Tonight, Raf Simons sent out his first ever staged pre-fall collection for Dior in front of more than 1400 guests, including such names as Hailee Steinfeld and Audrey Tautou. Tokyo’s Kokugikan was the location of the presentation of the ultimately drop-dead gorgeous, futuristic Christian Dior pre-fall 2015 collection, which carried “Blade Runner” inspiration notes and veered towards the bright future like almost all of Simons’ creations always do. This is the third consecutive collection of the designer, where he shows his great interest in space sending out outfits carrying astronautical and military influences and looking simply out-of-this-world!
The location of the staged Dior presentation wasn’t by chance, since Japan has always played a great role in the history of the fashion house. Back in the fifties Christian Dior created a collection using fabrics from Kyoto’s famous Tatsumura workshop, and it was around that time that Dior couture pieces started selling at Japanese department store Daimaru. Moreover, the Japanese were Simons’ first customers for his iconic menswear line in the ‘90s, and as Raf himself notes, “It’s a sublime city to be in. From a fashion point of view, they take so much liberty to express themselves.” Besides, Tokyo has always been famous as a city of luxury and the Japanese can’t have enough of today’s high-end fashion.
In spite of this, the Christian Dior pre-fall 2015 collection carried no Japanese influences and we saw not a single kimono or obi on the runway. It was a highly diverse and one-of-a-kind collection with strong futuristic notes, which at times looked glamorous and elegant, at times felt a bit “ugly” and sometimes even went military and rough. “I tried to imagine a woman who was very much into the language of Dior,” Simons explained, “but she also has her garden, and she has her boyfriend with a motorcycle in the city, or she’s with her kids by the sea, or out with her dogs.”
On the whole, it was a line to love to bits and how can one not crave for those chic outerwear pieces and the sparkling sequined second-skin turtlenecks that were layered with the majority of the looks for a futuristic edge? Generally, outerwear played an important role throughout the collection appearing in new shapes and using new unexpected fabrics, and always looking divine. There were tons of full Bar coats, darkly colored lacquered robe resembling raincoats, zip-up leather and luxurious fur coats and vests that devoted fans of the classic and feminine style would rush to invest in.
In a nod towards the Japanese youth, other models resembled schoolgirls in plaid mini dresses matched with flat boots. Wide-leg tailored trousers, knitted vests, flowing sequined dresses, sleeveless Bar dresses, sweater-dresses and Fair Isle sweaters were other pieces that made the crowd swoon as the models were passing by. And, of course, we couldn’t but be hooked on the array of platform leather boots in different shades, glamorous rings and the iconic Dior bags, let alone the futuristic makeup of the models and the childish braids they sported.
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