Dior’s Paris catwalk upstaged by Blenheim Palace coup

The Blenheim announcement, and the mighty scale of Dior’s Paris show – for which no expense was spared, from the space age tunnelled catwalk housed inside the Louvre, to Kendall Jenner on the catwalk – seemed intended to stress that Dior’s status in the fashion world is undiminished despite the label’s continued lack of a creative director following the unexpected departure of Raf Simons last October. This collection, like January’s haute couture, was designed by Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier, longstanding key members of the Dior design studio.

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