christian dior f/w 2012

I feel bad for Bill Gaytten. Since John Galliano was fired, it's been a rocky road full of ups and downs for Dior's interim designer. His fall collection for the legendary French house is at least on solid ground. The ballet-inspired collection is definitely pretty, with it's twist-neck off-the-shoulder leather tops, nipped in waists, tulle skirts and pointe shoe-inspired footwear. Unfortunately, it was also safe and a little underwhelming. There was no spark, no fireworks, none of the theatricality that Galliano brought to his collections. Maybe Gaytten was playing to the commercial crowd - Dior's business is reportedly booming, despite the lack of a permanent designer, and there are lots of fab pieces for fall that will sell very well - or maybe he's just having trouble investing himself in a job that he might not have tomorrow. Either way, you gotta feel for the guy. See the complete collection here.

Photos: WWD

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