Dior SS16 Paris Show Review:
The venue: An awe-inspiring “flowered landslide” covered with 400,000 blue Delphiniums greeted guests as they entered Cour Carrée of the Musée du Louvre.
Spotted at the show: It was a star-studded affair with Rihanna, Emilia Clarke, Leelee Sobieski and Elizabeth Olsen all showing their support in the front row.
Favourite looks: The sheer organza looks in pastel hues worn over scallop-edged Victorian cotton undergarments that felt every bit ethereal yet unexpectedly modern.
Shoe of the season: Patent leather pointed slingback mules with double-tour ankle straps — presented in both cylindrical block heels and flats.
loves: The seamless juxtaposition of femininity and masculinity as exemplified in the oversized tomboy parkas (look 15 and 38) embroidered with flowers and pleated in silk. Stunning.
“I WANTED THE COLLECTION TO HAVE PURITY TO IT. TO SIMPLIFY AND CONCENTRATE ON A LINE THAT EXPRESSES AN IDEA OF FEMININITY, FRAGILITY AND SENSITIVITY WITHOUT SACRIFICING STRENGTH AND IMPACT.”
– RAF SIMONS
Worth the investment: Those rough, scallop-edged and cropped knit sweaters accessorised with turtleneck scarves and metal chokers.
I spy: The duffle bag as the new IT bag from the House of Dior. If this doesn’t give you reason enough to hit the gym, then we don’t know what will.
Try this now: Fastening your ponytail with a ribbon and then looping the ends of the ribbon around the neck to double up as a decorative choker. Genius.
Makeup: Makeup was inspired by actual flowers, with subtle peach eyeshadow, flushed cheeks and a rosy lip. And the hair also remained soft, being loosely tied back into a side parting. accessories were sharp and bold. Pointed, buckled pumps and geometric bags were the accessories of choice, adding edge to the feminine collection.
Something you might have missed: Little numeric charms — in particular, numbers 1947 and 8 — hanging from thin metal chokers and finished with oversized gem stones. 1947 represents the year Christian Dior launched his first haute couturecollection and eight is Monsieur Dior’s favourite number, as well as the date the French fashion house was born, 8 October 1946.
Show Summary: Dior SS16 showed us fresh, sheer Victorian looking lingerie; the first look to hit the runway was a white, scalloped hem crop top and shorts combo followed by variations in cut and colour. There were knee-length skirts, loose fitting blouses and maxi dresses in pastel ice-cream hues and stripes being a prominent trend.
Sharp tailoring brought some contrast to the frothy feminine attire with Dior’s classic bar jacket making an appearance, along with some short and trouser suits in navy. Oversized coats and jackets featured with coffee coloured stripes, and a flash of red.
Crop tops went down the runway in abundance; chunky knits, raw edges, big shoulders, structured. You name it, Raf did it. Some were paired with flowing, satin maxi skirts covered in floral motifs, while others were layered over the sheer undergarments.
The final look of the show was a tad underwhelming; a belted, crisp, white dress with a short train, layered beneath a royal blue cropped jumper bearing a black floral design. But then again, you can’t really be underwhelmed while sitting in a dome of flowers watching Dior.
Full collection: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2016-ready-to-wear/christian-dior/slideshow/collection