We need to talk about… the Dior SS/16 show

I’m sure most of you have been busy the past “fashion month” keeping up with all the latest trends from Fashion Week! Hopping from London, to New York, to Paris might be a difficult job for the models – but an easy job for us bloggers, only in need of a laptop and a search engine. My favourite show of the month, though, has definitely been Saturday’s Dior show. Dior never fails to impress, with the show being housed at the centre of the Louvre, within a dome of purple delphiniums – a reminder of the coming┬áspring.

Ready and waiting: Body guards manned the entrance to the stunning flowered dome as the show got ready to kick off
The “Dior Dome”

The wondrous array of flowers matched perfectly with the show’s focus on innocence. Models sashayed down the catwalk in Victorian scallop-hem lingerie layered in sheaths of sheer pastel material; mastering girly innocence to perfection.

Oh so pretty: Scalloped hems on pristine white separates were layered under delicate sheer pinks and cosy knits on Dior's Spring runway

The girly, pastel looks contrasted sharply with the androgynous focus of some models. Whilst layering was a big hit throughout; Raf Simmons did not fail to surprise as he layered tough, black tailoring (a nod to the 1947 curvy Bar suit) over the white scallop hem separates.

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The Victoriana trend will evidently continue into the spring with jewellery focusing on the lace collar, featuring the date 1947 – again a nod to Dior’s culturally rich past. However the layering of sharp tailoring, as well as thick, chunky knits over the Victorian separates brought the collection into this day and age. It made the collection feminine, but wearable.

Thick chunky knits layered over white separates

And the collection proved extremely popular, attracting a huge range of A-Listers to the Frow: from legendary photographer Mario Testino to fashion icon Elizabeth Olsen. But the most talked-about celebrity look was Rihanna’s. Maybe she had a tip-off about the theme of the collection, because her pastel pink coat-dress was feminine…

Edgy: Rihanna showed exactly why she is renowned for her style as she arrived at the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2016 catwalk show at Paris Fashion Week
Rihanna slaaaaying

…Yet also modern, with the shapeless look, the large pocket, as well as the PVC knee-highs, bringing the look very much into the modern day.

The collection was simple, but it worked: and the contrasts between androgyny and femininity made for a refreshing entry into spring.


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