Couture Week Fugs and Fabs: Christian Dior


Hey, I forgot about Couture Week — or as I like to think of it, one giant pitch to awards-season attendees. Let’s see what Christian Dior sent down the runway and imagine who might wear a version of it. Note: This isn’t everything; if you want the whole show and in order to boot, Style.com has it up already.

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  1. Other Emily
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    I’m sorry, I could hardly even evaluate the dresses because the hair and makeup on the models was so terrifying. Yuck. I do like that first dress, though. Very pretty and interesting.

    • Kat
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      Agreed, Emily. The styling is just awful. And what is with the whole woodland nymph motif? Yikes. 85% of that was fug.

      • SCM
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        Maybe they’re just pitching to Anne Hathaway so decided to make all the models look like Fantine.

    • Candy
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      I was just gonna say how much I loved their hair! It’s so rare to see models with cute pixie cuts like mine on a runway

  2. qwertygirl
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    So many of these look like a quilting bee gone bad. Ugh.

  3. Drbubbles
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    When I saw #2 I was all, “Why are her shoulders like that!?” Thank god the larger version showed that she was perfectly lined up with the woman behind her. Otherwise I would have been creeped out for hours.

    • JillB
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      yes, me too!

    • Izalika
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      Holy crap, that terrified me! I literally came to the comments hoping for an answer…didn’t realize the bigger picture would answer it for me. Stomach officially settled, so THANK YOU.

  4. Drbubbles
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    comment to fix my broken tag.

  5. valueofaloonie
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    If you look at the picture of #15 on Style.com, you can see that the pink part that disappears is a sort of train…thing.

    Also, that it’s kind of sheer in the front. Surprise!

    Other than the stripey dress you led off with (though I would personally make it longer), and maybe one or two others, I found this collection to be pretty aggressively ugly.

  6. Fumi
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    This doesn’t even look like a couture show.. It’s pretty much ready to wear and it’s ugly… I thought that we would see a potential Oscar gown in the mix, I guess not. We’ll have to wait until Elie Saab.

    • marie
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      I’d rather this than Elie Saab. His gowns, while beautiful, are almost always the same. it gets boring. I’m hoping Jennifer Lawrence would wear the first dress

  7. Cheryl
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    I think the dress on Slide 6 (the half-naked one you dared Sally Field to wear) completely screams Julianne Moore. The coloring would be great for her, and the woman LOVES herself a Frankendress. Just toss some sort of liner under the sheer half, add some overcomplicated nutso heels, and she’s all set.

  8. annmartina
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    I want to see what is going on with the cutout on the back of the yellow dress in #13!

  9. LT
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    You know who would look fab in the first gown? FLOTUS, inauguration ball. It won’t happen — Dior’s not an American designer — but can’t you see it w/huge awesome earrings and a kitten heel?

  10. Sarah
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    Ooh I love #12 and I think Seyfried could rock it.

  11. Art Eclectic
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    I hated every one of these, except the first one (which took my breath away.)

  12. Stefanie
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    I had high hopes considering the first dress is fantastic but …yeah. YUCK.

  13. Zulkey
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    The makeup on the Dior chicks is giving me vintage Barbie.

  14. BooRad859
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    Really loving that first dress. Someone, be it Cotillard or Chastain or Hathaway, needs to contact Kevin Dior immediately.

  15. Ines
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    i liked and loved 80% of it (except the puffy ones with the funny biel line), the coulours and the fabric are gorgeous.

  16. Aurora
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    Fug Girls: it would be interesting to know how designers and fabric manufacturers coordinate. Like, who came up with the looks in #3 and #4? are they just sacks with all the doo dahs added on by hand?

    and in general…remembering reading recently that a golden body stocking for Beyonce was being air-shipped back and forth to India to get the embroidery right….

    those kind of behind-the-scenes stories regarding the fashion world are so interesting…I think because it is where the fantastical enters the real world of hands making something.

  17. Hima
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    I really like dresses #1 and #5 in this slideshow. There are a few others that are okay. The rest are TERRIBLE. And the full show shows nothing better.

  18. Amber
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    The first one makes me wish I had a reason/event to wear it to. As well as the body and the money, but, you know…

  19. Bottle Ginger
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    The first dress, the one with the stripes, should be worn by Kiera Knightley, not Jennifer Lawrence..

