The accessories from the fall-winter 2013-2014 haute couture show tell the story of a world tour bursting with color and inspiration. Discover them here in your DiorMag.
It's a travel journal, a collection of influences recorded between today and tomorrow. The show accessories were a reflection of Raf Simons' couture, between reveries of far off lands and explorations of contemporary moods. Daring but devastatingly elegant, gloves, rings, earrings and belts were testaments to the collection's thesis, the liberal expression of a style at the crossroads of cultures. If the classics are there, they've been reinterpreted, revisited with a sense of stylish freedom. The pearl necklace of the Parisienne has the air of a precious ribbon draped around the neck; the scarf in the colors of the American flag knots at the nape to give the Dior woman a cowboy 2.0 allure. Fluorescent-colored tubing, inspired by Masaï adornment, was woven through strings of beads, and between the shoulders chokers created a jewel the shape of cherry blossoms. The multiple, disparate influences mix, merge and harmonize: the belts, wide and sitting on the hips, evoke the elegance of a 1950s Parisienne as much as they do the delicate perfection of an obi sash.
Gloves, short or long, encase limbs with the house's iconic motifs -- houndstooth, Prince of Wales, or the Jungle print -- finishing off a Bar jacket or a midnight blue dress with an allure that could only be Dior, giving a twist to a multicolored fringe dress or a kimono-like coat. The jewelry shows an off-kilter response to the asymmetric cuts and forms of the clothing: earrings that aren't worn as pairs, but one at a time, low boots embellished with a bracelet on one ankle only, colored ring cuffs worn singly. Raf Simons' vocabulary recounts, right down to the accessories.