Guests arriving to Raf Simons’ Dior Spring 2016 show on Friday entered through a mountain of blue delphiniums, sprung as if by magic in the urban courtyard of the Carré du Louvre. Once inside, “natural” met modern as the mountain opened into a sleek, white expanse of a space. It made for a serene dichotomy, one sprung from the designer’s reflective mood.
For the Dior Spring 2016 collection Raf Simmons was inspired by Peter Weir’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and the girlish, slightly other-worldly beauty. Victorian undies with scalloped cotton tops and shorts formed a pristine foundation throughout the lineup which showed a parade of pastel transparency in striped organdy dresses, some with poetic lantern sleeves.
Bar jackets were softened by borders of fluid pleats, as well as low-key suiting and a strong showing of outerwear, from proper toppers to parkas, one with a flourish of 3-D flowers.