Stunning, majestic and mysterious, the set for the Raf Simons for Dior spring-summer 2014 ready-to-wear fashion show was an event in itself.
Are those flowers falling from a metallic sky real or imaginary? And the roses, wisteria, lianas and shimmering fluorescent foliage, how much of that plant life is real, how much of it dreamed up? In fact, this whole place, is it dream or reality? The border between these two words seems to have vanished into the foliage of a space suspended outside of time in which nature has reclaimed its rightful reign and Raf Simons' flower-women bloom. In the gardens of the Musée Rodin, amid the century-old statues, man and nature are one, coming together in a dreamy, romantic, lyrical landscape. It's a unique place, with a striking decor whose metallic framework could suggest a ship run aground, swallowed up by the foliage of a new kind of jungle, one filled with tropical cascades of fabric flowers and real plants whose leaves have been painted canary yellow, fuchsia pink, chlorophyll green... "So many things at Dior are linked to nature, and at the same time we're always confronted with the notion that we can't change nature. I wanted to change the very nature of things," Raf Simons explained. The fashion show set couldn't better express the idea behind a collection riffing on the real and the false, on illusion and reality.