Paris Haute Couture SS15: Christian Dior

Paris Haute Couture SS15: Christian Dior

Raf Simons' retro revolution...

Yesterday in Paris, Dior's couturier took the French fashion house to new fashionable heights as he presented a mélange retro-inspired looks on a trippy, other-worldly scaffolded runway built atop a pretty pink carpet reflected by a mirrored ceiling – welcome to the Raf Simons twilight zone...

Inspired by the medium of music, with a focus on David Bowie, Raf Simons drew on sartorial references from the '50s, '60s and '70s unveiling a Christian Dior Haute Couture collection that was a modern infusion of Ziggy Stardust sparkle and Rebel Rebel graphics.

Known for his futuristic eye, Simons reinvented elements from the different retro eras for Spring/Summer 15, as romance, experimentation and a new sense of freedom was seen in the new Christian Dior looks.

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As models walked to a David Bowie soundtrack through the tiered scaffold runway, looks went from 1950's larger-than-life skirts with lush detailing and 1960's takes on Paco Rabanne silhouettes to 1970's cat suits (cut to the British musician), each with a sense of modern-day animation.

There were plastic fabrics with cherry blossom prints seen in the shape of jackets, psychedelic catsuits, and a handful of beautiful embroideries splashed on mini dresses and strapless playsuits.

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Clashing or matching, each piece featured a type of decoration, from beaded flowers, pastel pleats to a sprinkling of sequins. While everything was shown with bright orange, green, blue or red latex boots, which brought a present-day presence to the lineup's more romantic silhouettes – footwear the woman of today and Mr. Bowie would wear. 

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