Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2009: Christian Dior

Candy colors, romantic pleats, sheer fabrics — these are some key takeaways from Christian Dior's fun and frilly Spring collection. Spring is a time for lightheartedness. John Galliano really understands that and has put his knowledge to work. He's not one to shy away from color and glitz, so this collection isn't a major departure. Still, he offers up fresh frocks of all shapes and sizes. Either you're looking at mini and frilly dresses or long and sexy ones. There is nothing in between. In-your-face colors such as fuchsia, orange, yellow, and blue contrast nudes, black, and white. Some exotic prints such as dots and swirls were fun, as well as hammered studs and corset tops. A few cropped pants were thrown in the mix, but mainly this was a collection of (tame) desirable frocks.

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