What a twist it would be to the endless saga if Christian Dior interim designer Bill Gaytten ended up helming the brand permanently. It’s beginning to seem all the more likely given the supposed positive financial health of the brand (in late 2011 Dior announced that sales for the first three quarters were up 27% from the same period a year ago) and this season’s lineup was nothing if not wholly sellable.
Lacking the drama we were accustomed to under John Galliano’s leadership, the collection nevertheless had a slew of covetable, if repetitive, looks. Feminine but flirty, much of Fall 2012 recalled Dior’s New Look with cinched, often belted, waists and full skirts. Peplums, strappy shoes, and soft pastels added to an almost ballerina-like collection, while those in need of skirt suits will have plenty to choose from among the softly sophisticated options. Chunky embroidery and sculpted tops added visual appeal to a collection that overall felt refreshingly true to the original spirit of Dior himself.