Under the artistic direction of the in-house team, the collection had some signature Dior elements. Sharply tailored blazers, jackets and coats with emphasis on the waist. Big-buttoned coats; notes carrying through from the couture collection last July. Fur-trimmed coats and all-out fur coats also made appearances. Largely, including the above fur numbers, the coats were the strongest pieces. Simple in their ways, women will want to buy them and they'll definitely look good in them.
However, this Dior collection was bereft of refreshing ideas. There was some Céline - see lace trim dresses and skirts, bearing blatant resemblance to the Spring 2016 collection. I could refer you also to Ghesquière's Vuitton: an exercise in 70's influence with coats longer than the dresses underneath them, rolled up sleeves and large shoulders, and high necklines. Frankly, some of it felt like a luxury department store advert: a compendium of ideas, borrowed and accumulated from various collections.
The beacon of light, of hope has yet to reveal itself. The next person to land on the doorstep of this house has to carve a new passage, maintaining core house values while bringing new ideas to the table. Sadly, given the way the industry works there will be an undoubted skepticism to their tenure. Will they last? That is a question that remains unanswered. In the mean time we must settle for a collection like this: a poorly edited mishmash of preexisting ideas.
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