On a Wednesday morning, Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow, Jeanne Damas, Sonya Esman and a number of other boldface names found themselves on board the Dior Express, a train carriage specially kitted out for the occasion in the House’s signature colors. The destination: the south of France, or more precisely Arles, the scene each year of one of the most important events in the world of photography. Upon arrival, the House’s guests gathered in the Grande Halle, one of the city’s most emblematic buildings, with its ironwork façade, to attend a preview performance by the L.A. Dance Project, the collective founded by the celebrated dancer Benjamin Millepied. The afternoon continued with another cultural event, a visit to the exhibition Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years 1970-1983 / Archives Project #1, organized by the LUMA Foundation’s photo archives programme, of which Dior is a sponsor. And a few kilometers away, surrounded by nature, was where the day ended, to the sound of guitars at a dinner at La Chassagnette, a Michelin-starred restaurant that sources its organic ingredients from its own garden. The French blogger Adenorah, J’adior slingbacks on her feet, visited the crop patch, while a laughing Winnie Harlow posed in front of the stone fountain.
The following day, after a morning spent strolling around the exhibitions or discovering the charming old town, the guests joined Annie Leibovitz at a lunch organized by the LUMA Foundation and Dior in a Camargue villa surrounded by greenery. The trip to Arles came to an end with the opening event for the exhibition Dior: The Art of Color. After a photocall session, Peter Philips, Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow, Louise Follain, and all the other House friends discovered the expressionist-accented films of Serge Lutens, the sensual aesthetic of Tyen’s photographs, and the visual homages to color orchestrated by Richard Burbridge and Peter Philips.