Oh my, I never posted the Christian Dior Fall 2008 Couture collection?

Gasp! I must right this wrong immediately! One of my all-time favourite shows:

Sarah Mower on Style.com:

In a way, it was a classic: combining the indelible fifties inspiration of Lisa Fonssagrives, Dior mannequin and wife of Irving Penn, and that of the new model of French conservative chic, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Those two streams of thought merged into a collection John Galliano called “fresh couture—restrained and refined.” If it didn’t exactly result in 100 percent conventionality (there were plenty of sheer skirts and fetishistic patent belts that might not work at a political summit), the happy fact that the first lady of France has chosen to dress at Dior gave Galliano full rein to revel in the realms of glamour the house established 60 years ago.

The templates were all there: big coats, wasp waists, nipped jackets, circle skirts, tulle dance dresses, architectural gowns cut from spiraling lace and jutting scrolls of crin. Mostly framed in black and white, with tints of gray, caramel, Parma violet, mint, and chartreuse to follow, the shapes traced familiar silhouettes—albeit a familiarity shot through with Galliano’s irrepressible touches of perversity. A nod to Dior’s New Look peplum became a stiff patent hip-jutting belt with cross-lacing in the back, and a knowing acknowledgment of the basis of the hourglass silhouette came in a couple of see-through gowns with the corsetry fully on display. Still, this was Christian Dior very much under control and within the scope of reality. Add some lingerie and take off the belts, and it’s no stretch at all to imagine Madame Sarkozy finding plenty here to wow the world in her demure manner, come fall.

Wearing Elie Saab

Check out how gorgeous both Dita von Teese and Beyonce look in Elie Saab’s gorgeous cobalt blue dress, with cap sleeves, and a plunge-neck bodice!

Dita Von Teese in Elie SaabDita Von Teese poses at the Elie Saab Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture S/S 2010  at Palais de Chaillot on January 27, 2010 in Paris, France. She looks like a pin-up in everything!

Beyonce in Elie Saab

Beyonce looked glamorous in the same frock back in April 2009 on a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman. Same dress as above, but she looks a bit more modern. Shoes and hair make such a difference!

Christian Dior Spring 2010 Haute Couture

From Fashion Wired Daily:

“Tally ho Dior!

Equestrian chic was the big news in Christian Dior’s spring haute couture show Monday afternoon, Jan. 25, in Paris, where the house’s couturier John Galliano looked to find ladies who hunted, rather than lunched.

Specifically, Galliano referenced the late 19th century women who inspired Charles James, the neo-classical American designer whose more extravagant shapes also inspired Monsieur Christian Dior himself when he developed the 1947 New Look show, one of the most influential collections ever made.”

Here are some of my favorites:

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