Ankles socks, minis and stacked wedges gave the Spring 2012 Christian Dior show a lolita feel. Very French lingerie inspiration contrasted with short trench coats that accented the hip to waist ratio, naturally. I'm not sure there's a sophisticated way to wear a lace negligee as a dress, but many of the boudoir accents were very pretty. The strength lay in the feminine details.

Some say playing it safe was a response to the critically-panned couture collection, as well as a way of laying low and playing to strength amidst the swirling rumors of John Galliano's replacement. If it is Marc Jacobs, the clear front-runner, it seems negotiations must be getting held up, as fashion week would have been the perfect time to announce him as successor.