Runway Report: Christian Dior AW16 Couture

The historical archives of the french maison are full of memories, images and stories that inspired and helped Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier rescue the real Christian Dior concept of elegance for their Haute Couture show. The result was a combiation of the mastery of Dior -through the Bar jacket, with its pronounced hips-, Simons neatness -the minimal, flounce-free strapless bodices- and the modern touch of today.

“Haute couture must not forget to stay constantly alive, adapted to the needs of every modern woman’s life”, Christian Dior wrote in 1953. He also used to say he wanted to be considered a good craftsman. “I want my dresses to be constructed like buildings, molded to the curves of the female form, stylizing its shape”.

The original haute couture maison presented a voyage of the past to a reduced classic, elegant and with an overwhelming pedigree group of people. Therefore the place to be yesterday was the little townhouse on 30 avenue Montaigne where Christian Dior started his journey.

The official line was that the collection was meant to emphasize the work of the Dior ateliers. On the catwalk, the models’ long straight hair simply tied back with and the flat sandals with ankle straps knotted hepled them walk gently. A perfect example of what should be the 2016 treaty refinement.

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Julia Urgel is a journalist and producer based in Madrid who contributes to a multitude of magazines –Marie Claire México, Vanidades México, Gentleman Spain and writing about fashion, celebrities and beauty. With an MBA in fashion -and a future PhD in fashion too- she is a university proffesor at Centro Universitario Villanueva and director of the specialization course Wedding Event Planner. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @julia_urgel