Following his hit Pre-Fall 2015-16 show for Dior in Tokyo, Belgian designer Raf Simons delivers another influencer collection for Spring/Summer 2015 couture, showcasing 1960s psychedelia peppered with retro futurism.
Strong for print, material and colour direction, the Dior collection was inspired by British music and fashion icon David Bowie. Bodysuits in showstopping prints reminiscent of 1960s-era Italian fashion house Pucci stole the show, while strips of multicoloured ribbon running through pleated flared dresses continue the stripe trend we saw emerge from the S/S 15 shows.
Confident colours – think pillar-box red, lavender and chocolate brown – came through thigh-high and ankle boots in oil-slick vinyl, offsetting embellished shift dresses and flared midi gowns, offering strong direction for accessories as well as footwear.
Plastic, an unconventional material for couture, was utilised by Simons in transparent opera coats printed with florals and botanicals – sure to be influential for outerwear and modernising couture for the luxury millennial consumer.
With make-up kept intentionally sparse, attention was focused on hair styling. Slicked back tight at the base of the crown, hair was tied into a streamlined loop and attached to a circular metal fitting. Extensions completed the chain-link ponytail in a nod to retro futurism.