Raf Simons likes flowers, as we know from the film Dior And I, but no one was expecting the mountain of delphiniums that was erected over the tent where the Spring/Summer 2016 Dior show was held. The message was of femininity, but in true Raf style, there was a powerful strength behind his collection.
"I wanted the collection to have a purity to it," said the designer. "To simplify and concentrate on a line that expressed an idea of femininity, fragility and sensitivity without sacrificing strength and impact: there might be simplicity in how the collection looks, but it is extremely complex in terms of technique."
Cue starchy white shorts and skirts with scalloped hems topped by the Dior signature wasp-waisted black blazers. When they weren't curvy, jackets adopted a military shape and came over sinuous, bias-cut dresses while pastel gowns featured alternating thick stripes of duchesse satin and transparent organza. Cropped Shetland knits came in sculpted shapes and were used as layering pieces over delicate cotton chemises. Chic as ever, it was the perfect balance of masculinity and femininity.
"Arriving at Dior amidst a forest of delphiniums set the stage for a very chic show, and Raf didn't disappoint. The tailoring that we have seen over the last few seasons evolved into stunningly wearable blazers and coats, some with his signature colour blocking, paired with lingerie-like underpinnings. Accessories were a highlight, with new shapes coming out with nearly every exit. A highlight of the season thus far for sure," said Helen David, Harrods Chief Merchant, of the show.