John Galliano Goes Hula-Sailor Chic for Dior

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John Galliano's dedication to a theme is only one of the great things about the man. He got so into the nautical, tropical theme for his spring 2011 Dior show, which walked this morning in Paris, that he took his bow wearing a pirate outfit, his hair in two beach-perfect fishtail braids. Those pigtails were only one scrap of the excitement! The models, some of whom wore leis, worked their little sailor hats by giving salutes at the end of the runway, which was made to look like a rusty slipway. The girls emerged at the other end from a set that looked like a desert island.


Dresses came in Hawaiian-print or sheer fabrics. Little flowers sprouted toward the floor from the crocheted middle of one, looking almost like Christmas-tree ornaments suspended by tentacles. Some skirts resembled grass hula styles, making the show seem at times just a coconut bra away from a no-food luau. But the most exciting thing about this collection is that it ties somewhat to the mermaid theme that's been teetering on the edge of full fashion-world acceptance for about a year. As soon as someone cool goes out in a seashell bra, the 'maids will really be in business.

Paris Fashion Week: Christian Dior spring/summer 2011 [Telegraph UK]