Paris Fashion Week FW16: Christian Dior

Paris Fashion Week FW16: Christian Dior

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Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Dior’s fall/winter 2016 show was a compilation of what the French luxury fashion house does best — but executed with a deeper, richer vision

The venue: Like its collections, the Dior sets are just as labour intensive. The 1,000 square metre mirror façade cube took a total of 18 days to complete and 300 people to assemble. Now that the show is over, it will take 11 days just to dismantle it.

The collection: While Raf Simons may have left, and the French house has yet to find its next successor, the fall/winter 2016 collection is proof that the Dior Studio — helmed by directors Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier — remains the backbone of the brand. This season, the collection highlighted the signature house codes of Dior. Bar suits were a given, but interpreted differently with the addition of large pockets influenced by workwear, and asymmetrical peplum silhouettes accentuated with origami pleats. Floral elements, namely the Lily of the Valley, ran through the collection taking form in jacquard and embroidery — all masterfully crafted using haute couture techniques. Loose threads were carefully left undone to create a three dimensional effect. 

Sensual allure: A continuation from Dior's haute couture spring 2016 show in January, necklines were draped off the shoulder and nonchalantly shrugged to one side — either layered with a shirt or sweater, or left bare for a hint of décolletage.

Something you might have missed: Coats in curvy feminine silhouettes were designed using menswear textiles — adding density, sturdiness, texture and masculinity to a sweet yet sinister outing. 

Bags: Presented at the show today were two key bags — the new Dior icon handbag and the oversized wallet bag. The new Dior icon is a slim and rectangular shoulder bag (looks 30 and 49) available in exotic leathers or fully embellished. The foldable oversized wallet bag (looks 5 and 28) features three compartments — a pouch, and a zip and button pocket — designed to be worn hanging and left "opened". If there is anything we've learnt this season thus far, it's that the modern lady will not hesitate to carry more than one bag to fit the necessities needed to conquer the urban jungle. 

Catch the highlights here:

For all coverage of Paris Fashion Week fall/winter 2016, click here