Much as I would like to be all cool and edgy, I can’t help falling in love with Dior’s dreamy, pop-up-book-style Christmas video rather than Dolce & Gabbana’s wacky and psychedelic interpretation of season’s greetings.
Dior’s 46-second Christmas greeting is as pretty and fairytale-like as Raf Simons runway creations and includes Van Gogh-like renderings of starry skies, golden snowflakes, ethereal doves, mythical winged horses (Pegasus, anyone?), shimmering trees, chic ice skaters and the famous Dior building on Avenue Montaigne in Paris. The whole video looks like a Christmas dream right out of the 1950s and makes one desperately wish for a pretty present from Dior under the tree this year. Santa, are you listening?
Dolce & Gabbana’s Star Wars-meets-shark tanks extravaganza is more of the grab-you-by-the-neck-and-shake-you-till-you-succumb variety… it makes one wonder whether the stress of those imminent tax evasion trials has driven the designers to experiment with hallucinogenics (just a thought!). But love it or hate it, I do have to concede that they deserve full marks for innovation in a season that lives by cliches!