It all started on Mount Street in the upmarket Mayfair district of Westminster in London. Also the neighbourhood to Oscar de la Renta, Celine and Delfina Delettrez, Dior set it’s opening scene at the Audley corner pub, transforming the interiors and exteriors of the bar into The Lady Dior, one-night-only pop-up bar.
THE PRE-SHOW DRINKS
Just one day after Louis Vuitton showed it’s Cruise collection in Rio De Janeiro, Dior ensured no detail was left unturned. Hedges, coasters, glasses, barmen tattoos and mirrors all bore the Lady Dior logo – the curved silhouette of the Dior woman wearing it’s famous 1947 wasp-waisted bar jacket, made to wear at cocktail hour at hotels decades ago. Even a couple of door down, Scott’s restaurant is adorned with Dior Lady Bar suit topiaries (visit it until June 13) to celebrate the House of Dior boutique on New Bond Street.
In attendance was British actress Kate Beckinsale. Currently making headlines for exposing her Pearl Harbour director, Michael Bay, as saying she was cast in the film because she “wasn’t too pretty”, she was (understandably) front of the bar queue.
Guests were then transported to Oxfordshire via an ornate train dubbed “The Dior Express” where high tea was served, Riley Keough, Elizabeth Olsen, Juno Temple (who took her mum as her date), Kiernan Shipka, Alexa Chung and Emma Roberts all instgramming their regal ride.
Steaming into Oxfordshire station, guests were transported in Dior-branded London cabs to Blenheim Palace – once home to Winston Churchill and The Duchess of Marlborough Princess Margaret. Dior clad bellboys – tattoo-less this time – greeted showgoers and toured them through an archive of Dior pieces shown in 1954 and 1958 – the two years Dior showed at the palace.
THE FRONT ROW
Riley Keough, The Weeknd (there to support his girlfriend Bella Hadid who was walking in show), Kate Mara, Elizabeth Olsen, Kiernan Shipka, Emma Roberts, Eva Herzigova and our favourite Alexa Chung were all front row to see the collection designed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, the first show since Raf Simmon’s departure from the fashion house in October 2015.
Special mention to the catering company, one of Australian blogger Margaret Zhang’s favourite parts of the Dior experience.
THE AFTER PARTY
The night wasn’t over though. Partying a second night, the after party took place back in Mayfair, this time at Lou’s Lou’s on Hertford Street. CC Kate Beckinsale.