Raf Simons’ deliberate consideration of the fashion zeitgeist yields splendid results on the runway, with the kind of clothes so achingly graceful that they send the viewer into a tailspin of desire. His vision for Dior honors the past, defines the present, and rewrites the future. In this exclusive interview with Savoir Flair, Simons discusses his fascination with what is happening now in fashion, as the industry ramps into overdrive in reaction to online engagement and the burgeoning demands of fast fashion. Rather than falling in line with the status quo, Simons offers a measured response, which is ultimately a reaction against the quick-change, trend-oriented nature of modern fashion.
I felt more like making something with a different kind of sensitivity and purity.
For Spring/Summer 2016, his tender, feminine collection embraces a soft futurism that results in a wardrobe “you can evolve with”. Set against a mind-blowing delphinium mountainside, this Dior collection was not only the highest point of Paris Fashion Week, but a moment in fashion history that will be remembered for many years to come. Couple that with Simons’ romantic notion of slow, purposeful fashion, and you end up with clothes that are romantic equals to the design philosophy they originated from.