Do you know What Went Down at Dior SS16 fashion show in Paris?
For me is still something I never ever imagined it would happen! Seeing Rihanna in front of me it was “WoW”…She made her entrance at Dior SS16 in a fabulous oversized pink cape, paired with some latex couture boots from the F/W Dior collection. When you’re the Dior Secret Garden campaign star, it’s not hard to ensure all eyes are on you, even if Dior built a 59ft Mountain of Flowers in the Cour Carre outside the Louvre Museum.
According to New York Times, the set was made of 300,000 flowers under the eyes of Fashion florist Mark Colle and the show producer Alexandre de Betak. Inside the venue there was another hill covered in delphiniums from which the models showed up on the catwalk, with lights that looked like giant flower stalks.
It was clear that Raf Simons wanted to recreate the first showspace for his Haute Couture debut at Dior.
THIS is what pure fashion smells like, people.
Dior SS16 collection is a combination of romance, futurism and nods to the past, where lingerie shorts and fitted tops were paired with filmy organza dresses and tougher tailoring.
Underwear as outerwear is the key notion of the spring season 2016 seen at Dior.
The Dior SS16 collection was a knockout, even if many voices discussed more about the décor rather than Raf Simons fashion show. So, he might assume that the looks were less captivating than his SS16 collection. He talked backstage, about keeping things simple and quiet for SS16 : “It’s a calm one, and very soft—away from the overdone. I didn’t want to embellish. So I was thinking about the South of France—rainbows and the simple things. And there’s a bit of Victoriana: something of that film Picnic at Hanging Rock. With a slight sexual undertone of darkness.”
Anyway, he actually wanted to make reference to the Houses’s Heritage and he put more accent on the accessories. The charms that hung from necklaces: the numbers ‘47’ and ‘1947’, represents the date when Christian Dior first showed his groundbreaking New Look debut. And “8” is the most important number for Dior House, meaning 8th of October 1946, the day when it was born. It also means the name of the first collection ‘En Huit’ and the 8th arrondissement of Paris, where the brand has its HQ.
Raf Simons opened the show with his muse, the 14-year-old Isareli model Sofia Mechetner, dressed in a pale white two piece suit with a scalloped hem and pink collar necklace. And he wore one of his own shirts created in collaboration with artist Sterling Ruby, who also helped him with his first collection for Dior House.
“Purity and precision” were the key notes at Dior SS16 last week, together with those feminine accessories that expressed an idea of fragility and sensitivity. I really loved the shoes buckled at the ankles and the Victorian ribbon collars and scarves, tied around necks.