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Christian Dior Fall 2011 Couture

Image: AFP Photo/Francois Guillot/Getty Images

Image: AFP Photo/Francois Guillot/Getty Images

Fall 2011 was the first post John Galliano couture collection Christian Dior put out and to say it was a disappointment would be an understatement. It was clear that the house of Dior was missing leadership. Bill Gaytten, who had worked alongside Galliano for several years, put forth a collection that thoroughly confused and repulsed critics.

The Low Lights:

"The lack of a designer’s overarching vision couldn’t be concealed." – Sarah Mower, Vogue

"I like Mr. Gaytten. He’s a sweetheart, but he is not a designer…That immaculate Dior polish was not evident. Some long flowing dresses in hand-painted silk looked contemporary enough, but for the most part the clothes looked like over-bright costumes." – Cathy Horyn, The New York Times

"A misjudged effort to impress an alien thumbprint on an aesthetic that, for better or worse, is one of the fashion industry's most clearly defined." – Tim Blanks, Style.com