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Dior, Dior, Dior — and Some Other Stuff

• John Galliano played "Mrs. Robinson" during the presentation of his pretty, wearable, sixties-inspired Christian Dior line. His other inspirations included Baby Jane Holzer and Raquel Welch. [WWD]

The London Runways Come Alive

Finally, the clothes on the London runways are getting a little crazy, a look which defines London Fashion Week and is part of what makes it so great. Some observations: • The geometric shapes and bright colors, especially one bright-blue coat at Aquascutum, happily remind us of Willy Wonka's factory. • Betty Jackson also used bright colors but cleverly concealed buttons.

What the Critics Said About New York Fashion Week, and What They Really Meant

You know what it's like when you're at dinner with a bunch of people who work together and they start talking about that "report" or that "weird new girl" and you have no idea what they're talking about? In fact, they may as well be speaking another language? Well, fashion critics are the same way. Their reviews come out in a special breed of flowery, pretentious prose that — though fun to read because only they could come up with it — makes very little sense to fashion outsiders. So we've selected some of our favorite New York Fashion Week excerpts from our favorite critics and translated them into language we hope you understand.

Get in Bed With Thom Browne

Were you cold sleeping last night? Are your pockets deep? If so, consider getting in bed with Thom Browne. The designer is looking for a financial partner, according to WWD. He's not saving money on his fashion shows, nor would we want him to. After all, as Amy Larocca put it, "they are the only shows we've ever been to in which the audience frequently laughs out loud." Browne's spring/summer '08 show featured lifeguards and palm trees, and his fall '08 line, as Cathy Horyn wrote, "offered the long-awaited thrill of seeing two men share the same trouser leg." WWD takes care to note that Browne isn't acting out of financial desperation (Browne also designs the Black Fleece capsule collection of men's and women's clothes for Brooks Brothers, and his signature collection is sold at Bergdorf Goodman). Nevertheless, cold, wealthy folk looking for something original to put their money into could do a lot worse. Thom Browne said 'Open' to Financial Partnership [WWD]

Michael Kors Designs for the Gossip Girls

Much of the blondest hair in New York can be found in the front row at a Michael Kors fashion show. Kors, who is a master of the campy one-liner, is something of a court designer to those women who are so fortunate as to maintain a nutty brown complexion twelve months a year without ever visiting a tanning salon. He knows exactly how to show off those Palm Beach tans and blonde, blonde hair, making them shine and making them look their best.

At Thom Browne, a Sharply Tailored Freak Show

The relationship between what goes down the runway and what gets worn on the street varies greatly: Some designers stay well within in the realm of the wearable, while others use a fashion show to make a point. In his circus-themed show, Thom Browne was trying for the latter.

Louboutin's Bags, Crow's Denim, and Duckie's Elbows

• Expect more handbags from Christian Louboutin's brand expansion, which also includes up to ten new U.S. boutiques and "aggressive protection" of the brand's trademarks, like those lovely red soles.