By  on January 17, 2008

With Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" as a starting point, John Galliano evokes prerevolutionary Russian high society for Christian Dior's pre-fall collection. And Russia wouldn't be the same without fur, so the lineup offers plenty of it, such as this fox coat and hat, paired with a dress in Dior gray flannel.

Designers are getting into the lap of luxury for pre-fall. At Christian Dior, John Galliano channeled Russia while still staying close to the house's unmistakable codes. Matthew Williamson is also musing on the country — a Russian ballerina after a "La Bayadere" performance, to be exact. Her clothes, he says, are "ethnic-meets-street chic." Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough are turning their world inside out, with exposed seams and linings on everything from coats to evening dresses, and Monique Lhuillier is showing glamorous, sparkling dresses as well as "no-fuss clothes," i.e., sleek black sheaths.

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