Prestige (Singapore) - - FASHION -

Maria Grazia Chi­uri, the newly ap­pointed cre­ative director of Dior, will find plenty to ap­pre­ci­ate about Lu­cie Meier and Serge Ruffieux. The Swiss duo was part of the in­house de­sign team that kept the shows go­ing af­ter the de­par­ture of Raf Si­mons in Oc­to­ber 2015.

Draw­ing on Mon­sieur Dior’s Bar Suit, com­pris­ing hour­glass jacket and full skirt, Meier and Ruffieux fur­ther refined the Dior sen­si­bil­i­ties with their care­free at­ti­tude. By keep­ing the pal­ette to black and white, all eyes were kept on the crafts­man­ship, which showed through the ex­quis­ite cuts, el­e­gant shapes, as well as sculptural gold em­broi­dery that em­bel­lished ev­ery­thing from crepe jack­ets to silk blouses and chif­fon dresses.

Go­ing back to the ba­sics in­ter­est­ingly gave the col­lec­tion an inim­itable youth­ful­ness and wear­a­bil­ity. Dresses and skirts were roomier and friend­lier, with lin­ings of or­ganza to keep the over­all ef­fect lighter and smarter. Jack­ets were also de­lib­er­ately de­con­structed, ei­ther elon­gated or gath­ered for move­ment and moder­nity. High fash­ion re­quires high-oc­tane

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