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Christian Dior Womenswear S/S11

John Galliano says aloha to his new Dior siren who is in the South Pacific having a ball

A jolly holiday seems to be a pervading theme for SS11 and John Galliano was never going to be one to miss out on a trip that would take his girls to some perfect postcard moments for Dior, specifially in the South Pacific. The forties getting filtered through the tinted glasses of the seventies - another method of the season - was also at work here. Nautical casuals came bouncing out with utilitarian white parkas revealing flirty tropical dresses, almost as if the girls had borrowed sailor attire on a night out. When the summer nights started to fall, there was a bevy of holiday frocks to choose from, employing hibiscus and orchid and chiffon reef knotting, sarong halters, lace inserts, and a print resembling stingray. The night falls deeper and it's aloha to shell embellishments and floral organza leis that strengthen the tropics theme. The Dior woman in the hands of Galliano was never stiff but here she has a carefree abandon made possible by the location that inspired these holiday snap outfits, augmented by apt accessories. Once again, a cinematic narrative plays out at Dior with a playful siren always at the heart of it and when Galliano made his exit dressed in head to toe ship's captain garbery, there was no mistaking who was in charge of this Hawaiian soujourn.