Pastel Dreams at Dior, Shanghai
John Galliano's cruise collection for Dior, shown in Shanghai, is an absolute treat, a sorbet-hued heaven with a bit of 60s sweetness with the back-combed hairstyles, beribboned and bow-tied waists, those prim and proper collars and references to my favourite 60s girl, Francoise Hardy. It seems that Galliano took 'cruise' to mean 'whatever I feel like doing right now' because these clothes sure aren't made for lounging around in chaise longues or lazy walks on the beach. And who cares? We all know what the extra collections are about anyway.
I love that first dress (below, top left) which is why I included it, but doesn't the look from the shoulders up seem a bit P.H.? (No way I'm mentioning that name and tainting my precious blog.) The ombre in the last dress is one of the most gorgeous ways I've ever seen it done in terms of colour and subtlety.
The finale delivered BIG as we would expect from Galliano:
Do you remember those dolls that had the huge, frothy skirts in candy colours? I remember seeing them at carnivals when I was little and thinking they were beautiful (they weren't). I think you could get cakes like that, too, where the skirt was made of an obscene amount of icing:
And, wait for it...
Now that's the stuff.