Discover Raf Simons' inspirations for his fall-winter 2014-2015 ready-to-wear collection, halfway between homage to Christian Dior's legacy and streetwear references.
Each detail of the collection is a manifesto of modernity, each garment, by revisiting the legacy of Christian Dior in a contemporary world, is a daring surprise. First of all, there's the anglomania of the founding couturier, a great lover of the sharp tailoring of Savile Row, which served to inspire Raf Simons in the double-breasted pinstripe flannel suits, the cashmere frock coats, and men's shirts worn as dresses. Revisited in striking colors, teamed with feminine accessories, these building blocks of the male wardrobe sketch out the silhouette of a powerful woman, at once business woman and sensual seductress. From look to look, sports blazer to stiletto-sneakers, shirtdress to handbags with a briefcase vibe,
Raf Simons has defined a Dior woman of multiple identities, energetically slipping from one role to another. Active in a day suit, glamorous in a cocktail dress, she embodies the House's timeless elegance. But the Dior codes also prove amenable to an injection of the street: the waist of the Bar jackets is accentuated by lacing taken directly from sportswear, classic pumps rise from colorful sporty soles, and the cocktail dresses, whose necklines recall ones Christian Dior designed in the 1950s, are set off by graphic cut-outs and bright colors, evoking the superposing inherent to streetwear.