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The house of Dior created a hill in the center of the Louvre’s Cour Carrée covered with 400,000 delphiniums as its show venue for SS 2016. The extraordinary setting matched Raf Simons’ latest Christian Dior collection as it was tender, elegant and enchanting. The clothes were beautifully simple with less embellishment than in previous seasons. However, they were no less feminine.

Simons’ took a modern approach to the over-the-top Victorian trend by pairing paper white scallop-edged handkerchief cotton dresses, shorts and cropped bodices with black tailoring. His exceptionally chic jackets skimmed the body and featured tiny pleats at the waist. The coats with bold stripe patterns added strength to the whisper light transparency seen throughout the show. There were so many covetable pieces to choose from, but I especially loved the crisp white dresses with the cropped sweaters layered on top. The proportions were so flattering and easy to wear.

The luxe accessories amplified the sophisticated looks. There were shiny ankle-strap mules with a pointed toe and accentuated buckle detailing, bejeweled chokers and sleek handbags that are poised to become the seasons must-haves. Raf Simons’ has the ability to create clothes that are both conceptually stunning and endlessly wearable, preserving the label’s cult status. The Dior customer will delight in the variety of fresh, warm-weather options come spring.

Image credit: vogue.com