When it comes to haute couture, the first brand that springs to mind is Christian Dior, but unfortunately the brand did not live up to their reputation yesterday. The collection marked the first time in 15 years that John Galliano was not at the brand's helm and it showed.
Although the venue and customers on the front row were the same, the first look - a multicoloured cape with one rose on the shoulder teamed with a black and white jacket and full bodied skirt - was a significant step in a different direction. Eighties pop art and colour was everywhere appearing on cropped jackets and dresses in organza that lacked the refinement that you would expect from a Dior couture show. The rose motif on the first look appeared throughout inspired by the work of art directors like Jean Paul Goude and Italian architect, Ettore Sottsass.
Considering that Gaytten has worked with Galliano for the past 23 years, the collection was disappointing and left many feeling that while desperately trying to put his stamp on the brand, he actually compromised the standard that we've all grown to expect. That said, who can blame him? After working in the background for years this was his opportunity to show what he could and he wasn't afraid to show it. When asked whether he wanted the role he said: “Yeah, I do. I’m not a fool.”
After the show bosses remained quiet about whether Gaytten has done enough to secure his appointment as creative director and in the wake of the bad reviews, his appointment is looking increasingly unlikely.