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2011 March 4

Live from Dior! All the Dish and Looks from the Show

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(PARIS) As guests filed into the musee Rodin for this afternoon's Christian Dior show, the mood was relatively somber. Spotted so far: Melanie Laurent, Leigh Lezark, Alyson Paradis, Patrick Demarchelier, Natalia Vodianova, Mario Testino, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin seated next to Emmanuelle Alt.

Before the show, Sidney Toledano took to the stage and addressed the current situation: 

“Since the creation of Christian Dior in 1947, it has been an exceptional trajectory. Christian Dior carries the image of France and of those values around the world. What has happened to us today is a challenge, the fact that the name of Dior can be mixed, by the intermediary of its designer (however brilliant he may be), with these intolerable remarks is very painful. Intolerable because such remarks are unacceptable -- in the name of our duty of memory, in the name of all the victims of the Holocaust, in the name of the respect of all people, in the name of human dignity. Painful, because everyone at Dior has given his body and soul for their work and we are stupefied and saddened by these unqualifiable remarks. Painful, because it comes from someone who we appreciated for his remarkable creativity. More than ever, it is necessary today to remember that before us all are the values of the house of Dior. In 1947, Christian Dior created the house, what he wanted to do then was to liberate women, after the dark days of the war and to give them lightness and happiness. He, who saw his family ruined by the 1929 bank crisis, he whose sister was deported to Buchenwald. Christian Dior knew how to give joy and to make people dream. The value of Christian Dior is its excellence in everything to do with refinement, know-how, unique artisanship, respect of others; the will to bring not only beauty but also happiness to his clients. He wanted to be a magician, to make women beautiful and to give them the assurance which made them more feminine and sublime. For more than 60 years he has contributed to the influence of French culture throughout the world. His values are still intact today. Those values are carried by his teams and the ateliers who put all of their energy and their talent to the service of this extreme femininity, in the respect of the tradition of savoir-faire and the modernization of techniques. Those ideals are at the heart of the house of Christian Dior, a heart that beats and that we don’t see, those teams and the ateliers. All these “petit mains” who carry day after day without ever counting the hours are the values of the house of Monsieur Christian Dior. These workers have a heavy heart today, what you are going to see now is the result of their immense work."

Post speech, Karlie Kloss opened as usual. The looks include transparency, lace, degrade chiffon (as seen at the Haute Couture show in January), and an avalanche of handbags. Fur stoles and hats appear to have replaced the wild hair and makeup. Looks like Arnault is pushing the accessories (no surprise here). After the show ended, the crowd clapped enthusiastically along with the music as the entire studio came out to accept the crowd's applause. The collection was a splendid assemblage of furs, leather, and chiffon. Navy and burgundy looks predominated, with other jewel tones (amber, citrine) punctuating the palette. Knee and thigh-high lace-up platform boots propelled the runway romp. The usual chiffon gowns, such as a floor-grazing off-white on Ginta, was day-ified with a tweedy jacket. 

The reaction on Twitter:
BinkleyOnStyle (Christina Binkley): I honestly think Dior will come out of this better than before. Weirdly a coup for the brand. Very weirdly.

derekblasberg: I applaud Dior today. By acknowledging their crisis and reminding us that Dior is more than a single man, they prove the house will survive.

Jess_Stam: I believe every human being on this earth was created equal. I also don't turn my back on my friends when they're in a dark place

prabalgurung: Wow...a great moment for the unsung heros of our industry. Luv it. So moving. For Dior, the Show Goes On -

CathyHorynNYT: Staff from Dior ateliers takes the final bow at Dior, as audience stands and cheers.

mrjoezee: The Dior atelier, in their white lab coats, that came out at the end of the show was an immensely touching fashion moment for me.

LuxeDaily: Dior not only gains a standing ovation but silences the doubters with a stunning presentation! Galliano is the past,Dior is the future!

Meanwhile, the John Galliano show has been canceled and will be shown as an informal presentation in a hotel particulier on avenue Hoche. Number of looks and casting are still not confirmed. Stay tuned for more updates.

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