Paris Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year. We are featuring few designers from the show in our report.
DIOR’S DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE COUTURE
Raf Simons took his foot off the intellectual pedal for his Christian Dior spring-summer 2014 couture show Monday. The result? One of the best, and most archetypally “couture” collections in seasons.
Layers, transparencies, abstract scoops and elliptical cutouts gave a diaphanous, weightless feel to silhouettes that literally floated by.
See-through paper-like holes provided — very slightly — a hidden, voyeuristic sensuality.
The plain, white cave-like decor, meanwhile, curved to evoke the idealized female form, and subtly echoed this sensuality.
Gone were the ambitious, myriad flower arrangements of previous seasons, as was the bustling garden imagery in the clothes; and in the place of the rainbow color palette was simple white, pastels and dark ink blue.
Simple was the word. But the sign of a master designer is a collection that looks simple, but hides its true complexity.
One looks with as many as five layers of depth was testament to this. The program notes indeed describe this collection as one of the most labor-intensive ever produced.