Couture Review: Christian Dior a/w 2011

A look from Dior a/w 2011 couture show. AFP/Getty Images

DESIGNER: Bill Gaytten (studio director) and Susanna Venegas (first assistant) took the final bow at Christian Dior (although Gaytten hasn't been confirmed as creative director of the label following the departure of John Galliano).

THE INSPIRATION: Pierrot, Frank Gehry's graphic lines and a Dior emblem, the rose

TOP LOOKS: We loved the kooky headpieces by Stephen Jones, the 80s technicolour pop outfits with contrasting prints and the 50s poodle skirts.

WHO WAS THERE: All the top international editors sat front row, while Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn were on the catwalk

WHAT WE THOUGHT: It was the first Dior couture collection without Galliano at the helm for 15 years and while Galliano elements were at play - the riot of colour, the explosion of fabrics in Pierrot-themed black and white finale ball gowns and the interplay of contrasting textures and motifs - the man's signature touch was lacking. For a/w 2011, looks jumped between graphic prints on skirts paired with bubble gum cropped pastel jackets for a sort of 50s-meets-80s vibe, which followed with patterned, flowing chiffon dresses and muu muus with cape details in psychedelic colours (we told you capes were huge for autumn). Finally, there was taffeta galore, layered in multiple tiers on candy-coloured tops, skirts and elaborate cascading frocks - which also paid homage to commedia dell'arte's Pierrot, down to the ruff and spotty hat modelled by Karlie Kloss.

Take a look at highlights from the collection below.

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