John Galliano for Christian Dior, Fall Couture 2008. Photo by Alessandro Lucione

Collections for Fall Couture 2008 are already out on the runways in Paris and my favourite thus far is John Galliano for Christian Dior. An artist who uses the human form in expressing himself, I have thus far, never tired of Galliano’s creations. Even after the season has come and gone, I find myself constantly drawn back to his creations, to peer over them, to study their expressions and sometimes, wonder if they were user-friendly.

Fifties silhouette with wasp waists, full skirt and lace details. Photo by Antonello Trio.

The soft female form seems to be Galliano’s focus this Fall for couture, drawing inspiration from the fifties with nipped waists, full peplum skirts, and sheer organzas that accentuate the luscious curves of shoulders, thighs and thin ankles. But even with an accent on curves and the use of sheer materials, the overall impression is one that is still proper and demure with knee-length or t-length skirts.

Layers of ivory! Photo by Antonello Trio.

I’ve always been attracted to voluminous skirts and volume was executed with elegant precision at this collection. The creation above attracts me in its flamboyance and its colour. It’s also one of my favourites for Galliano’s collection.

Make-up and hair have a touch of mannequin and one could go both ways, pale or dark, both as alluring and mysterious. Perhaps Chanel No. 18, rouge noir lipstick will be mainstream again?

Platform heels with bow. Photo by Armando Grillo.

And the shoes – not for the faint of heart!

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