Considering that the snow continued in Paris on Monday, the Dior collection came as a welcome preview of spring-summer 2013. Like Dorothy going from gray Kansas to Technicolor Munchkinland, guests slogged through the Jardin des Tuileries, layered in slush, to find themselves inside a tree-filled pavilion alive with greenery.
Under the circumstances, traveling to Paris may have delayed some, but for Danielle Steel, getting to the couture shows presented no problem. "I live in Paris," said the former San Francisco resident, arguably among the most popular authors alive today. Having written 120 novels with estimated sales totaling more than 500 million copies, Steel said her next book, "Until the End of Time," is due out in 10 days.
The show was Dior's second of the day, the earlier one having attracted Sigourney Weaver, Chloe Grace Moretz and Jessica Alba, among others. In the program notes for the two identical shows, designer Raf Simons said he wanted "a very self-explanatory collection," literally about the season and "the very idea of spring."
And so, with models glittering with red crystal lips, Simons realized his vision with bustiers, balloon dresses, sleek ensembles and ball gowns, many embellished as the show progressed in ever-increasing doses of rich floral embroidery.