Dior show mirrors a new woman, modern and free

The first Dior show since Raf Simons’ departure mirrors the house’s evolution towards a more modern woman, still looking for luxury, but moving faster and dressing more freely.

PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 25, 2016) (REUTERS) – For its first show since designer Raf Simons announced his departure, Dior took its guests on Monday (January 25) in a mirrored decor to unveil a Couture collection for modern women, always in a rush but with “pride and style”.

The Spring-Summer 2016 collection was put together by the brand’s in-house team, Swiss designers Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier, and was unveiled in a structure specially designed for the show, with mirrors on ceiling and walls, installed in the garden of the Rodin museum.

The show began with shoulder-baring designs and soon evolved into outfits made of contrasting cuts and textures, rich in embroidery, seen on tops, skirts as well as transparent chiffon dresses. Dior’s trademark bar jacket was given a masculine look while coat versions showed off shoulders.

Presenting a total of 52 outfits, models were walking unusually fast on the catwalk, mirroring the life of the modern Parisian, always in a rush, but still moving “with pride and style”.

“We are a luxury house, a quality house, but we are also a fashion house. So we have to give each time a new energy, some sharpness, a new shape. Today we saw, in line with the big Dior silhouette, an even more feminine woman, a bit in a rush, because they are more and more in a rush. They move faster, but they move with pride and style,” Chief Executive Sidney Toledano told Reuters Television.

The maison has yet to announce a successor to Simons, who left after some three years to develop his own label, and Toledano offered no hint of who it may be.

“Dior is a permanently moving house, it’s probably because of mister Dior and the destiny of this house. There has never been a standstill, it’s a permanently moving train and from one designer to the other, we can even see some acceleration. So I am pretty confident about the future and we will see how choices are made, but always as in a moving train,” he said.

From France’s Chanel to Italy’s Versace, designers showcase their luxury creations at the Paris Haute Couture fashion shows this week, presenting some of their priciest womenswear clothing, their target some of the world’s wealthiest women.