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Brief Published: 1 Jul 2013

Couture A/W 13-14: Christian Dior


Couture season has kicked off in Paris, with luxury French fashion house Christian Dior being one of the first to debut its latest collection, under the direction of Belgian designer Raf Simons.

The 53-piece collection was significantly more modern and directional than previous Dior couture shows, and felt daring and fashion-forward within the realms of the historic discipline of haute couture. While dramatic, floor-length gowns remained, the cuts felt sharp and contemporary, and interesting cutaway shapes, sheer fabrics and textured finishes had a sci-fi quality that commanded attention and captured the imagination. These futuristic details were tempered with Simons’ classic, ladylike vision, with elegant suiting cinched at the waist, luxurious fur coats and strapless gowns offering exceptional beadwork, referencing the golden era of mid-century couture.

However, Simons appeared to be focused on creating a bridge between the old and the new, with an emphasis on colour, texture and shape instantly breathing new life into the discipline of couture. Metallic lips, silvery eyes and slicked-back hair made for a soft, android-inspired beauty look that completed the futuristic approach.