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Christian Dior

Femininity came through via sweet satin knickerbockers, barely there layered chiffon dresses and a pastel palette.

The look Christian Dior’s show was overshadowed by designer John Galliano’s fall from grace, and so it was left to the 40-strong atelier team to take the final bow after a show that lurched from super-girly to something more sinister.

Key pieces Femininity came through via sweet satin knickerbockers, barely there layered chiffon dresses and a pastel palette. A 1920s edge was seen on drop-waist dresses with subtle art deco flourishes. But a darker portrayal of an almost sci-fi, dystopian highwayman (or woman) was most interesting, as shorts were teamed with menacing sunglasses, long sweeping cape-like coats and over-the-knee boots.

Commercial appeal The commerciality lay in Galliano’s portrayal of innocence, but the rich palette of burgundy and navy will also filter down for autumn 11.

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