The Christian Dior Cruise 2016 collection delighted the VIP guests of a sumptuous fashion show at magic Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles in Theoule Sur Mer.
On the eve of the Festival de Cannes, Christian Dior‘s Artistic Director Raf Simons chose the unusual, unique and amazing Palais Bulles belonging to another giant of couture – Pierre Cardin – on the French Riviera to present his collection Christian Dior Cruise 2016 on May 11, 2015. Perched between the Mediterranean and sky, the Palais Bulles in Théoule sur Mer near Cannes, offered a sumptuous and original setting for magnifying light and young creations, evoking the South of France landscapes and memory.
The Palais Bulles as absolute metaphor of the collection
Raf Simons has explained his choice of the fascinating architecture with organic forms, like bubbles arising from fermentation of the air and the earth. The creator said: “I wanted this collection to highlight an idea of freedom, of game and individuality. The concept of this collection is light and young, and this lightness literally translates at the Palais Bulles, giving it all its freshness. The most part of the architectural constructions is directly inspired by Christian Dior coats; but here, no heavy fabrics, but a scale game is created and the stylistic elements of inspiration pieces are applied to other clothes, like a collage.”
Inspired by the French Riviera
For the Christian Dior Cruise 2016 collection, Raf Simons was inspired by the colors, textures and light of the natural landscapes on the French Riviera, and by the look of those who have inhabited it. The creator relied on technique and tradition to make contemporary clothing: styles, patterns and textures evoke the mixed world of South of France, with simple and functional models and others, with more traditional elegance. The earth, the sky and seascapes are transcribed in collages of lurex fabrics and the knitted furs form some sets that resemble tapestry.
Light and feminine architecture
Clinging to one of the red rock cliffs of Theoule sur Mer, the Palais Bulles was designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag. Fascinated by the Inuit dwellings and those spherical, of the first men, the architect completed the construction of his architectural work of art in 1984. Its original, light, feminine and playful architecture, with a jet-set touch while being close to nature and whose interior evokes a human body, reminded Raf Simons of the inspiration and aesthetic of the house Christian Dior.
The Palais Bulles belongs to Pierre Cardin, the great visionary designer who began his career as first tailor in the workshop of the House Christian Dior. He honored the show with his presence, along with many glamorous celebrities including Marion Cotillard (The Little Prince and Macbeth at Cannes Film Festival), Chiara Mastroiani, Zoë Kravitz and Dakota Fanning (Twilight), who all more or less came to the Festival de Cannes.
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