Paris Fashion Week: Dior Autumn/Winter 15
Stepping out of the garden, creative director Raf Simons turned to more raw, primal inspirations for the Autumn/winter 15 Dior collection – the animal kingdom. Drawing on the juxtaposed notions of nature and urbanity, Simons revisited an "early moment" Christian Dior had with animal prints, and injected it with life for the modern-day woman.
Discreetly vampy pieces waltzed down the industrial setting, which featured a girly pink floor and ceilings. Short little black dresses with subtle cut-outs opened the show, complete with pointy mesh collars that provided a raw edge. Second-skin lucite-heel, thigh-high boots gave the appearance of trousers, and wavy stripes and blue-and-red animal patterns peppered the collection.
Simons collaboration with fabric company Kvadrat to create an impressive line-up of coats, including a multi-tone fur standout number. The Dior head honcho also experiemented with fabrication via the bonded leather mesh he developed in two-tone combinations, which hugged the models bodies in all the right places – “Almost,” he said, “like movable snakeskin.”