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Lyrical Luxury
Text by Shirin Mehta
Published: Volume 19, Issue 5, May, 2011
Dior’s Prêt-à-Porter Automne-Hiver 2011/2012 show in Paris throws up a collection that will make a fashionable ‘Indian winter’, says Shirin Mehta

Cool as a couplet, elegant as an ode, the Dior Prêt-à-Porter Automne-Hiver 2011/2012 collection, inspired by the Dandyism of the English Romantic Poets, strutted down the ramp at Paris Fashion Week. Dior’s new silhouette is inspired by the maxi cape and coat, the knickerbocker and the Dior Mitzah Tee. Cashmeres, changeant velvets, chiffons and organzas evoked the romanticism of another age, but interpreted dynamically for the contemporary woman who like the Dandy of yore aims to take aesthetic dressing to another level.

Frills and fur, intricate embroideries, unexpected details in satin, velvet waistcoats and cashmere cloaks added flair and panache. A palette of textures unfolded as soft leathers, suedes and furs were layered skilfully with luxe weaves and tapisserie. The colours too were layered with an expert eye as teal, marine blue, plum, olive, charcoal, created a strong resonance. This is a collection for the self-absorbed, for those who make a religion of their dressing. And some drama too.

In the calm and peaceful environs of the Rodin Museum, under an enormous tent in the manicured gardens, the collection unravelled, in parts surprisingly floaty and almost breezy, making light of winter dressing. Perfectly relevant for an über-stylish ‘Indian winter’ with fine net, short and sassy ruby velvet, ruffled dresses of amazing silhouette. Embroidery, feathers, tulle and lace which ‘cut a new lyrical luxury’ for the evening. Surely a collection to remember.

Cashmeres, changeant velvets, chiffons and organzas evoked the romanticism of another age, but interpreted dynamically for the contemporary woman who like the Dandy of yore aims to take aesthetic dressing to another level.

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