Christian Dior: Ready-to-wear AW16
Christian Dior has something very few houses can boast of: immediately-recognisable, eternally distinguishable house codes. Femininity, flowers, the curvaceous Bar silhouette of padded hips, emphasised bust and cinched waist. Those were the ideas Dior team, lead by Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier, played with for their first ready-to-wear catwalk outing, embedding the collection in tailoring imbued with the delicacy and femininity emblematic of the label. It made for a arresting statement of covetable clothes, clean and sharp, detailed with embroideries of Monsieur Dior’s favourite Lily of the Valley and draped details reminiscent of the couture scarves his studio hand painted for favoured clients. And the bags – did we mention the bags? A clutch on each model, every one more desirable than the last. Dior icons you can hold in your hand. We’ll take every one in every colour, please.
Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans