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A number of Spring/Summer 2009’s major trends were back in full-force at this season’s Christian Dior show – mainly Asian-inspired embroidery, brocade, and paisley-print along with harem pants, jumpsuits, bold gold medallion jewelry, and a rainbow of colors.

The dramatic eye shadow, eye brows (all of which were dyed blonde), short manes secured with dozens upon dozen of hair pins – though dramatic – were soft, leaving the focus on the feminine, romantic collection that included the re-emergence of the classic Lady Dior Bag.

Many of the looks were topped off with fur accents, a trend cropping-up more and more in the Paris shows.

Also of particular note was John Galliano’s repeated use of transparency in a number of the looks including one jumpsuit where a model’s rear was exposed – which came off, at least to me, as being purely for shock value.

However, with the exception of the pops of transparency there seemed to be very little that felt fresh or new about this collection.

There were a number of wholly wearable looks for both the ladies who lunch clientele as well as the more boldly fashionable set who flock to the design house, making for a safe, commercial collection – at least for Dior standards.


Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.