Paris: John Galliano’s runway shows for Dior are always a cinematic experience, with models (and designer) in full character and costume – down to the fingernails. This season, a South Pacific storyline of sailor-meets-hula-girl-in-the-1940s played out on the runways, and true to form, dresses for both day and evening took center stage. Flirty, flouncy numbers were printed with an array of tropical vegetation and came in airy chiffon and peek-a-boo macramé, while gowns resembled makeshift sarong dresses. Wide-legged sailor pants and sporty anoraks brought a utilitarian edge to all the frilliness, updated with misplaced pockets and buttons. The house’s iconic bar jacket also made cameo appearances, in off-the-shoulder tweed and sturdy twills. Bettie Page bangs and Hollywood-glam makeup completed the theatrical vibe, as did standout accessories like cat-eye sunglasses, sailor hats, rope belts and lei jewelry. It was an entertaining show, and the exuberant collection lived up to Galliano’s reputation for putting the fun in fashion.

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