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Dior's modernist showcase

Dior's modernist showcase

Christian Dior's Resort 2016 collection was inspired by the South of France.

The presentation took place yesterday, at venue Le Palais Bulles - Bubble Palace - which is found in the rocky hills above Cannes. It's so called because of the shapes of the terracotta rocks it's carved into and it's now owned by designer Pierre Cardin, who was in the audience.

Models were seen walking between and amongst the 'bubbles', which looks like large spheres. There were smock dresses, checked shorts, frocks with dropped hems as well as slim-fitting evening gowns.

Designer Raf Simons explained he took inspiration from the area the palace is in, famed for the extravagant fashion worn by fashion's elite. That was seen in the often relaxed vibe of the collection, which saw models in leather sandals and block heels rather than stilettos.

One of the key pieces had to be the gingham shorts, which were a looser cut than is often seen and had contrasting pieces of checked pattern poking from underneath. To make them look more modern they were teamed with tops which boasted large, billowing sleeves that pinched at the wrists.

For those wanting something smarter there were dark trousers, again cut to be loose, paired with vests stripped in sequins and other glitzy fabric.

There were tennis dresses which looked relaxed and casual, sometimes cut with scooped necks and others boasting longer sleeves.

Raf explained he wanted to offer a new take on the architectural shapes which the fashion house has long been known for, which is why there were sharp pleats and mesh pieces used throughout.

“We tried to make it very, very light, and much younger, and therefore also more futurist and modernist,” he told WWD.

The collection certainly commanded an A-list audience, with Marion Cottilard, Dakota Fanning and Zoë Kravitz all turning out on the front row.

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