Jul 18, 2018 | By Laura Welch
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Paris: After playing it safe for Pre-Fall, Dior’s Bill Gaytten brought back bite to the label this season while staying within the bounds of the house’s heritage. Amid soft and feminine mid-calf silk skirts, cinched three-quarter sleeve jackets and raglan sleeve coats, the designer introduced black leather dresses and tunics, abstracted houndstooth and shiny teal furs. These pieces felt edgy for Gaytten and styling allowed even the prettier ensembles a bit of tough swagger with close-fitting knit caps and wide leather belts. Fall’s sweetness came through knotted necklines, frothy pastels and ballet references like tiered chiffon skirts and wrapped cardigans, a theme carried into evening with sheer pleated gowns well-suited for any dance.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: A-line / Fitted / Hourglass / Slim
Color: Black / Teal / Oxblood / Cream / Champagne / Rose / Pastel pink / Nude / Caramel / Plum / Peach / Navy / Fuchsia / Cobalt
Key Items: Three-quarter sleeve jackets / A-line skirts / Pencil skirts / Knit dresses / Mid-calf skirts / Peplum jackets / Slim trousers / Silk halter dresses / Sheer evening gowns / Fur coats / Wrapped cardigans
Materials: Wool / Silk / Satin / Leather / Tweed / Intarsia knits / Chiffon / Velvet / Persian lamb / Brocade
Print + Pattern: Houndstooth / Dimensional floral repeats / Stripes
Details + Trim: Knotted necklines / Embroidery / Raglan sleeve / Peplums / Leather trim / Contrast collars / Pleats / Crystal embroidery / Cutouts / Sheer panels / Asymmetry / Oversized bows
Accessories + Footwear: Leather gloves / Knit caps / Wide belts / Crystal bib necklaces / Ankle-strap sandals / Fur handbags / Embellished chain-strap bags / Envelope clutches / Briefcase bags / Cuff bracelets / Leather tote bags
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