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Christian Dior AW15 at Paris Fashion Week Credit: Getty

Christian Dior AW15


If the couture show in January 2015 was anything to go by, Autumn/Winter 2015 at the famed French fashion house was going to be darker and more haunted than the offerings of seasons past. Designer Raf Simons revealed his intent to "deal with nature and femininity in a different way. Away from the garden and the flower, to something more liberated, darker." The result was a tough line-up that saw Simons' deftness with menswear and tailoring shine through. Black mini dresses came with cut-outs at the neck and asymmetric hemlines. Layered over vinyl boots in camouflage prints they looked super-sleek. Oversized tailored coats came above knitted jacquard bodysuits in abstract animal prints. Tweed skirts ended in panel-fringed hems and apron dresses with the same hemlines topped crisp, jewel-collared white shirts. Coats made from Canadian fox fur were dyed in shades of green and yellow and tailored suits were cropped at the leg and teamed with patent go-go boots. All in all, this was an updated version of the house's key styles from the Forties (tweed suits, animal prints, waisted dresses), which is a journey that Simons has been evolving since he took over at the helm.

Who we saw: Kanye West, Lorde and Olivia Palermo.

What they wore: A signature hoodie for Kanye, head-to-toe black for Lorde and a sparkly jacket for Olivia.

In a nutshell: Camouflage patterns and abstract animal prints for a new kind of warrior woman.

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