Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2015

Vinyl thigh-high boots aren’t usually the first visual that comes to mind when one thinks of Christian Dior Haute Couture, but with designer Raf Simons’ limitless imagination at work, predictable is one thing Dior certainly is not. In his latest collection for the venerable French maison, Simons has conjured a new breed of couture for women who embrace modernity and stride steadily towards the future. While the silhouettes presented at the show on Monday often referenced a classic mode of dressing (think shapes as iconic as 1950s tea length skirts, 1960s mini shifts and timeless overcoats), the materials chosen and colors used were unquestionably fresh and so much less madame than the clothes one so often sees at the Paris couture.

An experiment in textures and transparency, the looks were a daring mélange of printed plastic, vinyl, embroideries, pleats and guipure – some brilliantly embellished with metallic accents, others blatantly subversive in their simplistic restraint. The designs were presented against a jaw-dropping set of glossy white scaffolding, powder pink carpeting and mirrored ceilings, which served to underline and multiply Raf Simons’ fearless vision for Dior and the gutsy joy that vibrated throughout the collection.

About the Author

A fashion stylist, event designer, and style writer, Lucas Somoza has a keen eye for all things beautiful. Based in Paris, Lucas regularly collaborates with Olivia throughout Paris Fashion Week, producing editorials and contributing reviews of designer collections. You can follow Lucas on Instagram at @LucasSomoza.