Bill Gaytten: I’m doing more coutureBill Gaytten will create Christian Dior’s next five couture collections – but won’t say if he has the design job.

The creative director position at the company has been vacant for almost a year, after shamed designer John Galliano was sacked.

Bill has been creating collections in the meantime, including the range which wowed at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week yesterday. Despite this, he remains cagey on whether he will take the reins full time.

“No comment,” he told British newspaper The Telegraph. “[But] I’m working on the next five [couture collections].”

Last year, Bill’s couture offering failed to impress critics. It was deemed disappointing and lacked the showmanship Galliano is so famous for.

However, fashion industry professionals were bowled over by what came down the runway yesterday.

The Telegraph called them “clothes for real clients” and gushed about the “slim-line chiffon and organza dresses”.

In all 40 looks graced the catwalk, included black leather jackets paired with elbow-length gloves and tulle court shoes. A scarlet and white pencil skirt was another hit, while peplums also made a comeback.

Many of the pieces were flowy and dream-like, offering a glance back into the golden days of Dior. Perhaps most stunning was a ball dress which featured a nude top encrusted with silver crystals, which descended into black gems and then into a flowing black skirt, apparently made of black chiffon layered over a paler colour.

“It’s meant to be x-ray Dior,” Bill explained. “All the structure of iconic Dior, thanks to lots of fittings, but all of it see-through.

“I haven’t slept for weeks. It’s been a lot of waking up at 3am.”