Natalie Portman sits in on retro space-age Dior couture show in Paris

Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons acknowlegding the public at the end of the Christian Dior 2015 haute couture spring-summer collection fashion show. -- PHOTO: AFP
Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons acknowlegding the public at the end of the Christian Dior 2015 haute couture spring-summer collection fashion show. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Models presenting creations by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Chinese model and actress Angelababy poses prior to attend Christian Dior 2015 Haute Couture Spring-Summer collection fashion show in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Chinese model and actress Angelababy poses prior to attend Christian Dior 2015 Haute Couture Spring-Summer collection fashion show in Paris on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
US actress Natalie Portman and her husband French dancer and choreographer, Benjamin Millepied, posing before attending the  Christian Dior 2015 haute couture spring-summer collection fashion show. -- PHOTO: AFP
US actress Natalie Portman and her husband French dancer and choreographer, Benjamin Millepied, posing before attending the  Christian Dior 2015 haute couture spring-summer collection fashion show. -- PHOTO: AFP
Actress Natalie Portman (second from left), her husband Benjamin Millepied and Christian Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano (right) attend at the fashion house's haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Natalie Portman (second from left), her husband Benjamin Millepied and Christian Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano (right) attend at the fashion house's haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Natalie Portman (second from left), her husband Benjamin Millepied and Christian Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano (right) attend at the fashion house's haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Natalie Portman (second from left), her husband Benjamin Millepied and Christian Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano (right) attend at the fashion house's haute couture spring-summer 2015 fashion show on Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP, REUTERS) - The stars were aligned at Dior's haute couture show in Paris on Monday.

First, actress Natalie Portman - the face of Dior's Miss Dior perfume - was sitting in the front row, somewhat less stiffly than her Queen Padme persona from the Star Wars prequels.

Second was the spring-summer collection itself: all groovily Barbarella with fluorescent orange boots and skintight catsuits with flower-power patterns worn by models descending from a multi-level space-opera set in the gardens of Paris's Rodin Museum.

Third was David Bowie's 1972 Ziggy Stardust album on the sound system.

It was very retro space age.

"I was always thinking of the future for so many years and I was always anti-romanticising the past, but the past can be beautiful too," designer Raf Simons said.

The colourful garments, he said, incarnated "the romance of the 50s, with the experimentation of the 60s and the liberation of the 70s".

His ambition was for "something wilder, more sexual, strange and certainly more liberated for the haute couture and for women".

Bright, very bright colours, lines and swirls competed for attention on the outfits, which ranged from Dior's trademark thin-waisted, flouncy dresses to second skins to mid-thigh tunics with latex leggings.

This collection included lilac-coloured, low-cut boots; flashy blue or yellow, knee-high, vinyl boots; and boots with an empty rectangle shape of a heel with glittering crystals on the bottom.

Critics said this cemented the view that Simons was making his mark at the fashion house with his original shoe designs.

The VIP crowd included Chinese model-actress Angelababy and American model Marisa Berenson.

Christian Dior is one of the biggest fashion brands owned by the LVMH luxury goods empire.