Back to the Future
The gardens of the Musée Rodin Paris made for a perfect backdrop as the spaceship-looking Dior enclosure conjured an eclectic mix of timeless fashion. Inside, a white-washed auditorium was covered in mirrored walls and dotted with orchid flowers. Raf Simons orchestrated an intersection of the classic and contemporary, which was clearly depicted in Dior’s Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014-2015 collection. Punctuated by eight stops, eight eras were re-visted by Simons as the past converged with the present while also giving us a glimpse into the future. Walking to the beats of American rock group Sonic Youth, models emerged through different sliding doors onto the circular ramp, much like a time machine projecting the House’s future. The 18th century was depicted through silk jacquard pannier dresses moving slowly into Edwardian coats blessed with newer colour palettes. Court bodices transformed into mini-skirts, while evening coats and embroidered dresses were reinterpreted and given a touch of modernity. What caught our fancy were models strutting in zippered pilot suits, perfectly complementing the spaceship atmosphere and reminding us of couture-ready astronauts.