In a rather large departure from the extravagant sets we have become accustomed to seeing at Dior, this season designer Raf Simons presented his couture collection in an intimate, all-white setting with futuristic curved walls. It is no small coincidence that Simons used a blank canvas on which to present this collection, for the gathering of spectacular looks that came down the runway was, too, a departure from the norm – and for a design feat of this caliber, he probably hoped for the attention to be on the collection and nothing else. Until now, fashion obsessives waiting with baited breath for every move Simons makes have grown to love the other-worldly, elegant aesthetic the famed creative genius has stamped on the Maison since his arrival at Dior. This season, however, he creates a parallel universe wherein his “Dior girl” is taking a walk on the wild side – a side Simons himself has yet to explore. He gives the Dior girl a suggestive new look (again, in a parallel universe from Monsieur Dior’s infamous New Look) through shorter hemlines, sheer layering, and garter-esque heels we’d be more inclined to see on an Alexander Wang runway. Add to the equation mullet dresses, slashed finishings, laser cut-outs, and a questionable array of footwear – think sequined sneakers, black lace-up booties, and stack-heeled penny loafers – and it’s clear Simons is taking aim at and zeroing in on a newly-reimagined couture client. It’s a beautiful sight to behold for the everyday fashion voyeur, particularly a die-hard Simons devotee such as myself, but it remains to be seen whether the actual couture client paying upwards of a hundred thousand dollars per dress will gravitate towards these looks.
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