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Christian DiorSpring Summer 2015 Paris

Runway Review
9/26/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

Raf Simons found inspiration in his last Couture collection for Dior when designing the French fashion house's latest wares for Spring. He was determined to put an even newer spin on certain aspects of that assortment due to the brand's clients' appetite for pieces that were steeped in a couture-like mood, as well as the extremely fast pace of fashion in this day and age. The stratagem of those Couture offerings shown in July was the formation of a contemporary and current kind of freshness and originality by way of experimenting with archival concepts: court-ready garb from the 18th century mixed with discordant detailing here and there.

Simons's path and story were very much the same here, though he pared down the looks: suitable for that chasm between over-the-top couture and everyday luxury. The spotlight shined on the silhouettes and shapes - designs can get quite heavy with embellishment and adornment thus he chose to aim all his attention at structure and the actual build of the pieces. Naturally, Christian Dior's iconic architectural flair was infused wherever possible.

The frock coat is always a cornerstone, thus it was reimagined in leather for a truly modern edge, with a silver metallic breast pocket and floral trim for a seasonally appropriate spin, with geometric seaming and exposed buttons for an office-ready twist, and in shiny satin left undone over bermuda shorts and a chunky chain link necklace. Separates felt new and crisp with a simple sleeveless, high-neck blouse and trouser pairing, high-waist pants, flirty mini skirts, and ladylike suiting. There was a delicate and gentle touch to the collection with knee-length A-line dresses complete with nipped-in waists, flowing flower-patterned frocks, printed jumpsuits, and white needlework.

Innovation and new ideas are always on the agenda for Simons and he pushed the brand ahead by taking a glance behind him at its history. There was no denying that there was a calculated and intentional oddity to the assortment: a bizarre and singular mishmash of Dior's past. Strangely enough, at no time did the lineup feel strained or contrived. Instead, all those elements fused together to form a cheerful interpretation of that quintessential Dior elegance with modernity.

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9/26/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

Raf Simons found inspiration in his last Couture collection for Dior when designing the French fashion house's latest wares for Spring. He was determined to put an even newer spin on certain aspects of that assortment due to the brand's clients' appetite for pieces that were steeped in a couture-like mood, as well as the extremely fast pace of fashion in this day and age. The stratagem of those Couture offerings shown in July was the formation of a contemporary and current kind of freshness and originality by way of experimenting with archival concepts: court-ready garb from the 18th century mixed with discordant detailing here and there.

Simons's path and story were very much the same here, though he pared down the looks: suitable for that chasm between over-the-top couture and everyday luxury. The spotlight shined on the silhouettes and shapes - designs can get quite heavy with embellishment and adornment thus he chose to aim all his attention at structure and the actual build of the pieces. Naturally, Christian Dior's iconic architectural flair was infused wherever possible.

The frock coat is always a cornerstone, thus it was reimagined in leather for a truly modern edge, with a silver metallic breast pocket and floral trim for a seasonally appropriate spin, with geometric seaming and exposed buttons for an office-ready twist, and in shiny satin left undone over bermuda shorts and a chunky chain link necklace. Separates felt new and crisp with a simple sleeveless, high-neck blouse and trouser pairing, high-waist pants, flirty mini skirts, and ladylike suiting. There was a delicate and gentle touch to the collection with knee-length A-line dresses complete with nipped-in waists, flowing flower-patterned frocks, printed jumpsuits, and white needlework.

Innovation and new ideas are always on the agenda for Simons and he pushed the brand ahead by taking a glance behind him at its history. There was no denying that there was a calculated and intentional oddity to the assortment: a bizarre and singular mishmash of Dior's past. Strangely enough, at no time did the lineup feel strained or contrived. Instead, all those elements fused together to form a cheerful interpretation of that quintessential Dior elegance with modernity.


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