Oh boy! It’s time for some couture and who is better to look at then the gorgeous Christian Dior. Even though the brand has taken on some rather strange turns of late, we had high hopes for the Dior Couture spring/summer 2016 collection, something we are not entirely disappointed in. Of course, we always expect better from Dior, for it is one of those timeless brands that everyone from my mother to grandmother, and perhaps even my great grandmother, have worn, bought perfumes of, or just plain enjoyed.
This is the first collection that is being unveiled since Raf Simons’ departure and despite our doubtful nature, we have begun to enjoy it immensely… even if it often does not make us feel like we are looking at couture. According to the show notes though, “it appears that “Couture’s New Realism” is being ushered in, and where Simons moved away from John Galliano’s heavy embellishments with a new take on cocktail and evening looks, studio directors Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier pushed the wearability agenda to new lengths, giving it more of a ready-to-wear edge. We are not complaining of course, but we often crave Galliano’s extreme silhouettes as well.
Paris Couture Week has officially begun though and we cannot help but enjoy every last second of it. It began yesterday, yesterday evening really, and we are hoping to see some rather incredible couture designs on the runways over the next few days. As for the Dior Haute Couture show, it appeared on a stage with a mirrored tent of many angles, wherein the underlying message was that the Dior woman would be able to recognize herself, all the while the blistering pace gave an even more prominent message: Dior clothing is for the woman who is constantly on the go.
We are positive that the new angle for the couture designs will appeal to those new to the concept, but those of us who greatly enjoy the fact that most no one would wear the pieces paraded about, using the artistic creations as a mode of exciting revelry in all that is fashion.
The pieces on the runway included silk skirts with slits along the sides, the hems long past the knees, with panels of pleats that added to the seductive nature of the swings. There are shorter A-line skirts to be found, lots of darker colors and stark whites, with gorgeous embroidery and streamlined cuts, hip-length camel coats appearing alongside all the lovely ruffles and extra folds.
Since the décolleté has generally been a Dior fashion trend, it was only right for them to include pieces that intentionally slipped off the shoulders, baring the seductive part of the body that has nothing to do with canon sexuality. However, that barely there lilac chiffon dress was certainly a number we shall not soon be forgetting, with the sewn on ruffles and smattering of embroidery, an alternative to the black tulle counterparts with the plunging necklines and 3D embroideries hiding about. With 6 couturiers already there and awaiting the arrival of the seventh during the FW 2015 RTW Fashion Week shows in March, we can at least say that the Dior house is quite the progressive state.
Photos courtesy of Vogue