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Paris Couture Week: Christian Dior, Bouchra Jarrar

Paris Couture Week kicked off yesterday with a cornucopia of texture and colour from Christian Dior, contrasted by the most deliberate minimalism at Bouchra Jarrar.

Christian Dior presented a parade of colour with floral influences abounding from a huge pansy print silk and net skirt layered under a black bodice to sunflower petal style finishes on sleeves. Fauna influences complemented the flora with layers of feathers on bodices and trims. The emphasis was on high-impact brights in every shade that nature has to offer with a bluebell blue bubble-hem dress featuring huge feathered shoulders and a poppy red pencil skirt teamed with a feather bodice. Ruffles were seen on everything to give an all-over petal effect to skirts and coats.

In stark contrast to the exuberance of John Galliano for Dior, Bouchra Jarrar’s collection stuck to a minimalist aesthetic with slim cuts and clean lines in black, navy and cream. Tunics piped with a contrast colour were teamed with fitted skirts while dresses were flat fronted and sleeveless. The minimalism was emphasised with the smoothest scallop necks and button-less jackets. The monochrome palette was broken only by flashes of gold leather in cutaway panels or trims.

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