A mood of modesty and restraint played out in the collection, which was an entirely monochrome tribute to Christian Dior’s famous sculpted-waist Bar jacket. The proportions were tweaked, exaggerated sleeves powered the corseted silhouette into the new era. There were skewed hemlines (longer behind than in front) and intricate Fortuny pleats but the distinctive volume of the New Look reined supreme, complete with its familiar modest mid-calf lengths. This ode to supreme simplicity arrived uncluttered by overt decoration. Silk organza and Georgette trains were punctuated by sparse embroidery or while embellishment was in gold with delicate touches of silver. Flat sandals tied with velvet ribbons were in the style of Japanese Bath shoes. Heavy Maria Callas style eye make up in black and gold was combined with natural looking hair held back by rectangular gold clips giving the old-world look a modern ready-to-go edge. Ultimately, this show reiterated that unmistakable meticulous Dior touch, flexing the precision that their atelier can achieve in the details of their tailoring. A sartorial call for a moment of calm amidst the whirring rumour mill.