Ever since Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons was announced as the new designer for Christian Dior three months ago, fashion industry has been waiting to find out:
How does a famed minimalist lead the scented and beribboned house of Christian Dior?
At a grand residence near the Arc de Triomphe monument on July 2, Simons answered that question in the most
elegant way imaginable. A distinguished audience which included designers Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, Christopher Kane, Alber Elbaz and Marc Jacobs, arrived to find the walls and ceilings of the salons carpeted with individual flowers. Only one type of flower in a single colour was used in each room, so that guests stepped through an archway of white orchids into a sea of blue delphiniums.
This was no rustic wilderness: with individual blooms flush against the high walls, the elegant architecture of the salons was emphasised. It was a celebration of femininity, beauty, boldness and elegance — and he said it all with flowers. The flowers were, said the designer, “almost a metaphor for the collection as a whole”.
Once the audience were seated, Simons went back to first principles. The “bar” jacket which formed the backbone of the classic 1947 New Look collection was revived as the base note of this show. The intention was to strip back the bows and ribbons and find the point where clean, architectural looks for which Simons is famous connect with the story of Dior.
“I wanted it to be linked to the codes of Dior, but to have more energy,” Simons said after the show. Donatella Versace lavished praise on the debut. “Before the show, I found it difficult to imagine what Raf would do at Dior... but from the very first look today it made total sense,” she said. Alber Elbaz agreed: “Today was a beautiful marriage between a designer and a house.”
With inputs from The Guardian