DIOR / CRUISE  2017 / WINTER COLLECTION / BLENHEIM PALACE IN ENGLAND

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Dior returned to England’s historic Blenheim Palace to unveil its Cruise collection. 

Introducing Dior Cruise 2017 runway show at Blenheim Palace – monumental country house located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.

The journey from Paris to Blenheim, where the luxury fashion house Dior couture exhibits the resort 2017 collection, and migration across the globe in the world of fashion to come and testify are the starting point of Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier, the creative team of Christian Dior.

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How many terms do the English have for rain? A few of the quainter ones were being trotted out by the natives who had boarded “The Dior Express” as it chugged through the Oxfordshire countryside, bound for Blenheim Palace. It was bucketing down, pelting, chucking it down, raining cats and dogs doing everything in its power, in fact, to rain on the grand, sweeping country house location of Dior’s Resort show.

Visitors can’t have been all that surprised English summer and downpours are a national cliche, after all, but though all hopes of glorious walks in the formal gardens and sightseeing in the parkland of the Duke of Marlborough’s estate were dashed well before the train left Victoria station, the show, thankfully, wasn’t a complete washout.
As a brand, Christian Dior depends more religiously than others on the narrative of its past, and it does have a history with Blenheim.

Two charity Christian Dior shows were held in the ’50s 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, the Queen’s naughtier and more fashionable sister, 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.

The third, in 2016, was designed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux. Only, of course, theirs wasn’t a couture collection but a Resort show, the interim season that has somehow become the mega-competition ground between the fashion power brands that are now engaged in a new war of location one-upmanship.
Make no mistake!

The lofty library at Blenheim is pretty up as a backdrop, especially for a house everyone knows will soon pass into the hands of a new designer, as yet to be announced.

As a place-holding collection, it didn’t attempt to match the grandeur of the surroundings, but worked more in the idiom of slightly quirky young daywear, a bit of this, a bit of that, which is vaguely coalescing into a thing.

There were puffed sleeves, asymmetrical drawstrings, cropped leather pants with piecrust flares, striped shirting panels, scarf-like streamers flowing from wrists, and chunky gilded deco heels, styling that at times called Anderson’s methods to mind.

The designers dutifully sent out a few routine versions of the coat dresses Dior is known for, and a couple of distinctly odd tripartite silhouettes with either a very large belt or a very short skirt layered with a sweater and a longer skirt.
Still, there were two lovely floral-print tea dresses here, too, straightforwardly pretty, easy things that will doubtless sell well.

To be honest, people who shop these clothes across the world will still register the well-known names and wear the clothes with pride! 

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