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Dita Does Dior

It's Couture week in Paris and Dior showed yesterday.
The show had a heady and beautiful dose of the 1950s full skirted silhouette
(hurrah for the vintage lovers of this look!)
and there was a plethora of huge full skirted ball gowns.
Galliano also showcased that fitted, curvy hourglass silhouette so predominate in the 1950s so it is no wonder that Dita Von Teese, the star and queen of this look has almost gained muse status for the Dior brand and is seen out and about in Dior on many the occasion.

She did not disappoint and attended the show in this dress from the RTW collection.
I love this silhouette at the moment and am a bit gah gah over it and have been hoarding every dress that fits me with the cut rather then posting it on Shrimpton Couture - sorry girls.

If you have not yet checked out the photos from the Dior show, I have pulled some of my favorites for you - go hop over to one of the fashion sites to see the full collection and check out the other couture shows, but I thought you might enjoy seeing soem views here.

Try to remember that when you look at them that unless you are in a certain circle or the collector of couture that you are not to view these pieces with the intent of taking them literally at face value. Rather, look at them with a more objective eye to seek out the next relevant shape, the direction that fashion will take in two seasons from now.

Its what I like to coin as the Fashion trickle down theory.

In economics the definition of the Trickle Down is a theory that advocates letting business flourish, since their profits will ultimately trickle down to lower-income individuals and the rest of the economy.

So with a few easy word substitutions we can neatly sew up a fashion trickle down theory:

My version advocates letting the creative geniuses and Houses of Couture flourish and push the envelope of design, since their designs will ultimately trickle down to mid and lower-end retail chains and the rest of the retail market.

So with the Trickle Down theory in mind look at couture in a new light. Play the role of the fashion fortune teller and try to predict the future. Look at the cut and details of the architectural sleeve mixed with the softness of the full skirts. Look at the fabric and the nipped in waist. Try to see how the folds of these insanely looped skirts and rounded hips will translate when they hit the mid-lower end of retail next year. The fundamental elements and the new combination of cut, color and line are what couture ultimately brings to us and will trickle down to the masses.

Couture is the art and inspiration from which we will draw and then own, our future version of our favorite dress, sometime in the future.


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