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At the first Dior fashion show in China, John Galliano presented an accomplished Cruise 2011 collection that he described as, "a modern day homage of the scene as Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider, Jeanne Moreau and Francoise Hardy."

Baby dolls dresses with bow details, corseted silhouettes and ball gowns with princess tulle skirts came in a pick n’ mix assortment of candy colours and were juxtaposed with over-sized trench coats and three-piece tailored suits at Dior’s Cruise 2011 fashion which took place on May 15 in Shanghai. “Inspired by the cult French cinema movement Nouvelle Vague,” said the accompanying text, which explained the Brigitte Bardot references and beehive hair. It was, as John Galliano’s notes went on, “a modern day homage of the scene as Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider, Jeanne Moreau and Francoise Hardy mix with the masculine sprice of Francois Truffaut or Alain Delon.”

Culminating in a finale of a trio of haute couture dresses, a riot of tulle, organza and embroidery, Galliano said they “capture the innocence and excitement of young debutantes, an the unmistakeable romance of Dior.”

Without a single reference to Chinese culture, both the show and collection were a triumph. And although the Cruise prettiness will not hit stores until spring 2011, put your name on the waiting lists now, for this was one of Galliano’s most accomplished shows yet.

See the video of the show at www.dior.com

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