As everyone knows already, Dior is currently operating without a creative director. As I was headed to the show, I was very eager to see what the Ateliers had prepared for this couture collection. The show ended with a young team which looked to be in their late 20s/early 30s who actually came out at the end of the show, I found this a very beautiful tribute to all the people who work hard on a collection and that we rarely get the chance to see. Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux were named heads of studio and I loved the smile they had on their face when they walked out. Regardless of everything, they did an incredible job.
Just like always, the set up was grandiose. Huge mirrors for the entrance reflected Musee Rodin and the beauty of sunny Paris. The inside venue was also filled with mirrors, on the walls and on the ceilings, it was beautiful. I love how it reflected infinity.
In my opinion, this collection is a continuity of the work that Simons had started, taking couture a little closer to ready-to-wear, modernizing the classic cuts, making couture easier. This collection celebrated Dior house codes like the structured corset, the short beaded dresses, the asymmetric necklines, the bows in the back. My favorite part of this collection is actually the styling. I found it very interesting to see coats styled with light skirts, the bar jacket worn over a black pencil skirt, leopard shoes or pumps with huge bows worn with most of the looks but also the earrings and all the little jewelry that made this collection even more modern.
A girl loves to dream and always looks for the evening gowns when she hears the word couture, it was perhaps the piece I would have loved to see at the end of the show but I believe it wouldn’t have made sense with the collection presented. There are always so many off-runway looks anyways so for me the Atelier was able to present a collection that has clear direction, without walking away from Simons redefinition of the Dior codes.
Bravo les Ateliers Dior.
And of course I’m eager to see who’s going to be Dior’s next leader.
I’m a Dior girl at heart after all.