The Christian Dior Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection was unveiled during the second day of the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, on July 1, 2013, being actually the third couture line of the talented Dior designer, Raf Simons. For the new haute couture line, the Raf Simons looked to different parts of the globe for inspiration, such as Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, creating something global and exciting, which is both edgy and feminine, sexy and demure at the same time. The Christian Dior Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection represents an interesting multi-cultural game, where you can find both the Dior Geisha girl and the African Tribesman, the elegant European lady and the modern American one.
Talking about the Christian Dior Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection, Simons stated, “The collection evolved to be about Dior not just being about Paris and France but about the rest of the world and how many fashion cultures impact on the house and on myself.”
Besides the complicated sources of inspiration, each of which has so much to tell and bring to the new fashion world, the new Christian Dior Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection also stands out for its relevant simplicity, since Simons decided to break the stereotype of couture fashion this time and replace the high-end luxury designs with more accessible pieces. “The basic idea for me is that I like the idea of freeing up couture,” Simons said before the Dior Couture show. Although this is what haute couture means, the Dior Couture turned into “something that’s supposed to be restrictive and only for special occasions,” Simons said. “I don’t like that. I think that psychologically, emotionally, it can be approached the same way as ready-to-wear: out there for women to enjoy and to wear.…It’s a psychology of how clothes can look in relation to a modern woman and the way she is living her life and experiencing the culture.”
Four of the greatest fashion photographers of the moment, Terry Richardson, Willy Vanderperre, Paolo Roversi and Patrick Demarchelier were there to photograph the Dior models on the background of four different floral walls, and their pictures taken were projected during the show. As Raf Simons said, “It’s about the mind-set and the reinterpretations of creations. Today, I can do that with these photographers. But for me it’s the same with the women. I am fascinated to see how they will react and reinterpret [the looks].”
The entire Christian Dior Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection featured fifty plus looks, which were divided into four capsules, highlighting Parisian savoir-faire, American sportiness, Asian architecture and tradition and African creative decorations. The Eastern inspiration was brought out through re-designed kimonos, while the African motifs could be seen in the color-blocked stripes and statement-making patterns. There were lots of strapless dresses in bright colors, which were tight at the top and textured on the skirts. Embroidered masculine fabrics, African beadwork, graphic dresses with tribal touches, coat-dresses and the Bar jacket were other attributes that spoke about the modernity and creativity of Raf Simons’ impeccable style! Drawing inspiration fro the Christian Dior Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection, you are sure to radiate luxury in a new, totally creative manner!
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