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Welcoming his guests to a décor recreating the 30, avenue Montaigne address, Raf Simons re-established the very essence of haute couture. That of the era of Christian Dior when the couturier would receive his clients in the salons of his house. A return to the strictest sense of couture, to its creative process drawing on the personality of every client and that of the designer. It is therefore a "Dior confronted with the whole world", drawing inspiration from and aimed at "haute couture clients from different continents and different coutures", that Raf Simons designs this season. He therefore reaffirms the close ties that Christian Dior had already created in his day, between his Paris home and the rest of the world. The couturier was a globe trotter at heart, enjoying travel in Europe, the United States, Russia and Brazil to meet his elegant clients. All these destinations served to construct the history of Dior and still today continue to breathe life into Raf Simons' creations. On the catwalk, influences are blended and reinvented: the pleats and drapes of silk evening dresses evoke both Christian Dior's love for these techniques and the aesthetics of Asian garments.
Motifs borrowed from masculine fabrics, houndstooth check and Glen plaid (that Monsieur Dior so loved) are seen in XXL version, embroidered on woollen dresses. Cannage – a crossing of horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines – has been Dior's iconic motif since 1953 and is reinterpreted in silk embroidery on a silk dress. The precise and delicate result appears as fine as woven straw. The Jungle print, a key Dior motif influenced by the muse Mitzah Bricard, is applied all over a silk evening gown, on long gloves stretching above the elbows, and on a scarf tied in the hollow of the neck. The legendary Bar jacket continues to inspire Raf Simons, season after season: for Autumn-Winter 2013-2014 it comes in bustier version, worn over a skirt with a slit. It opens its corolla into two superimposed basques, modernising the woollen skirt suit. In the hands of the artistic director for women's collections, the timeless Dior icons are renewed infinitely.