Dior’s Paris catwalk upstaged by Blenheim Palace coup

The pair are doing a good job. The classic “bar” shape, a whittled waist swelling to a high, exaggerated hip curve, was beautifully executed here on coats in ivory and sky blue. Meanwhile, the modern edge that Simons introduced to the house continues to thrive: the colourful, high-necked knit shirts layered under coats, and the spare, shoulder-baring lines of the cocktail dresses were in synergy with the silhouettes being worn by the audience, which is a good thing.

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