Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2016 – While elements of the Dior elegance we have come to expect remains, this collection offers an apparent deviation from what has come before.
Skirts with panels in various colours and textures were a staple of this collection, along with looks of mixed fabrics. Differing, delicate florals met on an ankle-length dress, a contrast to the almost harshly coloured yellow of the structured blouse a few looks later. Between these busy, sometimes chaotic patterns were deeply coloured blacks or fair creams, offering a reprieve from the abundance of texture and visual effect.
Off the shoulder bodices and large, pointed shoes with ankle ties that ranged from slender to winged bows are among the primary details the eye is first drawn to. This collection was in no way lacking variety, with fabrics featuring delicate beading and feathering contrasting rich satins and dark
colours. Asymmetry in both necklines and hemlines leant a feeling of dishevelment to the otherwise structured pieces. Skirts crept no higher than mid-thigh, though one or two slits did bare a full leg. Sheer dresses and more deconstructed pieces made up the end of the collection, among detailed jackets and oversized coats.
An unequivocal difference is visible between this season and the last year’s spring couture, in shape, colour and feel – Raf Simon’s absence in the style of the looks is apparent, though his influence has not yet cleared the air.
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2016