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Christian Dior

ARCHIVAL ELEGANCE
Paris: Fresh off the hullabaloo of John Galliano’s infamous departure from the house of Dior, Bill Gaytten, took the reigns for a safe yet solid Spring collection amidst rumors of a new creative head swirling everyday. Sticking to classic archival Dior was most likely a strategic move, but was also timely, as the 1950s continue to resurface amidst designers as a key decade for this season. The daytime looks, which started out the show, were the epitome of sweet femininity, with a palette of icy pastels lending polish to iconic Bar jackets and knee length skirts. The evening looks were laden with romantic details, with lace, flowing chiffon and long Old-Hollywood silhouettes coming together for a nod to Dior’s take on timeless red-carpet ready glamour. —Shannon Davenport

Silhouette: Cinched / Hourglass / Rounded

Color: Ice blue / Black / Ivory / Red / Whisper gray / Nude / Soft green

Key Items: Wide-neclkline Bar jacket / Sheer buttonfront blouses / Bubble skirts / Wrapped bodice dress / Voluminous tweed coat / Tailored cropped trousers / Knee length skirts / Cinch-waist dresses / Long chiffon gowns

Materials: Silk / Tulle / Gazar / Organza / Wool / Leather / Lace / Tweed / Chiffon

Print + Pattern: Square tiling / Windowpane checks / Faded florals / Horizontal stripes / Chevron stripes

Details + Trim: Cascading ruffles / Kimono sleeves / Boat necks / Tiled shell embellishments / Embroidery / Beading / Ribbon trim / Asymmetrical necklines / Sequins / Tiers

Accessories + Footwear: Leather cloches / Chain-embellished pumps / Exotic skin satchels / Ultra-skinny belts / Chain belts / Structured wicker bags / Reticulated metal cuffs and collars

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