From the sailor-suited male models marking the venue’s entrance, to the logo-emblazoned water taxis shuttling guests between Manhattan and Brooklyn, Dior’s presentation of its cruise 2015 collection made quite the splash on the shores of New York’s East River last week. Held in a massive glass-walled greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the show rode the post-Met Gala wave of excitement that rippled through the fashion community this month. The choice to present the massive collection of 66 looks at this unique location honored the longstanding love affair between Americans and the iconic French brand.
Bureau Betak – perhaps the most innovative and successful of fashion show production companies – was responsible for successfully transforming the industrial greenhouse into a futuristic space that impressed many guests in attendance thanks to the freshness of glossy white surfaces, mirrored walls, and a maze-like runway that afforded each of the 1,000-or-so invitees an excellent view of the clothing. And these were clothes not to be missed. Neither the dazzling newness of the event space nor the celebrities lining the front row could distract from the impactful, wearable designs created by Raf Simons for the upcoming resort season.
Such a large collection allowed for a great variety of looks, providing Dior fans with sartorial options to suit nearly every occasion. Within Simons’ signature framework of black accents and slim geometric cuts, airy fabrics were mixed with metallic knits, bright prints, and detailed embroidery, resulting in a modern parade of chic and energetic looks. Standout pieces included a white sleeveless coat with black lapels, a series of bright cocktail dresses made of layers of large embroidered organza squares, and dresses comprised of a clean, metallic sleeveless knit top with a floaty, printed silk handkerchief-hemmed bottom. Also hard to ignore were the handbags whose surfaces were shamelessly imprinted with the conspicuous, retro Christian Dior logo. The collection’s brilliance and overall sense of youthful ease helped to erase the recent memory of this year’s bitter New York winter and will certainly provide Dior lovers with a bright spot of style when the clothes begin to arrive in stores next November.