Like Chanel and Louis Vuitton, the third power house Dior, showed its cruise 2016 collection on Monday.
The Dior cruise 2016 show was held at the avant garde house “Palais Bulles” of designer Pierre Cardin, on the Cote d’Azur. The “Palais Bulles” also know as the Bubble Palace, sits on a cliff between Cannes and Monaco, overlooking the Mediterranean. The Bubble Palace was designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag in 1989. It has been said that Pierre Cardin is the second owner of the palace, but it seems as if it was built for him. Being that he was very futuristic in his designs, the bubbles are almost a representation of his first solo success with his bubble dresses, in 1954.
This palace can be rented out for events, so it was only fitting that Raf Simons present his Dior cruise 2016 collection here. The clothes from this collection were mostly inspired by the building itself, among other inspirations including landscape, seascape, and nature as a whole (which Dior himself, loved).
Raf stated that he wanted to emulate the architecture and create designs that would flow with the house. The curves in the architecture, that Antti Lovag so effortlessly created, can be visibly seen in Raf’s designs of jackets, and the light and playful femininity of the house can be seen in the pleated dresses. The south of France is known for its glamour and jet set lifestyle, but it is also know for its artistic qualities as well. Simons wanted to capture the two different concepts and morph them into one.
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I loved this collection. I think because it was held in such a unique location, it really made the pieces come to life. You can clearly see that the shape and the color of the garments are a representation of Cardin’s house. Raf Simons has done it, yet again. Much like Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton; I love the minimalist edge that Simons has brought to the house of Dior. He has the same Dior esthetic, but has brought a more modern approach to the looks. Well done Raf!
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