PFW SS16: Christian Dior
Raf Simons has been hard at work. Rebuilding an identity for a house as storied as Christian Dior is no mean feat but Mr Simons' immense respect for the maison's cornerstones coupled with his own clarity of vision has been nothing short of remarkable. In his latest endeavour (S/S'16 being his 20th collection for Dior), Simons directed his focus toward "purity and precison" and redefining wardrobe basics—a retaliation to the over embellished and overly exposed. Scalloped edges, layers of organza and pleats a-plenty was Simons' version of paring back; the lightness of the clothes like the gentlest breeze atop a mountain of more than 400,000 delphiniums. The vast flower fields harkened back to Simons' own debut for Dior's Haute Couture Fall 2012 show where orchids, mimosas, delphiniums and a range of other flowers lined the salon walls from floor to ceiling. Perhaps as a further nod to his own triumphs for the brand, Simons took his bow in a Sterling Ruby shirt, a friend and artist whose paintings were translated into textiles for his inaugural couture show. It was a fitting tribute to Simons' wonderful journey with Dior; a journey we hope is only just beginning.