At the recent Paris Fashion Week, Simons presented his latest offerings for the upcoming spring/summer to a retinue of fashion journalists and editors, top style makers and Dior arbiters who flew from all corners of the world.
In a way, it can be summed as an experimentation of altering Dior’s fashion through the celebration of artificial and the real.
“I wanted a sense this season of a particular group of women, a distinct new tribe, a sophisticated and savage at the same time,” Says Raf Simons on the collection. “I wanted to feel that you wouldn’t know quite where these women were coming from and where they were going to, that they exist in a new place of change and possibility.”
More cut-out application can be seen on the shoulder and back areas of the shirtdress and front-gathered shirt dress worn with black silk top.
Furthermore, Simons also divided the collection into three categories with each category represents distinctive façade of his Dior woman interpretation: Traveller for women with the tendency of exploring; Transformer for women with transformable personal styles; and Transporter for women who dare to leap over the conventional style boundaries.
“This collection is the idea of twisting, turning and pushing Dior, where the lyrically romantic becomes dangerous; a beautiful rose garden becomes poisonous,” explains Simons.
“So much around Dior is about nature and there is the idea that you can’t change nature. But I wanted to change the very nature of things; that fashion exists as a place of possibility, risk and change,” Simons further adds.
Yet, global trendsetters will be thrilled to settle down for the statement making printed dresses doused with bold texts from the Transporter category.
Classic concepts of clothing are genetically modified, their DNA spliced or dissected to form new silhouettes. The Dior's classic and certainly must-have “Bar” jacket is cut at the waist; skirts and shorts are cross-pollinated; pleating is used extensively and architecturally to evoke new forms; knits are made feather light, yet strictly structured.
There are also two-piece looks that are perfect to be worn, just to linger by the poolside or the beach while basking under the summer sun.
As the late Monsieur Dior was known as the inventor of what is known today as "The New Look", Simons also introduced a new silhouette concept in the new collection, known as the “bourglass” silhouette.
A slew of accessories such as slouchy handbags in exotic snakeskins, pointed-toe sling backs, and metallic grainy necklace fashioned like a wreath of gleaming berries complement the spring/summer looks.
*Photos courtesy of Dior