The Dior Haute Couture 2016 Spring/Summer collection was presented Monday morning with a runway show in the gardens of the Rodin Museum. A marquee full of mirrors was the towering backdrop for the casual and relaxed feminine silhouettes of this new collection put together by the maison's studio team, headed up by the Swiss duo Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier.
They succeeded with the challenge of "creating a new realism in high fashion". Women wear the clothes with a certain freedom and unaffectedness, with exaggerated waistlines, iconic of the New Look style. Bare shoulders, marked waistlines, the knees revealed, make for a new version of the famous Tailleur Bar outfit, adapted to the realities of modern active life.
Three months after the departure of the Belgian designer Raf Simons, the CEO of Dior, Sidney Toledano, talks about the "ideal" candidate to replace him. "They must understand the label, they must be aware of the fundamentals of Dior, and understand current trends. That is what Monsieur Dior knew how to do so well, and that is what other designers have also brought to the maison." He then added "The label is doing well. Dior is like a big orchestra with a lot of different virtuosos, they don't stand by and wait, the train continues to move forward. The future artistic director must be prepared to jump on the train!"
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