PARIS — The show did indeed go on at Dior Friday afternoon at Cour Carrée du Louvre despite the departure of its erstwhile creative director Raf Simons more than 134 days ago back in October of last year. The atelier under direction of Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux to put it mildly is sufficiently robust to weather even a great a loss such as Simons’s has posed. What will ultimately be a transitional season as the search for a successor continues most certainly was not in production terms. The ingenious minds at Bureau Betak built a set whose pairs of cylindrical runways spiraled and spiraled until eventually being mirrored to infinity through a reflective wall.  It was a purpose-built space that would not look out of place in the Star Wars universe. The astronomical pretensions were not limited to the set and extended clear on through the casting, which included amongst others nine models across the Next network including Julie Hoomans, Sandra Schmidt, Lineisy Montero, Binx, Wangy, Elizabeth Moore, Vera Van Erp, Ella Wennastrom, and Odette Pavlova. Who will eventually succeeds Simons is anyone’s guess, but the House of Dior in the mean time will carry on.

Credits include: Client, Christian Dior; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Autumn / Winter 2016; Clothing design, Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux and Christian Dior Atelier; Styling, Benjamin Bruno; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Peter Philips; Show direction, Alexandre de Betak; Show production, Bureau Betak; Music direction, Michel Gaubert; Casting, Anita Bitton; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.