This is the kind of collection that sets fashion diehards’ hearts aflutter. Raf Simons touched on multiple decades with this collection from the du moment eras of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, but per usual, Simons’ version had a stroke of genius to it. The inspiration this season? David Bowie, as the designer told Style.com. You could see it in the very lustworthy vinyl boots that came in tangerine, lavender, chestnut brown, cherry red, key lime green, and so on. They came as booties and as ultra thigh-highs. The same goes for the wildly printed skin tight onesies.
It was a trip into the past as well as the future. There were plastic floral printed ’50s-style coats worn over embellished ’60s mod dresses and tightly-pleated white skirts with colorful ribbon stripes that sometimes flared out like exaggerated poodle skirts. A plastic-topped dress as well as a white crop top and matching skirt worn over a periwinkle-printed onesie leotard brought to mind Judy Jetson. There were disco-inspired striped sequin jumpsuits that are ready for the stage. Plus, the guipure lace and beading on several garments was out of this world. Simons is a master with color and seems to have laid claim to certain color combinations that have become inherently Dior. The collection was wearable, cool, beautiful, interesting and had an all-around je ne sais quoi brilliance that should have Dior’s Couture clients anxious for their first fittings.