It is not uncommon for me to prefer collections from some of the in-between seasons such as a Pre-Fall or Resort presentation. Once seen as fashion filler, these have become essential to the consumer as they keep the customer in touch with the brand and its latest offerings. I love them because they often serve as a visual introduction to the next big season. They are usually a little more subtle and extremely wearable. This was definitely the case at Christian Dior this past weekend. The artistic director, Raf Simons decided to present his Resort 2015 show in Brooklyn and it was a hit!
Brooklyn was an ideal location for the Dior show as there has always been a strong relationship between Mr. Dior and his U.S. clients. Celebrity and fashion fans including Rihanna, Helena Christensen, Marion Cotillard, Linda Evangelista, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Palermo, Margot Robbie, Leelee Sobieski, Allison Williams, artists Sterling Ruby, Anne Collier, Frances Stark and designers including Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough arrived by town car and chartered ferry to witness the historic fashion event.
There were sixty-six looks in the collection which was fitting as this is the sixty-sixth anniversary of Dior Inc. U.S.A.. For Resort 2015 Simons drew inspiration from the silk scarf—le carré, as the French say. He pulled some designs straight from the house archives; others were hand-painted for the show.
Raf Simons explored the silk scarf theme not only in his use of colorful prints and skillful draping, but in the way he used the shape of the scarf as a base to construct a sheath (see the exquisite canary yellow and tomato red dresses pictured above). These bring to mind vintage embroidered handkerchiefs that have been pieced together into a delicate frock. He cleverly used lace squares that swept down to the hem which kept the silhouettes light and graceful. The scarf motif even extended into the shoes. There was a sports sandal with straps that wrapped around the feet.
The electric hues along with the streamlined styling kept this collection looking both clean and modern. It was so identifiably Simons. It is no wonder why the fashion pack hankers to be decked out in Dior.
Image credit: vogue.fr