    Or any other actress with absolutely no boobs. Boobs would ruin that dress.

  20. Vandalfan
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    Some are whackadoo, some are beautiful, but I’m on the whole pleased with the relative lack of sheer lace overlay, nude or black. The shoes more than the greasy makeup spoil a lot of them for me, however.

  21. EmilyAP
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    I surprised myself with how much I hate the tights.

  22. male fan of GFY
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    LOVE the use of color matching / complimenting tights!

  23. lindsay
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    The “half-naked” dress in slide 6 is the best deployment of the sheer trend I’ve seen in eons – by which I mean I don’t hate it.

    Also, what the WHAT is the yellow shenanigan occurring in the background of slide 13?!? I cannot.

  24. littleflick
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    Apart from the first dress which is ok these are truly awful.
    I also struggle looking at these women. They look like reanimated corpses. So thin and angled. It would be nice to see couture on women who don’t have ribs and shoulder blades sticking out everywhere. There is not one boob or hip between the lot of them.

    • Lisa
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      Couldn’t agree more. I think it’s really frightening how thin these girls are. When is anorexia going to stop being a prerequisite for a modeling career?

  25. littleflick
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    I’ve looked through the photos again and decided that the models look like male AIDS patients in drag.

  26. May
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    I too thought the first dress was amazing… and was really excited to see the rest of the dresses… but oh dear. Some are pretty, but most are just awful.

  27. Krista
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    The first dress is beautiful but the rest of the dresses are just… really awful. The models all look like they’re dying of consumption.

  28. Erin
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    I can’t even look at anything past slide 9 because that model legit looks like a mannequin. Like the bitchy counterpart to all the happy Old Navy mannequins.

  29. TonyG
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    I apologize in advance for this imagery, but…

    Slide 4 looks reminds me of a ghastly over-sized infected pimple or cyst with the knees demarcating its pore opening and the legs standing in as the squirt of metaphorical pus.

    I am so, so, sorry. I even made myself sick.

  30. Shareen
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    I am so disturbed by the shoe/boots (shoots? boos?). Also, dress 18 seems so perfectly suited for Elle Fanning (or similar).

    • jeanette
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      Elle Fanning would look very nice in #18. for some reason I can also see a blond Emma Stone in this also. imagine this in a less full skirt perhaps…

      • Anj
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        I think this entire line minus the suit pieces as well as the black ones, were made for Elle Fanning. She’s a fan of ultra-girly but weirdly structured clothes. I’m actually kind of disturbed by this since I love Christian Dior and I hate Elle Fanning’s outfits.

  31. cdid
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    Kruger could do 18. Mostly they’re pretty ugly.

  32. Veronica
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    Most of these are really not to my taste. I feel like Dior is still struggling to find its footing after dropping Galliano. It’s not that the brand can’t be rebuilt, but his style dominated the brand’s image so aggressively that it’s going to take some time before they can figure out where they want to go.

  33. jeanette
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    Cate Blanchett would look awesome in #12 and possibly #15. I actually loved a lot of the fabrics, but the inverted parachute style flatters no one – not even skinny models.

  34. LT1
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    I love the first one and if you got rid of the chartreuse tights on #11 and lengthened the skirt (I can’t decide between knee or floor) I would love that one too.

  35. bettymac
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    I’m seizing a Norma Rae moment here to stand up for the shoes. I like the shoes, and I’ve developed a deep and abiding love for those in #12.

    • Sandala
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      yes ma’am bettymac! sign me up for some Dior shoes when these are available!

  36. Lion
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    I’m loving the tights!

    • G
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      Me, too. It’s a shame they ruined the look with those stupid shoes with the big ugly light sections on the toes.

  37. Alicia
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    The models are so distracting I could hardly focus on the clothing. They look like they barely survived the holocaust and were forced to wear too much makeup to look healthier than they actually are.

  38. Lisa
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    I love the first dress. I think it is exquisite. That said, I have to say, watching these girls, none of whom could possibly top 90 pounds, is incredibly disturbing. It’s the 21st century; when is showcasing girls this thin going to be outlawed? You should not have to have jutting shoulder blades and collar bones to be a model. You should not have to abuse your body to walk down a runway.