Dior Haute Couture Fall 2014 Source & Images WWD
Dior Haute Couture Fall 2014: If couture venues are chosen to suit the personality of the designer, it makes sense that Dior shows at the Rodin Museum. The collection that Raf Simons showed on Monday was fascinating in its foundation, and often beautifully rendered. “This collection is very historically inspired,” Simons said in a preview backstage. “It felt like a challenge to look further back in history and see how I could modernize certain aesthetics. That is my constant drive, to make it younger and make it relevant to women in their lives today. Always, to be modern.” So, too, was the mesmerizing set: a pristine, round pavilion, its mirrored walls covered in thousands of densely packed white orchids.
The Dior Show featured eight distinct sections, some seemingly unrelated but in fact linked by Simons’ manipulation of past concepts into modern chic. The first inspiration: constricting 18th-century courtly costume that corseted women and fancified men. Simons interpreted the Robe à la Française, a structured bodice with massive side-to-side volume in the skirt, with outward subtlety — from an old pretty dress sprung a series of new pretty dresses. Yet underneath, he shunned that critical foundation of both the 18th century and current couture, the corset. These charmed in white, silver, barely there green and blue jacquards, their exquisite embroideries applied with smart restraint.