Dior Goes Aquatic

For those of you who might not know because you’re actually spending time on important things like family and work: the couture shows are happening in Paris right now. Truthfully, to me, the couture shows are not as exciting as the ready-to-wear collections because the couture is not, well, ready to wear. While couture is a veritable art form, I prefer to ogle clothing that I can actually envision on ourselves.

In their couture show, the Dior house presented the most wearable item perhaps ever seen on a couture runway. Wearable in the same way fanny packs are wearable: you shouldn’t wear them but many people still do. Along with the usual head-spinning elegance and romantic dresses, lavender bows and black leather pumps, were aquatic sneakers. That’s right, aquatic sneakers.

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You know, the kind you had to wear to swim in the lake at camp as a kid. Or the kind they recommend you wear for white water rafting even as an adult. The strange Dior couture sneakers looked like black slip-ons with white rubber soles. While kind of taken aback by, frankly, their heinousness, we had to smile. Really, that’s what couture is about: expecting the unexpected and no one batting an eye when a model walks down the runway in aquatic sneakers. What’s next? A fanny pack? Oh wait, that already happened.

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