Behind the scenes
You can count on the Dior Homme show for a fashion week experience that serves up a hefty slice of clarity. Amidst the spectacles that pile up both during and outside the front of the myriad shows, presentations, re-sees and events, it’s an hour of clear vision consistent from invitation to soundtrack, the set and the clothes themselves. Even better when a house has the foresight to film the whole physical process, which Dior Homme has done for SS16.
Backstage at Dior Homme SS16. Photography Alexandre Sallé de Chou
In Paris, we found ourselves seated around 2,000 Fée de Neiges rose bushes forming a garden the Queen of Hearts would bat her eyelashes at. Etienne Russo of Brussels based production company Villa Eugénie was brought on to oversee the project, installing sixteen triangular parterres which, when filled with the flowers, created a kind of labyrinth made infinite by a mammoth mirror cast across the back wall. The finished product was mega and you’d hope so – the set took Russo’s crew five whole days to construct.
What we got here was a crisp departure from last season’s dark mood (complete with a full orchestra seated single file down the length of the runway), a dramatic and poetic reflection of Monsieur Dior’s passion for flowers, and the ultimate in Spring appropriate set design.
Holistic stuff, sit back front row and watch it in motion.