|Paris Haute Couture FW 14/15 - Christian Dior (vogue.fr)|
I can't stop loving the new look Raf Simons is building for Dior. I just can't. It's modern, fresh and oh so wearable... Yes, even Haute Couture. Mr. Simons believes luxury lies in actually wearing beautifully made high quality garments on a daily basis, instead of going bankrupt for a gorgeous ball gown that will be worn once in a lifetime. He has a point, right?
A white floor inside a circular room filled with pure white orchids, at the Rodin Museum (Paris), was the perfect set for an incredible time travel a la Dior. The creative director wanted to perceive how different styles influenced each other age after age. And he did it, with his signature architectural lines and romantic minimalistic touch, presenting the audience with exquisite works of wearable art.
The show started with beautifully sculpted, Marie Antoinette inspired, evening dresses, with a shape much similar to the orchids hanging all around. Then, some silky parachute dresses and jumpsuits brought in a dash of the space age. Slender, austere Edwardian coats created infinitely long silhouettes. Court embroidered coats over total black ensembles and tiny bustiers over silky mini skirts. Loose and frilly flapper dresses. No doubt Raf Simons conducted his couture orchestra brilliantly, back and forward through the centuries.
The fabrics colours and prints were precious and the volumes, big and razor cut or slim and long, looked incredibly balanced. As the show progressed, the orchids kept showing their influence in prints, delicayte embroideries and subtle shapes. The models soft, effortless look lifted every single outfit to a heavenly cloud of ease and modernity.