Dior by Galliano: Old world, meet new world

After reading about all of the Fall 2007 fashion shows that are going on right now, I realized that I must not have been paying attention last month when John Galliano had his Spring 2007 show. Not wanting to see what I had missed, I quickly headed over to Style.com and took a look.

Of course, the page had barely finished loading when I was able to conclude that yet again, the fashion coming out of Christian Dior by way of John Galliano’s brilliant mind has no intent of stopping or even slowing down.

John Galliano has a way of taking the most elegant dress and adding a whole lot of attitude, making his creation the most stared at in the room. Unfortunately, his creations are rarely if ever sold in stores1, but it’s not difficult to imagine the number of heads that would turn if they were. He takes patterns that are usually equated with the absolute highest members of old societies, combines them with beautifully bright colors and just the right amounts of texture to bring them from days past to days ahead.

His 2007 spring show is no exception, this time taking notes from the Japanese rather than the English or French that he’s been known for in the past. Not only are his works stunning, they almost seem to have leapt right off ancient artifacts and into cans of bright paint. They are intricate pieces with just the right colors; the right textures combined with the right mediums.

He has been my favorite designer for nearly 3 years, and judging by his latest show, he will hold that top spot for a very long time. He takes timeless pieces, brings them in to the “here and now”, and then knocks them into next week, just for good measure. It’s obvious why he’s the head of design at Dior: great work, great design, great everything.

For those of you who are too scared to click on a link to a fashion website, here are a couple of my favorites:

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click for bigger versions at style.com

1 – Haute couture is designed primarily as art; the clothes are usually not meant to be sold or worn, but rather like sculptures which are to be presented in a gallery to be admired