What with Chanel’s street fiesta in Cuba and Louis Vuitton jetting off to Brazil, a fashion house steeped in as much grandeur and history as Dior would of course be no let down for a Cruise 17 extravaganza. However, rather than far-flung reaches, the French mega-brand chose the incredible landscape and interiors of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. With no detail left untouched, the event was truly impressive—even with the as-to-be-expected dreary British weather. Couture houses and oodles of glamorous fashion-seekers can't control the climate either.
The baroque building, which has played host to Dior twice before, provided a stunning and luxurious backdrop to the catwalk, and we had an insider giving us a real behind-the-scenes scoop on all the action. Doina Ciobanu, super-blogger at The Golden Diamonds, allowed us to follow her from the pre-show fitting all the way through to the after-party. What with lashings of gold accessories, a ride on an old-school train (just imagine hopping on the Dior Express for your regular commute!) and copious amounts of sweets, you could call us a little jealous.
Click the gallery to see the whole of Ciobanu's incredible Dior journey from start to bed…
"Fittings at the Dior headquarters to choose my outfits for the Cruise show and after-party."
"It's all about the gold this season—Dior gold."
"Getting ready for the big day with the Dior glam team at the Covent Garden Boutique in London."
"Having fun with Aimee [Song] on the Dior Express."
"Indulging the wine and delicious food on my way to Blenheim Palace."
"Gloomy day, grumpy Doina. But look at that background!"
"The stunning venue for the show."
"Stunning baroque interior of the Blenheim Palace."
"Eva Herzigová making quite an entrance."
"I'm absolutely in love with this silk dress and the little buttons."
"Another one of my favourite looks!"
"Arrived at the after-party and am loving it; they serve candies!"
"Ah these cupcakes!"
"Stole a Dior lollipop at the after-party. Now it's time for bed!"
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