Dior Cruise/Resort 2012
Paris: John Galliano’s absence was profoundly felt at Dior’s recent Resort collection. The theatricality, vibrance and inspiration were noticeably gone, leaving behind a commercial collection based on, well, a beach resort, rather than a Galliano fantasy. Caftans, easy jumpsuits and long pleated skirts were all on-trend and wearable, but lacking the vitality and inimitable technique that the former house designer brought to the garments he created. The move toward a more commercial look could possibly provide a clue as to whom the house will choose to succeed Galliano. Perhaps it will be someone more concerned with creating saleable clothes rather than realizing a fantastical theme. Either way, fashion followers are on the edges of their seats, waiting to hear who will fill Galliano’s gilded shoes. –Joanna Manganaro

Color: Yves Klein blue / Sand beige / Kelly green / Gold / Black / Navy / White

Key Items: Caftans / Printed jumpsuit / Long pleated skirt / Ethnic dresses

Materials: Fluid silks / Chiffon / Second-skin cut-and-sew knits / Lamé accents / Luxe suitings

Print + Pattern: Tile-inspired diamond motif / Mini polka dots

Details + Trim: Ethnic embroidery and beading / Accordion pleats / Contrast borders / Peasant sleeves / Tie necks

Accessories + Footwear: Stacked Lucite bangles / Floppy hats / Oval sunglasses / Statement necklaces with agates and shells / Strappy flats and heels

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