This week Dior effectively silenced all rumours and question about the fate of its previous chief designer, John Galliano, by putting out it's first Fall Couture show, under the watchful eye of a Monsieur Bill Gaytten. Gaytten has been waiting in the wings for many years, having assisted Galliano in both Dior's atelier and his own eponymous line, Galliano. Therefore to pragmatists the move will come as little surprise, as the company directors clearly had some massive boots to fill atop their design section.
Gaytten himself has been assisted in the collection by Susanna Venegas, and the two have executed something of a coup de grâce to the spirit of Galliano's influence at the house, by producing a collection which is arguably both more contemporary and refreshing than recent collections by the previous design chief.
Using a delicate mix of mathematical sculpture, such as the numerous 3D shapes evident in the garments and as headgear, the duo have updated what was previously a classic albeit rigid Dior 'look' for Fall 2011-12.