On October 2nd, 2015 Raf Simons presented his SS16 collection for Christian Dior, a collection that blended romance and futurism. Raf left nothing unconsidered, the clothes were precise and sensual but with a futuristic edge like always. The location was something new for him, not just a simple, tipical garden with a runway in the middle of it. The show was held at the Louvre’s Cour Carrée. A hill was made at the center of it covered with 400,000 delphiniums.
Dior’s SS16 location
Colliding fractions from the past with today’s modern style, Raf formed a clean, new and softer version of all that Dior’s house has attained in decades. “I wanted the collection to have a purity to it,” says Raf Simons. “To simplify and concentrate on a line that expressed an idea of femininity, fragility and sensitivity without sacrificing strength and impact; there might be a simplicity in how the collection looks, but it is extremely complex in terms of technique. There are literal layers of the past, from the Victorian-style underwear layered under the transparent bias cut dresses and the Bar jackets and rough knits, but for me it still all feels oddly futuristic and strangely romantic. Like this woman is about to travel through space and time.”
The accessories at the SS16 show were very feminine, carefully selected because they were actually making a statement regarding the house’s heritage. The charms that hung from necklaces had numbers ’47’ and ‘1947’ on them, referencing the year that Christian Dior showed his New Look, a revolutionary step for fashion at that time. They also held the number ‘8’ symbolizing the 8th October of 1946, the day that the house was born. A big, relevant number for Dior.
Although the collection looked really simple and clean, we can see that it has been made with a lot of thought and tendance and actually showing how much the house is still influenced with it’s past. It is a beautiful,bold collection with timeless elements that will literally sell itself.
Napisala: Arianna Hubak