Dior presented their Resort 2011 collection yesterday in Shanghai, and while the clothes are lovely, we can't help but think they feel a little stale.
For Resort 2011, John Galliano revisited his tried and true inspiration of 1960s kitsch culture, with a few new twists. But overall, it was the same old story.
Black and white stripes? Check. Pastel, long, sheer dresses? Check. Slim capris? Check. Bouffants and winged eye makeup? Definitely check.
Sure the 1960s are a great decade. There was Warhol, the Space Race, the birth of Pop, and Psychedelia, but we can just watch Mad Men to relive the era instead of spending thousands of dollars to look like Betty Draper in real life.
Galliano's been thinking about the 1960s since 2005, when his AW05 and Spring Couture 05 collections were heavily influenced by Edie Sedgewick and Warhol's Factory babes. Back then, we saw stripes, boxy shapes, and pastels that were nods to the past with modern modifications like holes, new proportions, and embellishments.
More recently, Resort has been Galliano's 1960s outlet.
Resort 2008 was an ode to 1960s Palm Beach culture, with kitschy tunics, capris, and dresses evocative of the housewives in Edward Scissorhands. The collection had a sense of humor to it with the colored leopard prints and tricky shoes.
By Resort 2009, Galliano was back to the 1960s with an over-the-top collection of American patrician culture: Pearls, tunics, capris, and loads of embellishment.
What about the 2010s? Galliano spends so much time looking to the past, we sometimes wonder if he'll ever focus on the future. We know what the designer is capable of in terms of evoking and recreating the trends of decades past. We'd like to see more experimentation, like what was occurring in the early 2000s. Dior shows were crazy spectacles that combined many cultural and historical references instead of trying to recreate the look of an era.
Hopefully Galliano can start looking forward, and fast, or else Dior will become nothing more than a stalemate in the constantly progressing world of fashion.