Raf Simons hosted Dior’s AW14 high profile catwalk show at the Musée Rodin during Paris Fashion Week. His collection followed the theme of City Lights which showcased strong and determined women living a fast paced urban life.
The silhouettes in the Dior AW14 collection celebrated urban structures and combined essential ingredients from both masculine and feminine tailoring for a real fusion of today’s working woman in the city. Garments in strong, bright solid colours such as pink, burgundy, green, yellow and fuschia were combined with classics such as blacks, navy and camels in a variety of garments.
As always, the interesting thing about Simons’ work at Dior is the way he plays with the boundaries between haute couture and prêt-à-porter, particularly with his innate fusion of the masculine and the feminine. Double-breasted masculine-inspired jackets interfuse with almost full skirts, perhaps the most feminine cut of skirt imaginable. Building on the force of colour and florals that dominated SS2014, Simons’ vision for Dior AW2014 brings bold swaths of colour counterbalanced by long lines of blacks and neutrals.
There was heavy emphasis on jackets and dresses, jackets mostly double breasted in cashmere and wool, and the dresses in wools and silks in daytime and evening cuts.
by Cynthia Gregoire
All catwalk photos courtesy of Dior