While some brands jetted off to far-off destinations for their resort shows, Dior took an eight-hour trip down the A8 Estérel motorway between Paris and Cannes to present Cruise 2016. Although close to home, Raf Simons selected an otherworldly location for the proceedings, having chosen Pierre Cardin’s hyper-modernist Bubble Palace as the exotic and compelling setting for the show. The event was a celebration of the South of France and the French Riviera, which happens to be the ultimate jetsetting destination for celebrities and socialites alike for nearly over a century. Quite apropos for a cruise collection, all things considered.
The Dior Cruise 2016 presentation was the kind of magical fashion oasis that no one is eager to leave.
Simons not only picked the perfect spot to unveil the collection, but the clothes themselves were harmoniously fitted to the glamorous occasion. First, there was the nod to Cardin’s own influence on the iconic ‘Bar’ jacket, which was created when Cardin worked under Christian Dior, heading the design of coats and suits in the late 40s. The telltale clue was in the reinvigorated focus on the jacket and Simons’ offering of new styles that refined the quality, fit, and texture of one of the house’s most identifiable signatures. The refreshed ‘Bar’ jacket was nipped at the waist and over-long at the wrist and featured softly sculpted lapels and peplum pockets. Elsewhere, Simons focused on a reboot of the architectural obsession that the house was founded upon, which was transmitted in voluminous, sculpted sleeves, gingham-checked peplum layers, and asymmetrical paneled skirts. Simons also captured the essence of the French Riviera with colorfully patterned netting that spoke of the fishing villages below, while abstracted patterns on Lurex tops mimicked a view of the evening sky. In completing his 360-degree consideration of the collection, its consumer appeal, the setting of the presentation, and the spirit of the House, the designer also included fun holiday looks like skimpy playsuits, sheer dresses embossed with fur patterns, sailor pants, ruffled day dresses, and sculptured skirts.
With a star-studded roster of attendees and multiple parties planned throughout the event, the Dior Cruise 2016 presentation was the kind of magical fashion oasis that no one is eager to leave, and everyone is eager to relive. And they can, come September, when this collection hits the retail shelves
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