Monday afternoon, Raf Simons showed his autumn-winter 2014-2015 haute couture collection for the house of Dior in the Musée Rodin gardens in Paris. We bring you a look at the astounding set.
Upon arriving in the gardens of Paris' Musée Rodin, nothing could have hinted at the world that awaited within the immense white amphitheater simply marked with the letters D.I.O.R. Inside, it was if a spaceship had landed in the middle of Paris. Guests took their places on lacquered black Napoleon III chairs set in a circle in the bright space whose walls were carpeted in white orchids sporting violet or yellow pistils, the whole reflected by mirrors to infinity. In this subtle contrast between the silvery futurism of the mirrors and the delicacy of these flowers so beloved of Christian Dior, the guests set off on a voyage punctuated by eight stops, eight worlds, eight eras revisited by Raf Simons' contemporary vision. To the electric riffs of the American rock group Sonic Youth, the models emerged through different sliding doors onto the circular runway, a runway that took on the aspect of a time machine as it showed a succession of looks, many drawn from the past and all projected into the House's future.