need to think about, when will wear you this? How are you going to?

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But again, if you prefer to focus on the cutting and tailoring of these minis, you will think otherwise, because it’s really brilliant.

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I mean, you really should MAGNIFY the pictures and TRACE the lines embedded on the clothings.

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And the shoes… as controversial as ever. I thought they are leopard prints at first but no, just gladiator-ish heels that almost blend into the carpet on the runway.

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photos: community.livejournal.com/modelcouture, style.com

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2007 3:15 pm

    I loved Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga and his last few collections but this season’s clothes are a little weird. Last season’s military jackets were AWESOME!

  2. October 4, 2007 3:16 pm

    The shape of the corsets remind me of Dolce & Gabbana’s steel corsets from three seasons ago.

  3. Kielo permalink
    October 4, 2007 3:31 pm

    I expect that the Balenciaga bags will be their hottest ever this season: the clothes don´t look like they expect to sell them that much. I really like them though. But I can´t say how soon they will start to bore me. Very classic, but new and… Impossible to label at this point.

  4. October 5, 2007 6:42 am

    I’m rather loss for words at his collection. On one hand the workmanship is magnificent, but on the other,how wearable are these clothes?
    This then begets another qn. What is the purpose of the Fashion week?To increase buyer-ship or to express oneself, and one’s vision, ie, fashion as an art?
    That said, fashion is unexpected on itself. So i’m really looking forward to seeing how people on the streets( rich ppl that is) interpret these dresses to make it more wearable.

  5. Kielo permalink
    October 6, 2007 11:16 am

    Yes, and how Zara & H&M will make more wearable copies… Can`t wait to see.
    The Lagerfeld quote, that Cathy Horyn got on her blog on nytimes.com, “Prints are for middle-aged women with weight problems.” seems to speak of young peoples attitudes towards them. But I`m sure that the adaptive minded copycats will make them appeal for all. But do you need to push the irony factor to make it work on cheap fabrics?
    Well, I love granny prints… Ironic or not.

  6. June 16, 2008 10:45 pm

    I feel just stunned with the quality of balenciaga products… His handbags and shoes are just great.

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