Most girls spend their childhood days dreaming of fairytale endings and prima ballerina flights of fancy. To this point, we imagine the Christian Dior Fall 2012 lineup brought to life so many of those diaphanous frocks and ballgowns conjured up in our heads. Creamy pinks and pastels, full-skirted silhouettes, and strong ballerina references — right down to the ankle-strap heels — punctuated the collection. There were silky knotted-at-the-nape dresses, super-cinched waists (belted, at that), tailored peplum tops with rich stone embroideries at the neckline, and an aprés-dance sweater-over-dress look cute enough to inspire us all to hit the barre. The equally feminine accessories — wide belts, opera-length leather gloves, luxe beanies, portfolio clutches, and pointe-shoe-inspired heels — provided a well-rounded polish to each frothy lilac, pink, and muted gray creation. Rich in cut and girlie proportions, the final gowns proved to be worthy of the princess-like ensembles that preceded them — both in red-carpet wearability and elegance. It was a perfectly ladylike showing of nipped waists and sophisticated, flowing silhouettes, with just the softest pops of paisley and houndstooth prints. See below for more Christian Dior details.
- Trends: Full-skirted silhouettes (often belted), cinched waists, peplum, pale pastels, and ballerina-inspired frocks.
- Colors: Dusty pink, gray, lilac, black, creamy beige, ivory, and pops of midnight blue.
- Key Piece: Diaphanous full skirts, belted, and topped off with ballerina-worthy ankle-strap pumps.
- Accessories: Ankle-strap pumps, slick wide belts, opera-length leather gloves, portfolio clutches, and cashmere-knit beanies.
- Who Would Wear It: Ladies who can't live without an ultra-flirty silhouette, like Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Stone, and Natalie Portman.