Time is ripe to let our hair down and revel in the Christian Dior fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW collection unveiled today at Paris Fashion Week, albeit without the so covetable niceties of Raf Simons, who parted ways with the French luxury brand leaving us frustrated at first, then in constant guesses, who will be the next to take the brand under his or her wings – Alber Elbaz or Hedi Slimane or Sarah Burton or maybe Marc Jacobs? With several months already passed since Simons’ leaving we are the same way in riddles about Dior’s future path. For already two runway shows in a row Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier, part of Simons’ former team have been putting their shoulders to the wheel to maintain the premium brand’s aesthetics and not to dash the hopes of its faithful clientele.
Hopes were not dashed, for sure and we saw Dior Studio strongly sticking to classic feminine silhouettes bringing open shoulders to the focal point as the best trick to expose sexuality, and precisely cut outerwear to finish off elegant cutouts and to protect fragile women from the cold winds. In terms of show, it also read Dior from stem to stern starting from the runway space selected inside the Louvre’s Cour Carrée, a unique structure covered by a colossal mirror façade with Dior stamped on it and ending with the building’s interior of many matte silver circles alternating each other, while the walls were all covered with oxblood velvet.
The opening of the Dior fall 2016 show was blackest black showing off Dior’s iconic bar jackets in different designs, midi length skirts and also mini dresses, which became even darker in combination with futuristic eyeglasses and sinister black lips. Soon enough things took more brightened turn when a black coat delivered was teamed with a vibrant yellow turtleneck beneath. Then appeared those floral prints densely spread all over the map in the form of midi skirts or dresses with unique turtleneck designs.
But the off-the-shoulder festival was the most eye-catching tableaux throughout the whole Dior fall 2016 ready-to-wear runway show. Some off-the-shoulder designs were entirely opening both of the shoulders like that sumptuous black dress with a ruched up fragment of a different material at one side or else that desert sand long-sleeved mini dress. But those stunners with V-necklines and one shoulder intentionally slipped off or those with diagonally stretched necklines from shoulder to shoulder were sending up sensual creative clutter to spin thousands of heads out there.
The Christian Dior fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW show was also prominent in the modeling career of social media sensation Kendall Jenner, who debuted for Dior today donning an all-black dramatic coat with furry collar to easily pass off a dress as well, while her dark lips and side-parted hair secured in a sleek updo was wrapping her with dark sexuality.
But the flight of fancy of Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier did not end in here. There were also oceans of psychedelic iridescent prints, sequined and beaded, handcrafted, squirted here and there and also a modicum of leopard prints in different shades. The Dior footwear was pointy-toe heels with crisscross lacings, while the leather rectangular-shaped bags in vibrant yellow, orange or red are surely to start a new iconic era in Dior’s handbag history.
Photos courtesy of Vogue