In a similar way to the couture parade yesterday, the Dior
pre-fall collection stuck to the house codes. But whereas the made-to-measure clothes had a relatively experimental x-ray edge, the ready-to-wear was more approachable. That's not to say undone. The Dior woman loves to get "dressed," be it in a bar jacket with a subtle peplum and an elongated pencil skirt or a black patent-leather coat belted snugly at the waist. The most memorable look was a narrow, blush-pink column gown with a long-sleeve jacket on top that was split down the back and trimmed in gold embroidery. As of Tuesday afternoon, a few hours after the Oscar nominations were announced, it was still unclaimed, but we can't imagine it will stay that way for long.