Over the past years the Dior fashion shows have been a constant highlight during the fashion month! Each season, everyone in the fashion industry would be looking forward to this show. With Belgian Raf Simons, the Artistic Director of Dior, you can only expect the unexpected.
We all gladly remember his highly anticipated debut for the couture collection back in 2012 where each room was covered in fresh flowers, in all possible colours. Since then, Raf has brought new energy, modernity and freshness to the French Haute Couture House.
This year’s Spring/Summer Collection 2016 was presented in the center of Musée de Louvre’s pretentious Cour Carrée. The venue itself just blew my mind away! A massive man-made hill (wooden structure), covered in 400 000 stalks of purple blue delphiniums, all of them planted individually, was what greeted the guests. It continued to be more impressive inside: giant cobalt blue mechanic cranes, that looked like futuristic trees hung over the runway, representing the blending of mechanic and natural. All of it was created by Alexandre de Betak (Bureau Betak) and Parisian floral designer Eric Chauvin.
Christian Dior has always had a passion for flowers (especially roses and lily of the valley), hence it’s one of the main codes of the Haute Couture house and can be found in every single fashion show today!
The collection itself was surprisingly light to me. Usually you would see all shades of colors on the runway, but Raf who was inspired by South of France and Victorian-style, kept it delicate this time. Purity was shown in his almost all-white collection, tops and shorts were mostly worn under jackets, transparent chiffon and organza dresses appeared in pastel colors or stripes. It’s very typical for Raf to combine a collection with elements of the past and the present, feminine and masculine silhouettes. As usual, the iconic Bar jacket was reinterpreted: this time with a micro pleating at the hem. In my opinion, a timeless piece that should have a place in every woman’s wardrobe.
Each model was wearing pointy flats (in black, white and beige) with patent ribbons binding the ankle. Central color of the make-up was light pink to demonstrate the inocence of the girls.
My favourite pieces were the cropped ribbed knits, especially the ones with the exaggerated sleeves (another trend for the upcoming summer) and the jackets embroidered with metallic flowers.
Accessories: necklaces reading “47” (the year Dior presented his first collection) and “8” (Christian Dior’s lucky number). Dioramas appeared in metallic colors.
“I wanted the collection to have a purity within it,” said Raf Simons. “To simplify and concentrate on a line that expressed an idea of femininity, fragility and sensitivity without sacrificing strength and impact; there might be a simplicity in how the collection looks, but it is extremely complex in terms of technique. There are literal layers of the past, from the Victorian-style underwear layered under the transparent bias cut dresses and the Bar jackets and rough knits, but for me it still all feels oddly futuristic and strangely romantic. Like this woman is about to travel through space and time.”
Hundreds of guests came to see the show, among them no other than Rihanna, who is a current testimonial for the House, Chiara Ferragni, Aimee Song, Elizabeth Olsen and many more.