Paris Fashion Week: Dior Spring/Summer 15
Following on from the news of a beautiful new tome about the house's founder, Raf Simons – its ever-so sharp current Belgian designer, has made a new aesthetic signature for Christian Dior. One of the world's most prestigious fashion labels now beats to the drum of something Simons calls "the process of finding something modern through something very historical," and he's pulled off another fine display in doing so, in Paris, this afternoon.
The approach he took, "in the last haute couture collection and show," was referenced in this show's notes, "For this collection I wanted to continue; I thought there was more to explore..."
And the proof of that was in the beautiful pannier skirts that first made an appearance in Paris in July, this time suspended from pristine white T-shirt bodices. There were also 18th century coats worn as waistcoats and over tailored black shorts, and white cotton lengthy waistcoats with zips and broderie anglaise for detail raspberry satin, blue velvet, jet-embroidered black, and white decorated with flowers. Other looks included stretch jersey tank tops attached with tiny buttons to floral jacquard balloon skirts, taffeta 'flight suits' covered in miniature posies.
"I started to think 'what is modern?'" Simons explained. "I wanted to deal with a form language that looks to be almost the opposite of my original inspiration at Dior. It felt more modern to go to the far past, not the 'modernised' look of the last decade."