It has been two days since the fashion industry descended on London to partake in the festivities that surrounded the presentation of the Christian Dior Cruise 2017 collection and I am still reveling in the amazingness that was this experience. If there has ever been a fashion show I am jealous that I could not have attended it was this show. Dior pulled out all the stops to really make this a collection to remember. I spent the whole day watching the Dior, Man Repeller, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue Snapchat’s just writhing with jealousy. Before I get into the experience I really want to shout out the clothing, I mean that is the whole reason why this happened. I have been trying to really fall back in love with Dior and this collection was incredibly uplifting to the brand. I can see so much of this collection being worn on the red carpet and being sold. I from the embellished laces, to the cropped pants, tailored jackets tied together with silk scarves this collection really pieced together a collection that I was really able to get excited about. The fashion industry has been obsessed with which star designer will take over the role of creative director at Dior with names like Sarah Burton, Alber Elbaz, Olivier Theyskens, and Phoebe Philo all being rumored to take the reigns. I have to say that if the executives at Dior wanted to stick to the trend of hiring within, which has been uber successful at Gucci with Alessandro Michele and at Valentino with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, I think that offering the creative director role to Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux who have presided over the Spring 2016 Couture, Fall 2016 RTW, and now Cruise 2017 collections. I have been much bigger fans of these collections than I was of any of Raf Simons collections. These two know how to make Dior modern without loosing touch with the roots of the house. Raf was all about modernizing Dior, but in his collections the roots of the house were sometimes lost. I have seen the heritage of Dior featured prominently in each collection, but done in a modern way. The red carpet potential of this collection is incredible. Dior spokesmodels Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron & Rihanna all have their fair share of looks perfect to fulfill their duties with the label. I can pictures a bevy of other, non-contracted, starlets wearing this collection on the red carpet. Bella Hadid, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cate Blanchett, Lea Seydoux, Jessica Biel, Kendall Jenner, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Mara, Zoe Saldana, Emma Roberts & Emmy Rossum all came to mind as these looks took down the runway. Now to the whole experience. As I said Dior really pulled out all the stops. On Monday (May 30) Dior took over a London pub renaming it The Lady Dior and hosting a welcome bash for all the fashion guests and VIP’s. The next morning all the brands guests including Kiernan Shipka, Juno Temple, Kate Beckinsale, Elizabeth Olsen, Emma Roberts, Riley Keough, Kate Mara, Bianca Jagger, Haley Bennett, Alexa Chung, Arizona Muse, The Weekend & Eva Herzigova all headed to London’s Victoria Station where they boarded a lavish and luxurious train aptly named The Dior Express headed full stream ahead for the English country. Aboard the train guests were treated to a lunch and tea service served on fine china. The guests arrived in Oxforshire, England where a fleet of black Mercades Benz town cars were poised to transport them from the train station to Blenheim Palace. Upon arrival guest were greeted with a brass band playing traditional fanfare. This is not the first time Dior has shown inside the walls of Blenheim palace. Previously the labels has been the feature of two charity fashion shows hosted by H.R.H. Princess Margaret. The first was in 1954 designed by Christian Dior himself and the second in 1958 presided over by Yves Saint Laurent.As guests entered the palace they were able to waft around an exhibition of the collections and memorabilia from the previous two collections that were presented at the castle. Post show guests were treated to tea and pastry in the palace before boarding The Dior Express back to London. Upon return guests enjoyed sushi and the party. Entertainment at the after-party included a fortune teller, silhouette cutter, and an elegant sketch artist. All in all this is an experience that I am extremely disappointed that I was unable to partake in, not that I was invited but still. If this is what they did before announcing the new star designer at the helm can you only imagine what will happen when they finally do?
I would love to hear from you. What did you think of the Christian Dior Cruise 2017 collection? Were you as big of a fan as I was? Are you jealous that you weren’t there too?
You can see all my favorite looks from the the Resort/Cruise 2017 collections and my initial thoughts who should wear different looks on the red carpet over on my Pinterest page.