Dior show at Paris fashion week is round-the-globe tour

Mon Jul 1, 2013 12:56pm EDT
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By Alexandria Sage

PARIS (Reuters) - Celebrated French fashion house Christian Dior sprung for a luxury jet-set tour of the globe at Paris fashion week on Monday, presenting a cross-continental look at haute couture with a collection inspired by the four corners of the world.

Women from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa were the inspiration for Dior's artistic director, Raf Simons, in his Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Haute Couture show, a collection of over 50 looks that unfolded like a smorgasbord of luxe.

Draped silk dresses in shades of periwinkle and coral, beaded petticoats, sequined columns of high-gloss sequins and bold tribal graphics - all were designed to appeal to the atelier's well-heeled clientele across the globe.

Haute couture is the creme de la creme of the 212 billion euro ($275 billion) global luxury industry. Within that universe, Dior - owned by LVMH, the world's top luxury group by sales and market value - holds a coveted role as the pinnacle of elegance.

"The collection evolved to be about Dior not just being about Paris and France but about the rest of the world and how many fashion cultures impact on the house and on myself," said Simons in the show's liner notes.

Simons tapped into the ultra-feminine classic Dior look with waist-cinching structured herringbone jackets given a modern luster from transparent sequins, but also opted for fluid, relaxed looks whose draping recalled Japanese kimonos.

A standout, presumably inspired by Africa, was a floor-length gown that flared at the bottom in a dark brown and white print reminiscent of a cheetah.

Bold stripes in an array of colors - orange and navy, or turquoise and orange - decorated skirts and jackets in what might have been a nod to jaunty American style, described by Simons as "bold, sporty, dynamic and graphic."   Continued...

A model presents a creation by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his Haute Couture Fall Winter 2013/2014 fashion collection for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris July 1, 2013. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes