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Dior's x-ray vision and pomp and splendour at Giambattista Valli
"It's meant to be x-ray Dior," said acting creative director Bill Gaytten after the show.
"All the structure of iconic Dior, thanks to lots of fittings, but all of it see-through."
And the theme of transparency made for an astonishingly simple yet beautiful collection, featuring luminous layers of sheer silk and organza in a muted colour palette that was complemented by the grey walls and drapery of the salon setting.
Classic Dior silhouettes defined the look, with 50s-style nipped-in waists combined with full skirts harking back to the brand’s golden years.
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And the celebs in attendance certainly seemed impressed with the offerings: “I lost my breath after the first four,” said Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz. “The fabrics were so sexy and feminine.”
The statuesque blonde mingled with fellow A-listers Olivia Palermo and Bar Refaeli in the front row.
Bill, who has politely endured months of questioning about John Galliano’s successor, is keeping schtum on his status at the iconic label.
Asked whether he himself could step up to the top job, he smiled, replying: "No comment."
Whilst Dior’s confections teetered on the edge of wearable, Giambattista Valli injected the pomp that we expect from Paris couture.
Dramatic drapes, feathered peplums and skirts so full they brushed the feet of those sitting either side in the front row were de rigeur at the romance-infused presentation.
Hollywood stars Salma Hayek and Diane Kruger made up the front row at the fabulous event.