Ever since cruise 2017 collections kick-started to show the most appropriate outfits to rock the coastlines once the cruise season hits the moment, we have been truly high-spirited to reap much from the period. After Chanel’s Cuba cruise 2017 show and Louis Vuitton’s resort show in Rio de Janeiro, we are also more than enthusiastic to see how cruise flirty flair looks in the background of London conservatism and aristocracy. It was Dior’s resort 2017 collection brought to light today evening at London’s Blenheim Palace that finally got us staring at London-infused resort pieces, with Gucci’s show at Westminster Abbey still to come.
Yes, the main concern about Dior circulating among the masses these days is surely to be the fashion house’s future path, to be more precise who will eventually fill the shoes of the brand’s previous creative director Raf Simons. Today in the evening the answer arrived like who can do it better after all than Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, the two members of Raf Simon’s creative team.
With Dior’s three shows and four collections already under their belt, chances are that the Swiss duo is that very successor we have been waiting for a long time now, especially as today they took the plunge to appear on the runway to take a bow in some creative-director-worth manner.
Moreover, what we observed today in London, starting from pre-show preparations to the choice of Blenheim Palace as the brand’s cruise 2017 show venue to the runway show itself, is hardly to be called a designer-void brand’s demeanor. Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux have literally Diorized a range of venues in London.
The facade of the historical Scott’s restaurant was morphed into a magical Dior corner, decorated with white roses and Monsignor Dior’s iconic bar suit figures made of shrubs; the traditional English cabs were exposing Dior’s signature cannage motif; the Lady Dior Pub, a one-night-only pop-up bar greeted all the guests of the Dior cruise 2017 show to entertain them before the show, while the train that took them to Oxfordshire dubbed as “The Dior Express” was yet again declaring all and sundry that Dior was on the air.
In the Blenheim Palace everything was again at the highest level to be in tune with its rich and prestigious past experience, starting from bellboys treating the guests to champagne to a mini Dior archival exhibition. After all, this venue was not only the principle residence of the Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, but also the very location Dior house headed to back in 1954 and 1958.
The Dior cruise 2017 collection was brought to the table as a unique channel between French chicness and English aristocracy. And if you spice up the channel with something old, something new from the history of the fashion house, the takeaway will be the entire collection. The British fox hunting theme made a lovely part of the collection appearing both on the runway carpet and on some garment pieces, like, for example, on a dress worn under a black bolero jacket or else on a black knitted sweater matched with flaring white skirt.
Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux keep on interpreting Raf Simon’s so favorite puffed sleeves over and over again, whether we look at an ivory top, an abstractly tailored outerwear piece with discrete lines or a white tunic dress with contrasting blue puffed sleeves. Then it was all about the Swiss Duo’s newly-erupted details, styles and prints.
With every new collection unveiled by the designers, we gradually come to the understating that dense floral canvas, sprezzatura-promising multilayering, a strong handbag game, optical illusion print blocking and some uniquely cut baggy outerwear pieces are to become the key elements to identify Dior’s new style.
The majority of the models sashayed down the runway showing some chaotic outfits, like skirts worn over oft-happening kick-flare pants, a skirt worn over another longer one or a bolero jacket worn over a coat, a list to drag on and on. However some elements were spanking new, like the ruffled peplums, ruched down accents looking especially beautiful on some slip dresses, and also many scarf pieces wrapped on bags, serving as bracelet straps or else romantically running through loops on different pieces.
Whether you are more prone to praising Dior’s new aesthetics or else find it as an unacceptable deviation from the house’s original roots, one thing about the collection is to become viral soon enough – no guesswork here, the golden-soled booties with low heels are a chic thing now.
Photos courtesy of Vogue