Runway Report: Dior merges English eccentricity with French elegance in Resort '17 collection
Dior clashed English eccentricity with French elegance at the Resort 2017 collection presentation.
Fashionistas and sartorial starlets flocked to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, U.K. to see what interim designers Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier had come up with for the luxury French fashion house.
It was the third time in the house’s history to show its Resort 2017 collection at the sprawling estate, with lines designed showed by Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent in 1954 and 1958, respectively.
And much to the delight of guests such as Alexa Chung, Elizabeth Olsen, Kiernan Shipka, Eva Herzigova and Emma Roberts, Ruffieux and Meier successfully mixed classic Dior shapes with British motifs.
The first model down the runway, with hair slicked back and brows darkened, stepped out in a heavily cropped ensemble which included a navy jacket over a yellow jacquard peplum top worn with navy cotton crop-flare trousers.
The outfit was accessorised with an oyster-shaped necklace, a red bag dangling from her right hand, and a scarf threaded through the blazer. Volume was embraced throughout the line, with other looks showing off pouf sleeves, ruffled peplums and kick-flare pants.
Scarves were another big trend, from the thin printed numbers that tied blazers shut to the flowing versions wrapped around models’ wrists. But a stand out had to be the gold-soled booties that are likely to garner praise for combining a futuristic look with a touch of practicality, thanks to their platform front and low heel. There were also nods to English heritage, with T-shirts and blouses printed with hand-painted depictions of horse riders, foxes and hounds, all echoing those on the walls of the palace.
Specifically, Meier told Vogue.com that she and Ruffieux had set out to blend references to English aristocracy with African-inspired prints and Asian details, as well as a nod to the British “taste for travel”.
Sidney Toledano, chief executive officer of Dior, said that the Resort collection remains a critical delivery for the brand, which brings newness and excitement to the boutiques.
“It’s no more the pure cruise concept,” he told WWD, noting the collection spans a range of fabrics to suit various climates. “It’s an opportunity to go to a place where Mr. Dior himself has been presenting. And London is so close. There are so many things happening here in fashion.”
Following the grandiose presentation, all eyes will now be on Dior’s new four-level flagship, which opens on London’s New Bond Street on Friday.