For his Dior pre-fall collection, John Galliano galloped the Duchess of Windsor through This Is Your Life, with richly hued musings on what Wallis Simpson in her prime might've worn at specific times of day and across the decades. In the designer's hands, an Anglo-Saxon take on style codes still conveys a very Parisian attitude.

Since this is the Duchess, let's start with the chase: A Scottish hunting theme opened with forties-inspired tartan skirtsuits in eccentric colors such as lavender and sage, trimmed (or not) with fur. A menswear-inspired car coat and lightweight furs on knits offered coverage for mini-kilts and argyle sweaters; those who walk on the wilder side could opt for a shiny green, brown, and white python slicker.

The collection was long on daywear, but Galliano's evening options more than held their own. The flapper dresses in black and nude or in ribbons of pink silk embroidered with crystals, not to mention the goddess gowns, will no doubt be winging their way to the West Coast for the awards shows.

And what about the duchess' legendary taste in jewelry? From high (chains strung with diamonds as big as the Ritz, huge pearls with Fabergé-inspired enamel caps) to low (new Dior It Yourself charm necklaces, bracelets, and brooches), there were baubles to spare.