Exclusive: Dior Spring Summer 2016 highlights
Raf Simons executes impeccable technique in his futuristic yet romantic collection, accentuating fragility in every piece without sacrificing strength
"I wanted the collection to have a purity to it," Raf said in a press release. "To simplify and concentrate on a line that expressed an idea of femininity, fragility and sensitivity without sacrificing strength and impact; there might be a simplicity in how the collection looks, but it is extremely complex in terms of technique. There are literal layers of the past, from the Victorian-style underwear layered under the transparent bias cut dresses and the Bar jackets and rough knits, but for me it still all feels oddly futuristic and strangely romantic. Like this woman is about to travel through space and time."
Despite the show set being a dome of 400,000 flowers, Raf's vision for the upcoming season wasn't necessarily related to florals.
"For this collection I wanted to look at something rougher and more natural than the garden," he explained. "At the same time, and just as in nature, I wanted to find a new kind of precision, purity and ease. A fragment of what is to come."
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