Raf Simons goes psychedelic at Christian Dior haute couture

Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:19pm EST
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By Astrid Wendlandt

PARIS (Reuters) - Christian Dior went psychedelic on Monday, kicking off the first full day of Haute Couture week in Paris with a collection mixing styles, prints and fabrics reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s.

Raf Simons, the French brand's designer for nearly three years, said he was inspired by "the romance of a near past, when space-age and mind-expanding ideas of a future felt full of possibilities for society, pop culture and fashion".

Wearing ultra-mini skirts, transparent printed plastic capes and tattoo body suits, models strutted to David Bowie's 1972 Ziggy Stardust album in a room decked with white scaffolding and mirrors.

Striking silhouettes included a flashy silver-sequined, tight-fitting bodysuit worn with lilac-colored, low-cut boots, and corolla-shaped romantic white dresses with flashy blue or yellow, knee-high, vinyl boots.

Critics said this new Dior couture collection cemented the view that Simons was making his mark at the fashion house with his original shoe designs with a particular focus on heels.

This collection included boots with an empty rectangle shape of a heel with glittering crystals on the bottom. Previously, stilettos featured a slightly curving heel and pumps had plastic soles like running shoes.

Christian Dior is one of the biggest fashion brands owned by LVMH.


A model presents a creation by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris January 26, 2015.    REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes