Its hard to believe that the man who designed this collection also designed Dior's couture 2003 collection.
Now that John Galliano is playing it safe he presented a 60s Persian collection yesterday in Shanghai rather than voluminous, bright cocoons and feathers.
Maybe it is unfair to compare a cruise collection to a couture one but since this collection is just an edited take on Galliano's general lackluster for Dior lately it seems appropriate.
In 2003, inspired by a trip to Asia, he presented both a dramatic couture collection as well as a ready-to-wear collection in Paris. Both collections were not-so-subtle nods to Eastern culture turned on its head. It was fetishized, insane, and beautiful!
So what does he present upon his return to China?
Pastels, sweet dresses, and sixties hair.
I realize that China is now a huge, luxury market so staging the show in Shanghai to appeal to their Chinese customers is a great business move but it also just looks like Dior copied Karl after seeing the success he had presenting Chanel and Fendi collections there. And in keeping with the tradition of Cruise collections being "sellable" it was boring and pretty rather than innovative or inspired.
At least it will keep the masses happy.
I DID love the suit, and the blue and white striped dress!
I'm just trying to end on a positive note, people!