PARIS, March 1, 2006 - "Gothic Chic" was not the headline screaming across
the French press on Wednesday morning. Instead it was "Bird Flu Jumps to
Cat", as a fast evolving pandemic took precedence over the fashion buzz.
Still, that former phrase could have described the Dior collection shown
Tuesday evening in the Grand Palais. Models wearing oversized sparkly
sunglasses and black head bands trouped down the runway, their expensive
faces nearly obscured (you have to wonder if it was worth the price of their
turn on the catwalk).
Aside from a finale of red fluttering chiffon, the basic color scheme barely
budged from black in what by anybody's estimation was a subdued collection
from John Galliano. "Profits" being the stamped in invisible ink on the label
of anything Ready-to-Wear from Christian Dior, one might conclude that market
forces dictated the Fall 2006 collection.