Simons takes Christian Dior against nature
PARIS (AP) - Against Nature was the title of Raf Simons' experimental Christian Dior spring-summer 2014 show, presented in a tent within Paris' Rodin Museum.
As the first guest ducked under low drooping vines to glimpse the display of the many thousands of vividly coloured exotic flowers that hung from make-shift metal scaffolding, the show's theme was immediately seen to echo in the decor.
This flora - in unnaturally lurid colours - had no place growing inside a tent. But the flowers were just the backdrop of Simons' combative and colorful creative mission: To form "a new tribe of flower women" and to "change the very nature of things."
Boldly, Simons intended to engage with and go against the DNA of the Dior house itself. When the show opened with a black bar jacket slashed at the sides, his intentions were clear.