Beyond the boundaries of the garden lies new territory for Christian Dior. For Fall/Winter 2015, Raf Simons eschews the manicured polish of past collections in favor of a walk on the wilder side of nature. Through the underbrush, big cats and slithering reptiles pose an unseen threat, but on the Dior runway they are transformed into fanciful creations.
Tame looks opened the show, but Lucite-heeled, liquid-leather boots covered in amorphous neon shapes played an important supporting role. There were slim jacquard frocks with sparkly collars, simple trenches, and cropped suiting to start, before more untamed notions took hold. Colorful furs and separates made from colored leather mesh that resembled reptilian scales were ferocious and startling, as were fox-fur mini dresses that looked like they had been savaged by enormous claws. Abstracted animal prints in fluorescent, tropical shades made rippling interruptions across neutral frocks and figure-hugging jumpsuits. Besides the jumpsuits and mesh looks, shapes were more easeful, even oversized at times, which made the collection a little more democratic and wearable than usual. It was a gorgeous presentation, but hardly revolutionary, although there were moments that were supremely sexy and smart.
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