April 19th, 2016
I would be lying if I say I am not truly missing Galliano at Dior right now. Although I may not have always agreed with all of Galliano’s design choices (or his crazy comments), every Fall and Spring I anticipated a collection that often let me thinking and wanting more. I was rarely left disappointed after watching a Dior runway show unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for the Fall 2016/17 Ready-To- Wear collection that left me severely underwhelmed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljg36hXBz9s .
With the departure of the recent Dior head designer Raf Simons, studio directors Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier took on the task of creating a Fall 2016/17 collection. It’s said that the inspiration behind this collection was bold black lines and white sheets of paper. Maybe it’s to signify a new start, a new take of the house, or a new chapter in the Dior book being written. Sure, there were a few cute coats and superb lineup of fab shoes but the “meat” of the collection was in my opinion lacking in style, creativity and cohesiveness. No double take worthy pieces here.
This collection was good enough to keep the house stable as they figure out the direction they would like to go. Whether that is bringing on a new famous designer to head up the house or giving the lead to someone within the design team already. Who ever is next to take the helm, I hope they will have the vision to rebuilding a strong identity for Dior again.