Friday, October 9, 2015

Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2016 Collection - PFW

Dior brought a blooming collection for Spring/Summer 2016, literally, a grand covered mountain  with purple flowers. They created a man made hill in the center of the Louvre's Cour Carree covered with 400,000 delphiniums. 

"Since Raf arrived, he's been showing the overlap of romanticism and modernity and he's been doing it with flowers," said Alexandre de Betak, who has overseen each Dior venue since the designer Raf Simons was appointed in 2012. 

"It's not about crazy and gigantic; these are his very impulsive and personal ideas. And it all came very naturally." The purple perennial beat out other options because it seemed more "believable", said de Betak. "We wanted something that was impressive yet charming, and sometimes charming is simple." 

Of course, simple can sometimes be exceedingly complicated. The scaffolding arrived on 15 semi-trucks. To ensure the flowers would not wilt by showtime, they added a layer of Oasis water-absorbing foam, stated an article in the New York Times. 

VIP arrivals included: Rhianna, Emilia Clarke, Marisa Berenson, Leelee Sobieski, Elizabeth Olsen, & Simons muse Hanne Gaby Odiele who took to lying down in the flowers before the show, among others.

The show opened with Dior's new favorite model, Sofia Mechetner. Every look had the same shoe silhouette, an ankle-strap with a pointed toe. There was a definite sheer trend with transparent floor-length dresses in stripes layered over prim ivory underpinnings.

Makeup artist Peter Philips created a clean beautiful faces to keep the theme of "barefoot beauty". Black blazers and vests were styled with tiered ruffles at the hems and matched with white pieces to emphasize a classic style. A couple of trenches were patterned with black-red and black-pink stripes while a few were solid in hues.

{It took a team of 100 to build this flower-covered dome and get it ready before Paris Fashion Week. First the fencing, then the frame demarcating the perimeter of the tent, and then followed the support of the beams and white shell.} 

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