A group of unnamed atelier designers took the helm after designer Raf Simons resigned.
It shocked the fashion world in October when Christian Dior’s latest star designer Raf Simons resigned.
Many were baffled, since it came just a few months after the release of the highly-publicized documentary, “Dior and I,” which explored the Belgian-born designer’s beginnings at the iconic Parisian house.
Christian Dior’s first couture show since Simons left took place on Monday — designed, the house said, by “the studio.”
A group of unnamed atelier designers came out at the end of the valiant job-well-done to take a deserved bow.
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It was against the rather symbolic décor of 360-degree, identity-less mirrors.
Dior is currently searching for a new designer — their third in 5 years. Simons had replaced John Galliano after he was sacked amid controversy in 2011.
US Vogue fashion doyenne Anna Wintour, former French first lady Bernadette Chirac and Chinese actress Liu Yifei were among celebrities on the pared-down front row of the show held in an annex inside the picturesque Rodin Museum gardens.
In the clothes, the “spontaneous, relaxed Parisienne of today” mixed with the iconic styles of the 1940s and 1950s.
High-cut post-War shoes with occasional retro ankle bows accessorized embroidered silk gowns in freestyle volumes — often with “sensual, bare” accentuated shoulders. A couple of flapper-style lace, chiffon and tulle look also evoked the joyful feeling of the 1920s — the period between the two World Wars.
The studio team also set about experimenting with the famed “bar jacket” — it “changes appearance depending on whether it is worn closed or loose,” said the program notes.
It thus came in myriad forms: in tight, embroidered black wool, loose and white, open to expose the breast sensually, oversized and masculine, or as a beautiful dark navy wool coat.
There were also traces of the historical musings of past creative directors — such as Galliano and Simons — set off nicely in one look off-white wool “bar” jacket interpretation with flappy 18th-century cuffs.