Dior holds French royal court in Death Star for Paris show

Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:45pm EDT
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By Alexandria Sage

PARIS (Reuters) - An enormous mirrored cube inside the courtyard of the Louvre museum greeted guests to the Dior fashion show on Friday, providing a glittery reflection of the surrounding Renaissance walls constructed by King Francis I.

The clash between the ultra modern and the old-world monarchy appeared to be precisely what Dior creative director Raf Simons was intending in his Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection, which incorporated a time travel theme.

In the show notes, the Belgian designer explained that the mostly-white array of dresses and coats incorporated French royal court attire with "uniforms of pilots and astronauts, even school girls and skaters".

That's a lot of ideas in one mere show of 50 pieces, but Simons appeared unconcerned by the pesky restraints of cohesion.

"Eschewing strict historical accuracy and embracing an amalgamation in the imagination," the show was intended to provide a new take on modernity, he said.

Simons, appointed head designer in 2012 to replace John Galliano, said the challenge was to bring "the attitude of contemporary reality to something very historical."

That meant 18th century hooped silk skirts paired with skin-tight black T-shirt bodices, or the delicate floral prints usually seen on bathroom wallpaper used in jackets and pantsuits.

Guests, including Dakota Fanning and former supermodel and ex-First Lady of France Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, sat around a series of circular runways lit from below that would have felt right at home on the Star Wars' Death Star.   Continued...

A model presents a creation by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his Spring/Summer 2015 women's ready-to-wear collection for French fashion house Christian Dior during Paris Fashion Week September 26, 2014.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes