Raf Simons’ Retro Pop Futurism Melting Pot for Dior Couture SS15
We take a look at the Christian Dior Paris Haute Couture fashion show for spring/summer 2015.
The show was held inside a purpose-built structure in the gardens of the historic Musée Rodin and decked out with white scaffolding, mirrors and plush retro pink carpet. The collection was designed by Raf Simons who has now been working for Dior for almost 3 years, who cited his inspiration as the idea of people in the past looking towards the future.
It was a fun and sometimes discordant mix of styles and decades as obvious 1960s and 1970s influences saw beaded shift mini dresses, go-go boots and skin tight patterned body suits mixed in amongst more conservative full-skirted floaty feminine gowns, transparent printed vinyl raincoats and horizontally striped sets. The trippy psychedelic patterns co-ordinated with bold acid yellow and burnt orange hues amongst a much wider palette where almost anything goes.
The collection saw a bold use of various prints and patterns from geometric shapes and stripes to more abstract swirls. The accessories and styling were a popular talking point including brightly colored vinyl boots with see through heels and striking hairstyling which involved separate ponytails connected back together to the head with metal and plastic links, a concept repeated in some of the garments with skirts hanging from disconnected links and hoops.