FASHION & STYLE: DIOR’S FIRST PRE-FALL SHOW IS . . . DIFFERENT
The usual elegant aesthetic of Dior’s runways was interrupted in its first-ever pre-fall show in Tokyo. Models channeled a robotic look with tight Nordic braids and thick faux lashes that complemented the futuristic silhouettes on show. The clothes were still very Dior, recalling some of the house founder’s New Look of 1947. Updating the heritage Dior aesthetic with wide collars, roomy sleeves and a relaxed waistline, Creative Director Raf Simons interpreted the label’s timeless good taste with a sense of utility.
The show itself was set in one of Japan’s premiere sumo wrestling arenas, a stark contrast to Simons’ usual choice of sumptuous salons and grand halls; but Tokyo–more broadly–Japan has a history with Dior.
“Why Tokyo? We think Japan is a key country for luxury and fashion,” said Dior’s CEO Sidney Toledano to Style.com. “We just renewed our store in Omotesando, and we have many flagship stores here.”
The great Dior once designed a wedding dress for Japan’s Princess Michiko in the 1950s, and the designer was taken with Japanese style. Simons also first sold to Japanese shoppers in the 1990s as a fledgling menswear designer.
“From a fashion point of view, they take so much liberty to express themselves,” said Simons at the show.
And that sartorial freedom was clear on the runway. Paillette turtlenecks were paired with short, fuzzy plaid dresses and flat knee-length boots–a whimsical play on the Japanese schoolgirl. Extra long fur vests and platform boots played a liberated ‘60s vibe.