Chanel took the style set to South Korea, Louis Vuitton staged a California dream in Palm Springs and now Dior has turned its attentions to the South of France. With Cannes Film Festival beginning tomorrow, what better way to kick off the A-list event than with Dior’s Resort show, staged at the spectacular home of legendary fashion designer, Pierre Cardin? Le Palais Bulles (that’s the Bubble House to us) is an extraordinary residence just outside Cannes, which overlooks the Mediterranean with panoramic views, idyllic swimming pools and a 500-seat ampitheatre. What better place for Raf Simons’ Resort creations?
Underneath the clear blue skies, the fash pack had donned their best Dior to take their place on the front row, with everyone from Cressida Bonas to Dakota Fanning in attendance. But, while we were swooning over Marion Cotillard’s glorious ensemble (as usual), we were more concerned with the appearance of Emma Ferrer, the model granddaughter of Audrey Hepburn, no less. Dress in a vibrant red guipure lace shift dress, Emma wore black satin court shoes and carried an embellished clutch.
Her hair swept back in a simple up-do, Emma embodied the old-school glamour of the Riviera perectly. Plus, we can’t help but notice the similarities between her and her grandmother. As the show began, the models drifted through the winding corridors of the Bubble House, emerging alongside the magnificent sea view in abstract tweeds, lurex dresses and abstract prints. The classic Dior ‘Bar’ jacket was referenced heavily in this collection, with nipped-in waists paired with volume in sleeves but with a softer, modern interpretation.
There was a smattering of gingham, too, worn with contrasting check prints, and a hint of sparkle in lurex tank tops. As always, the accessories were among the most covetable of pieces, with pointed, lace-up boots and dreamy handbags to fill our wish lists.
With all the glamour and irresistible luxury now synonymous with Cannes, Dior Resort 2016 was the only way to kick-start the season in the South of France. Culminating in a firework display, Dior’s show managed to evoke the magic of the landscape, promptly making us wish we too were decamping to the French city.
If Dior’s fashion parade has increased your Cannes excitement levels, check out our gallery of the most iconic Riviera moments to satisfy your cravings. And then prepare for the red carpet carnival from tomorrow. We bet the celebs are packing their Dior as we speak…
By Hannah Banks-Walker