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Christian Dior Fall 2014 Couture

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It was an A-list high-fashion supernova at the Christian Dior Fall 2014 Couture show in Paris on Monday, July 7. The swanky runway show held near the Musée Rodin brought out a bevy of gorgeous celebrities—most of them clad in the label, naturally, who sat front row to take in this season’s offerings.

Photo: Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com

Raf Simons is not a designer obsessed with the past. He leaves the decade-hopping to his peers, preferring instead to look ahead. And yet his latest Couture collection for Dior—his most completely realized to date, as beautiful as his debut of two years ago, if not as audacious as his continent-spanning collection from last July—found him looking back. Not at one specific era, but rather at many. Simons was curious, the program notes explained, about the way different time periods informed and influenced subsequent ones.

Photo: Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com

The show was divided into eight groups, hopping not decades but centuries—for example, from the Marie Antoinette-inspired pannier silhouettes of the opening to astronauts’ jumpsuits, back to embroidered court jackets and forward again to twenties volumes. Models from each grouping emerged onto the circular set, a launching pad like something out of a sci-fi flick, with curved walls covered in orchids by the thousands. They circulated there to the sounds of Sonic Youth, exposing the clothes from all angles and letting the intricacies and, at other times, the purity of the construction sink in.

Photo: Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com

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