Paris: For his most recent Dior couture collection (and many others previous), John Galliano looked to turn-of-the-century equestrians for inspiration. The show opened with a dramatic leather riding cape and continued into lovely leather outerwear – including a coat in a gorgeous mulberry shade. Luxe velvet or suede jodhpurs with knee patches and shrunken hunt coats in tweed further spoke of the theme, while shapely coats in a brushed wool plaid looked rustic yet sophisticated. Galliano juxtaposed these outdoorsy pieces with his signature delicate chiffon dresses in pale pinks, mint greens and white; beaded, ruffled and embroidered, the fanciful frocks exuded femininity. Thigh-high knit stockings with more ruffles gave the looks a coquettish feeling, while bits of fur peeked out of the folds of leather coats and draped jackets, suggesting a bit savage-chic. While not blazing any new territory, Galliano’s collection delivered the historically-influenced pieces and sublime dresses that are always present beneath the whimsy and pomp.

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