Mannequins wearing the Dior Resort Collection. Photo: Lauren Goodman

Eschewing the traditional runway show in a staunchy midtown locale, editors invited to the Christian Dior resort show in NYC yesterday were sent a map to a quiet street in Tribeca.

Upon arriving, guests were escorted into a marble laden townhouse that was decorated with strategically placed mannequins throughout.

Once I saw the long pool in the second room, I was sure that it was a sleek new downtown hotel, but alas! "It's a private residence," said the pencil skirt-clad attendant. "On the market for $24 million." How fitting.

The setting was an apt foil to John Galliano's 2010 Resort Collection inspired by late Dior muse, Mitzah Bricard.

"A woman of infamous luxury," wrote Galliano in the program notes. "Bricard never arrived at the office before midday and when asked if she had a favorite florist, unblinkingly replied, 'Certainly... Chez Cartier.'"

Her penchant for lilac, leopard, and pearls was evidenced in the early fifties-era silhouettes of jewel-sleeved, peplum skirt-suits and a hand-seamed strapless gown.

The clothes were extremely tasteful, but represented a sybarite's palette. Now that the recession is a season old, celebrating what is not accessible seems to be back at the house of Dior.