Asian influences infused the sumptuous, sequin-embroidered silks and astrakhan outerwear gracing the catwalk Friday at the Christian Dior ready-to-wear show.
Dior designer John Galliano borrowed from elements of Mughal, Turkish and Mongolian dress for the fall 2009-winter 2010 collection, adapting them to the French label’s signature style which was forged in the 1940s by Dior himself.
Ethnic black and white fabric lent the hallmark Dior skirt suit an Eastern touch, while drop-crotch pants that flared to wide triangles through the knees and tapered tight around the ankles were more overtly Mughal looking.
A pantsuit in canary yellow with layers of flowing, flouncy skirts and eye-popping Ceylon beadwork around the neckline looked as if it had been plucked out of an Iranian miniature.
French actress and former Bond girl Eva Green, the face of the label’s Poison perfume, called the show a “spectacle.”
“It’s at the same time sexy, but not too much so,” she told reporters outside the tent, adding that she was dressed in head-to-toe Dior.
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