Haute Couture Gets Off To A Blooming Start

21/01/2011 14:40 | Updated 22 May 2015

For once, instead of people talking about the dying days of Haute Couture, it seems that fashion's most artistic branch is thriving (according to a recent story in WWD). In fact, after Galliano's spectacle for Dior yesterday, one could even say it's blossoming.

Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Lily ColeDior's front row roses. From left to right: Jessica Alba, Eliot Press/, Blake Lively, PA and Lily Cole, Eric Ryan/Getty Images

Luring young petals like Lily Cole, Blake Lively and Jessica Alba to front row perches, Galliano delivered a technicolour garden of delights, where organza, mohair, silk and tulle fabrics were covered with delphinium and lilac prints, skirts were shaped into tulips and jackets were sprinkled with hydrangeas. Milliner Stephen Jones wrapped the models' heads in cellophane wrapping, which adorned their peony-inspired hairdos so they resembled bouquets you pick up from the florist. The extraordinary colour palette embraced everything from vivid orange (based on Dior's iconic flower, the parrot tulip, which provided the backdrop for the catwalk creations) to bright violet, blue iris, petal pink, green and more.

Dior a/w 2010 coutureGetty Images/Karl Prouse/Catwalking

Galliano enjoyed his usual tradition of coming out in costume; naturally, he was a gardener complete with bee-keeper boater. And speaking of headpieces, the latest news is that Galliano is launching a collection of women's hats and scarves, which will be unveiled in October.

We'll be fantasising about Galliano's green thumbed-creations all through summer! What do you think of his couture creations?

Dior a/w 2010 couturePA

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