Fashion loves drama, and thoughts were that Dior would be full of it. Would it be protesters outside, making a stand against John Galliano’s well-publicized words, although the luxury house has distanced itself from him? Would it be an incident on the catwalk? Or the absence of a high-profile fashion editor?
Once at the venue, however, it was clear that Dior would have none of that. Police were out in force to herd the oglers, and there were not one, but four security checks to get into the building. Inside, the vibe was business as usual as publicists went about seating people with little to no mention of the incident. Then the lights dimmed and, rather than a model storming down the catwalk, applause broke out for Dior CEO Sidney Toledano. He made a heartfelt speech about the history of the house and how it’s survived worse than this.
And then there were the clothes, the damsels-in-distress in wisps of dresses that have come to embody the Dior look. But this time, you couldn’t help but notice that something was missing, an artist’s final touch, which perhaps is what Galliano’s role came down to. Even as the entire atelier, in pristine white coats, appeared to take bows, an unusual and dramatic statement, it was clear that there was to be no drama, off or on the runway.
Perhaps the best summary of the show was overheard as we left: “I feel like I just went to the funeral of someone who’s still alive.”