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The new look Raf Simons is building for Dior is the most modern, fresh and "oh so wearable" thing ever. And yes, that also applies to the way his creative mind thinks about 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 does have a point, right?
A white floor inside a circular room filled with pure white orchids, at the Rodin Museum in Paris was the perfect set for an incredible time travel "à la Dior". The creative director wanted to perceive how different styles influence each other, age after age. And he did it. With his signature architectural lines and romantic minimalistic touch, he presented 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 miniskirts were asking to be taken into the streets. Loose and frilly flapper dresses showed up as gorgeous cocktail attire. No doubt Raf Simons conducted his couture orchestra brilliantly, back and forth through the centuries.
The fabrics colors 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, delicate embroideries and subtle shapes. The model's soft, effortless look lifted every single outfit to a heavenly cloud of ease and modernity.