Paris Fashion Week SS16: Christian Dior
Precision and purity
The venue: An awe-inspiring "flowered landslide" covered with 400,000 blue Delphiniums greeted guests as they entered Cour Carrée of the Musée du Louvre.
Spotted at the show: It was a star-studded affair with Rihanna, Emilia Clarke, Leelee Sobieski and Elizabeth Olsen all showing their support in the front row.
Favourite looks: The sheer organza looks in pastel hues worn over scallop-edged Victorian cotton undergarments that felt every bit ethereal yet unexpectedly modern.
Shoe of the season: Patent leather pointed slingback mules with double-tour ankle straps — presented in both cylindrical block heels and flats.
Buro loves: The seamless juxtaposition of femininity and masculinity as exemplified in the oversized tomboy parkas (look 15 and 38) embroidered with flowers and pleated in silk. Stunning.
"I WANTED THE COLLECTION TO HAVE PURITY TO IT. TO SIMPLIFY AND CONCENTRATE ON A LINE THAT EXPRESSES AN IDEA OF FEMININITY, FRAGILITY AND SENSITIVITY WITHOUT SACRIFICING STRENGTH AND IMPACT."
- RAF SIMONS
Worth the investment: Those rough, scallop-edged and cropped knit sweaters accessorised with turtleneck scarves and metal chokers.
I spy: The duffle bag as the new IT bag from the House of Dior. If this doesn't give you reason enough to hit the gym, then we don't know what will.
Try this now: Fastening your ponytail with a ribbon and then looping the ends of the ribbon around the neck to double up as a decorative choker. Genius.
Something you might have missed: Little numeric charms — in particular, numbers 1947 and 8 — hanging from thin metal chokers and finished with oversized gem stones. 1947 represents the year Christian Dior launched his first haute couture collection and eight is Monsieur Dior's favourite number, as well as the date the French fashion house was born, 8 October 1946.
To see the full collection, click on the gallery below.
Related story: Dior by numbers: The Spring 2016 venue
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