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John Galliano started his Christian Dior Spring '10 show with a literal bang as gunshots and theatrical screaming laid out the framework for his film noir-inspired collection. Set against a gritty, warehouse scene, models with wavy tresses and red lips strutted down the runway in an array of sensual, lingerie-like silk gowns, camisoles, peek-a-boo lace dresses, silk shorts, and and beaded gowns. His ode to '40s Hollywood glamour continued with sharply tailored trench coats — a staple then, a staple today — tiered skirts, corsets, and I even spied a couple of ankle socks paired with sky-high sandals. So Fab.
To add a modern touch to his throwback collection, Galliano paired jackets with leather pants and leggings. Bows, beads, and vibrant sheer organza also injected an interesting flair while multicolor floral prints and gold lamé struck a chord for those in need of extra pizazz. It was all so dramatic. There's a reason I will never tire of Dior.
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Rihanna continued making the rounds at Paris Fashion Week today, stepping out to catch the Dior and Vivienne Westwood shows this afternoon. She was out yesterday to see Balmain, though she was 30 minutes late, and the day before was devoted to Gareth Pugh. She seems to be keeping things consistent while her string of all-black outfits, which is quite a contrast from the array of colors we see Rih sporting when she's out and about in NYC.
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>> Spring 2010 is a party for Alber Elbaz: tables were erected in the middle of the runway pre-show, with bow-tied waiters offering up puff pastries and fruity frozen cocktails with umbrellas as salsa music played in the background. Lanvin paper fans were placed on every seat.
With a neon chandelier as backdrop, Elbaz, who just recently returned from Argentina, served up jumpsuits and colorful pouf cocktail dresses — some accessorized with one glove. The collection, Elbaz said, was crafted almost entirely from man-made fabrics, and called it a look of "new minimalism." The elborately bold jewelry will surely be clamored for. As Style.com's Derek Blasberg put it, "If you judge a designer by the level of applause at his finale, Alber Elbaz is the best."
Lindsay Lohan was in Paris last night to attend the 90 Years of Vogue Covers party at the Hotel Crillon. It was an evening off from her preparations for the upcoming Ungaro show, which will take place this Sunday during the city's Fashion Week. Other presentations have been taking place in the French capital since Wednesday, bringing out a range of stars from Rihanna to Adrian Grenier. LL has been busy inviting pals to see her debut collection as Ungaro's artistic adviser, as well as overseeing the progress on her 6126 leggings line.
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>> A soundtrack of heavy breathing, a telephone ringing, a gun-shot, and then screaming ladies kicked off the film noir-themed Christian Dior show. Silhouettes of gangsters holding machine guns were projected against a derelict warehouse set swirled with dry ice smoke as Karlie Kloss opened.
John Galliano told Hilary Alexander he was inspired by archive photographs of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogary in the front row at Dior shows: “She was a regular client of M. Dior and I loved the idea of taking that 1940s Hollywood glamour and making it more contemporary. And I liked the idea of the link between film as an illusion and the illusion of undressed dresses.”
The models' hair was coiffed like Bacall's, the shoes still had platforms — estimated to be 7" high — and the peekaboo lingerie was actually built in to the dresses. Naomi Campbell was expected to attend, but never showed, and Tanya Dziahileva finally made her first appearance this season on the catwalk. But the iconic moment, judging by Tweets, was John Galliano's finale strut down the runway in fedora and trench coat with metal collar, complete with dry ice and explosions.