Even though they sill don’t have a creative director this didn’t stop the iconic house of Christian Dior coming to the city of London and back to its heritage at the Blenheim Palace to show case it’s cruise 2017 collection.
If you are not familiar with the term ‘cruise’or ‘resort’in terms of fashion. A cruise or resort collection , sometimes also referred to as holiday or travel collection is a pre-season line of ready-to-wear clothes produced by a fashion house or fashion brand in addition to the current twice a year seasonal collections known as spring/spring and fall/winter, hence why fashion weeks are twice a year.
This would be the third time that the house has staged a catwalk here as Christian Dior and Blenheim Palace have a history that dates back to 1954 when the Duchess of Marlborough asked Monsieur Dior to present his autumn/winter couture collection there in aid of the British Red Cross. Unfortunately, Monsieur Dior died in 1957, however his successor, Yves Saint Laurent, presented the Dior collection here again in 1958 with Princess Margaret as the guest of honour.
After Raf Simons’s departure in October 2015 Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux were now in charge of the famous fashion house and have led the design team ever since! Hopfully a new creative director will be appointed in the near future as the leading names for the role are: Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and Maria Grazia Chiuri, one half of the team currently heading the Valentino label. If either are appointed, they will be the first woman to ever head Dior. Go girl power!
Back to the fashion show. This seasons show was inspired by the post – war high society wardrobes in the mid 20th century. Dior showcased some rather interesting and outgoing prints which i thought worked great with the concept and would look good no matter where you are in the world! Most of the colours and prints surround the idea of a travelling Britain and the countries that it colonised for example the show included quite a collection of African prints.
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