Amidst English summer and downpours, Dior presented its Cruise 2017 collection with a strong nod to its past…and it does have a history with Blenheim. Going down memory lane back to the ’50s in which two charity Christian Dior shows were held in the vast, golden-hued country house built by the architect Sir John Vanbrugh as a gift to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, in the early 18th century. They were haute couture shows, both held in the presence of Princess Margaret, who was a Dior customer. The first, in 1954, was designed by Christian Dior, the second, in 1958, by Yves Saint Laurent who took over immediately after his death. And now fast forward to 2016, n 2016, the collection presented was designed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux. Only, of course, theirs wasn’t a couture collection but a Resort one.
And it was a grand one at it. The lofty library at Blenheim becomes the backdrop for this French powerhouse that we know will soon pass into the hands of a new designer that has yet to be announced.
The collection: straightforward, easy, slightly quirky—we saw puffed sleeves, asymmetrical drawstrings, cropped leather pants with piecrust flares, floral-print tea dresses, striped shirting panels, scarf-like streamers flowing from wrists, and chunky gilded deco heels, coatdresses and a couple of tripartite silhouettes styled with either a large belt or a mini skirt layered with a sweater and a longer skirt. Here, we take you backstage to get an in dept look into the collection.