Dior Cruise 2017: Kiernan Shipka, Bella Hadid, and More Take London
Not content to simply return to a legendary manor where Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent had previously staged presentations for Dior, the label hosted 24 hours of celebration on the occasion of its 2017 Cruise presentation. A cadre of Dior favorites like Kiernan Shipka, Elizabeth Olsen, Kate Mara, Emma Roberts, and Riley Keough populated the "Lady Dior Pub," a pop-up Dior-themed bar inside the Audley Pub in London's Mayfair neighborhood, Monday evening, where bartenders with temporary tattoos and tight Dior tees served up pints of brew. The "pint-sized celebrities," as W Fashion Market and Accessories Director Rickie de Sole explained, boarded a train to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire — the "Diorient Express," adorned with custom linens and wait staff uniforms, that hearkened back to the Galliano era. Though Dior still lacks a singular creative director — the position has been vacant since Raf Simons's departure in October — its latest collection paid homage to the brand's history as posh tastemaker and incubator of talent. (Perhaps all the pomp was an effort to underline the brand's history in lieu of the vacancy; the runway show seems almost secondary to the influx of Instagrams, parties, and celebrity sightings occasioned by the new collection.) Designed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux and with beauty by Peter Phillips, the show was anchored by one Bella Hadid, the new face of Dior makeup and model of the moment. Later in the evening, those same tiny celebrities, all dressed in head-to-toe Dior, returned to London to continue the party. Photographer Steph Wilson was on the scene to document the Dior Cruise 2017 presentation, both behind-the-scenes and on the runway.