The talented Belgian designer Raf Simons parted ways with the French fashion house Dior in October last year, thus ringing the curtain down on those over puffed sleeves and bottoms, geometrical structures and minimalistic touches. Oh, my stars and garters, are we really now bumping into the Christian Dior pre-fall 2016 collection without extravagant Raf Simons at the helm?
This is actually the reality and whether we are getting hot under the collar for that decision Simons made or are staying absolutely inert, Dior’s show must go on! The transitional collection has been worked out by the studio and presented during Dior’s internal buyers session by the collection’s director Michela Kalb. The creative team hasn’t actually come up with any thematic stance to have inspired them while designing the collection, but rather keeping in mind a female type who has a soft spot for donning something over something, a female who wants to feel and look more relaxed and less stiff. The Dior pre-fall 2016 collection presented today definitely cut the mustard in that intricate business to create somewhat relaxed and laid-back atmosphere simultaneously staying so steadfastly within typical femininity.
Diversely designed trenches happening more frequently made out of dense cotton crepe in vibrant shades to attach some military touches to them are arguably making the focal point in the entire Dior pre-fall 2016 collection. But the boxy and voluminous trenches are not the only types Dior offers for the transitional season. A black laid-back and oversized trench coat with the wide lapels drawn up and a couple of straps swinging here and there is in toto to be considered as a piece of sporty outerwear and teaming it with a midi classic skirt, a casual top tucked under and pointy-toed kitten flats might have seemed to be somehow weird but Dior proves that this is all kicky enough.
Even kickier is that way-out and eccentric solution a la Dior to couple a mink coat with a trench coat. Yes, this is possible – just throw a glance at that brown-white mink coat worn over a checkered cashmere trench coat but go ahead and you will see the reverse situation – an olive green trench coat worn over a chocolate brown mink coat worn over a lingerie-style dress with lacy edgings.
Dior really pulled off with a couple of brand new designs and stylish solutions. Two of Dior brand indicators – “bar jacket” and “floral obsession” have been combined here to render a couple of dark blazers with their hems imitating floral petals while some elongated blazers worn on naked body as tight-fitting dresses do arouse some confusion within us.
The collection abounds in pants whether high-waisted or slouchy with hems going all trumpets, or else happening as a piece of a tight-fitting pantsuit. Noteworthy are those shiny leather pants in black, navel blue and chocolate brown shades that are to wrap any lady with city glamour vibes. Skirts and dresses feature pleats, asymmetrical hemlines and sequined organza panels as a continuation of that newly-developing city-glamour style.
You have definitely omitted the final part of the line-up if you have already drawn a conclusion that the Christian Dior pre-fall 2016 collection is anything but elegant and soiree-ready. That amazing lightweight gunmetal maxi frock with side slits and front-back-imbalance and luxurious stoned decoration at the neck is what drops a hint at the Dior Couture future path.
Photos courtesy of Vogue