John Galliano is never afraid of change. For his '11 Cruise collection for Christian Dior — presented in Shanghai — the designer opted out of creating his signature Chinese-inspired confections for classic French je ne sais quois. "I didn’t want to come here and present a Chinese-inspired collection to my Chinese friends," Galliano said. "I’m the ambassador of the house of Dior, and I wanted to come here with a French-inspired collection and to show the savoir faire of France." That said, Galliano created a spectacular motley of très chic offerings composed of striped knits, flirty ruffled frocks, overtly decadent organza and tulle gowns, and tailored separates. Pastel candy tones, such as mint green, pink, orange, and lavender, dominated the runway and delivered a couture-like aesthetic, while pops of sexy black lace and classic plaid prints provided contrast. The perfect mix of old and new school French fashion. "I think our Parisian and Shanghai sisters — they both share the same love and passion, which is for tradition and innovation," Galliano said. In fact, a runway attendee described it best, stating, "I love Dior because of Galliano. He’s very ku [the Chinese slang word for cool]." Well said.
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