The following feature appears in the February 2017 issue of NYLON.
After debuting his eponymous fashion line in 1947, Christian Dior designed for only 10 years before his death. Since then, a series of great talents have put their own spin on what Monsieur Dior created, mining the archives time and again to connect the past to the present. It was in this spirit that the label returned, once again, to England to show its resort ’17 collection. Back in 1954, Dior first staged a charity show at Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace and ancestral home of Winston Churchill. Then, in 1958, Yves Saint Laurent, who took over the line following the death of Mr. Dior, showed a collection there as well. Resort ’17, therefore, marks the third collection to take the stage at this storied location. Fittingly, the range echoes English countryside life, especially the tradition of the hunt, as expressed through intricate jacquards and, at times, country florals. Subtle nods to house hallmarks such as the Bar Jacket and signature bow are evident throughout. But make no mistake, this is no trip down memory lane. The clothes feel very youthful and eclectic—equally at home in Blenheim or Brooklyn.